The way the Tampa Bay Rays have owned the Blue Jays over the past six seasons who would have guessed that Toronto would be the team to throw a wrench in their playoff plans?

Since the beginning of the 2008 season until the start of this final three game series of the 2013 season the Rays had won 71 of the 96 meetings between these two AL East rivals.

But never in all that time have the Rays needed to dominate more than on this final weekend of the regular schedule with their playoff lives on the line. They arrived in Toronto as the No. 1 wild-card seed ahead of Cleveland and Texas.

Now after losing 6-3 to the Jays on Friday and again by a 7-2 score on Saturday the Rays are dangerously close to missing the post-season altogether. They come into the 162nd and final game of the season tied with the Rangers for the second wild-card spot a game behind the Indians.

Essentially everything is still on the table as far as the AL wild-card is concerned including the potential for a three-way tie which would trigger a two-game playoff in advance of the wild-card game itself.

All of that uncertainty for the Rays could have been avoided had not J.A. Happ pitched his best game of the year crippling the Rays on four hits until he left with one out in the eighth. Happ gave up a leadoff double to Ben Zobrist in the first inning and he scored on a Sean Rodriguez single but that was it for the Rays offence until they scored a meaningless second run with two outs in the top of the ninth.

“It’s been a long tough year for (Happ) what with getting hit in the head and hurting his knee” said manager John Gibbons. “There were some outings since he’s come back where he struggled. I think he has looked really good the last three starts.”

For Happ it was the right kind of ending to a star-crossed injury-plagued season.

“It feels really good” said Happ who tossed a total of 19.1 innings in his past three starts with an ERA of 2.33.

“I’ve been working and battling and feeling like I was close and finally there’s several starts where I have put it together. It feels good to end on a good note.”

The strong finish coincided with a slight change in his arm angle to get him away from coming over the top with his delivery.