The Blue Jays look as though they may never lose another game.
Toronto will carry its franchise record-tying 11-game win streak back across the border to Tampa Bay, where the Rays stand next in line to try to cool down their white-hot division foe.
"What a way to get ourselves right back into relevance after a horrendous April," said Toronto infielder Mark DeRosa. "[We] found a way to stick together and battle. It's still towards the early part of the season, creeping towards midway, but at the same time we put ourselves back into the race."
The Blue Jays are the first team since the Tigers in 2011 to win 11 consecutive contests. Toronto previously reached the mark in 1989 and 1998.
"You never think you get hot to the point where you win 10 in a row," DeRosa said. "This is a tough league. I don't care who you're playing; it's tough to do that."
Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 5.50 ERA) will be tasked with keeping Toronto in check when he toes the rubber in Monday's series opener.
"I saw [on Saturday] they've won nine or 10 in a row -- and that's the first I've heard that," Hellickson said. "It really doesn't surprise me too much. They have a very talented offense, with a lot of power and a lot of speed. If they can put some things together, they're very capable of running nine or 10 [wins] off. Really not much more to say. I just have to go out there and pitch my game."
Hellickson, who held Boston to two runs over six innings his last time out, hasn't issued a walk in any of his last four outings and hasn't issued more than one free pass in any of his last eight starts.
"I'm getting ahead of guys, so I can nitpick with 0-2 and 1-2 counts," Hellickson said. "Just being aggressive and getting ahead of guys is the main thing."
Blue Jays: Lind continues to rake
• Adam Lind has at least one hit in 17 of his last 20 games. Since May 7, the first baseman is batting .386 (54-for-140) with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. Over that stretch, he has raised his batting average to .337 from .228.
"Adam has certainly been one of the better hitters in the American League, right now," DeRosa said. "Having to go through Melky [Cabrera] and Jose [Bautista] and Eddy [Edwin Encarnacion] and him, and the guys behind those four, makes for a tough afternoon.
"I've never been a part of an extended streak like he's been on. But you knew it was in there. If you do it once in this league ... it's in there. This is the best in the business. Guys going out there and [competing]. For him to stay as hot for as long as he has, shows you how good of a hitter he is."
• Esmil Rogers will take the hill for Toronto on Monday. The right-hander has posted a 3-2 record and 3.14 ERA this season. In four starts, Rogers is 2-0 with a 1.71 ERA.
Rays: Price on the mend
• Southpaw David Price is slated to make his second rehab start for Class A Charlotte on Wednesday. He threw a bullpen session on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
• Left-handed hurler Alex Torres is 2 1/3 innings shy of matching J.P. Howell's club record of 27 1/3 consecutive scoreless frames.
• With his blast on Saturday, Wil Myers joined Jorge Velandia as the only Rays players to hit a grand slam for their first Major League home run.
• Encarnacion has 42 RBIs in his last 40 games.