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TORONTO - Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos hasnt exactly had an ideal season. But as he sees it, its been a humbling one. Toronto purchased the right-handers contract from triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, optioning fellow reliever Kyle Drabek on Sunday to make room on the roster for Santos four weeks after he was designated for assignment and passed through waivers unclaimed. Now that hes back with the major league club, the 31-year-old says he appreciates the time he spent in Buffalo. "It was extremely humbling. You take things for granted because its so nice up here," Santos said prior to the Blue Jays game versus the Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. "The way I look at it, it was a four-week refresher. Now Im back and hopefully I can get on a run here." Santos, who also spent time on the disabled list earlier in the season with elbow and forearm soreness, struggled through 19 2-3 innings at the big league level, going 0-2 with a 7.78 earned-run average and a 2.085 WHIP. With the Bisons, Santos pitched 10 2-3 innings of relief, giving up just three hits and one unearned run while striking out 16 and walking six batters. Primarily known for his fastball and slider, Santos said he spent time working on his change-up in Buffalo — a pitch he threw only 10.2 per cent of the time this year, and 8.9 per cent in total through his five major league seasons. More generally though, Santos said he worked on "everything." "I think a lot of it had to so with just consistently throwing, having outings pretty much every other day and getting in a rhythm," he said. "Pitching is so based on that, you get some momentum and you build off it. I was just fortunate to throw the ball well down there." "I was hoping (to get called up), but all I could control was how I was throwing and I knew that the better I threw, the more pressure I could kind of put on the team as far as coming back up," he added. "I tried not to worry about it and tried to focus on throwing." Drabek, who was recalled from triple-A on Aug. 16, hugged teammates in the clubhouse Sunday morning before leaving with his Buffalo Bisons bag draped over his shoulder. Drabek worked just three scoreless innings for the Blue Jays in 2014, striking out five, walking two and giving up two hits. Santos said he hadnt yet discussed with manager John Gibbons and pitching coach Pete Walker what his role with the big league club would be this time around. But he did say he was OK with working his way back up the bullpens pecking order. "I know that if I throw the ball well and keep throwing the ball well there will be a role for me somewhere," Santos said. Prior to his demotion this year, Santos hadnt pitched a non-rehab related game at the triple-A level since 2009. While he shook hands and doled out hugs to smiling teammates as they strolled into the clubhouse, Santos seemed at peace with his up-and-down year. "Its been a whirlwind," he said. 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It just seemed like every time you made a mistake, it ended up in our net and we couldnt score. The last couple of games weve showed some character, said Marchand, who scored 2:02 into the game and added a goal midway through the second period to give Boston a 4-2 lead.The Bruins were coming off a 4-3 victory over Buffalo on Sunday, forcing overtime on a goal with 1:31 left in the third.Two nights later, Boston built a lead and hung on.We had to come back with a strong performance tonight and I thought we did it, Bergeron said. Even though it wasnt pretty in the third, we found a way.David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who held the Predators to 10 shots through the first two periods. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves and Chris Kelly had a pair of assists for Boston.Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck each had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Becks goal 6:48 into the third period pulled the Predators to 4-3, but Rask didnt let anything else by him as Boston won for the third time in four games.I always want to play a perfect game and today definitely wasnt a perfect game. Theres been times Ive played really good and weve lost, Rask said. Today I wasnt at my best but the guys (picked me up) and played a heck of a game.ddddddddddddAfter shutting down Nashville through the first two periods, the Bruins withstood a barrage from the Predators in the third.The Predators, who won at Columbus 5-1 on Monday night, had 15 shots in the final period despite having to kill a 4-minute power play.We knew we had to come out extremely hard in the third period down a couple goals. We thought that we played a great period, Beck said. We couldve been back into it with any bounces. Rask made some big saves, and sometimes you just fall short.Nashville couldnt rally after falling behind 4-2 on goals by Eriksson and Marchand in the second period.Eriksson broke a 2-all tie 5:53 into the second and added an empty-netter with 38 seconds remaining after Nashville pulled goalie Carter Hutton, playing in just his fourth game this season.We pushed but we didnt have enough tonight, said Hutton, who made 24 saves.Bergeron assisted on Marchands goal 2:01 into the game and again when Marchand scored at 10:51 of the second to give Boston a 4-2 lead.Rask had a spotty first period, allowing two goals, but hardly saw the puck in the second when the Predators managed only three shots on goal.NOTES: Krejcis goal in the first gave Boston power-play goals in two straight games for the first time since Nov. 6 (Edmonton) and Nov. 10 (New Jersey). ... The Predators beat Boston 3-2 in a shootout last Tuesday. ... 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