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ST. PETERSBURG -- Monday night's blown seven-run lead marked the largest ever by the Rays in a loss at Tropicana Field. The previous record was six runs on April 16, 2007, against Baltimore, when they held leads of 6-0 and 7-1 before losing 9-7.

The seven-run lead was the largest surrendered in a loss overall since blowing a 10-0 lead and losing 11-10 on May 25, 2009, at Cleveland.

The seven runs also marked the largest blown lead in a loss by a Major League team this year.

The Rays have lost twice in the past week when scoring seven-plus runs, after not doing it previously in 2011 or '12. They last did it on Sept. 14, 2010, against the Yankees. They also lost 9-8 on Wednesday at Kansas City, after leading 5-0 and 6-1.

Their seven-run third inning tied the Rays' highest single-inning output since the start of 2012. It was the 42nd time in club history they had a seven-run inning, but only the fourth loss.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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