After a successful sweep of the Red Sox in Boston, the Rays traveled to
Toronto Buffalo to take on the Blue Jays in their new temporary home, Sahlen Field.
Tanner Roark took the mound for the Blue Jays and he started his day with a walk to Austin Meadows. Hitting second in the lineup, Brandon Lowe put two runs on the board with a no-doubt home run over the right field wall, putting the Rays up 2-0.
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When it was Austin Meadows’ turn to bat in the top of the second, he worked another walk and Brandon Lowe drove him home again, this time with a single to make it a 3-0 Rays lead.
Trevor Richards started for the Rays tonight and allowed a two-run home run to Rowdy Tellez in the bottom of the second to put the Blue Jays on the board. Richards allowed a game-tying home run to Cavan Biggio in the bottom of the fourth before being replaced in the bottom of the fifth.
Richards worked 4.1 innings, throwing 82 pitches (46 strikes), allowing three runs on two home runs while walking three and striking out three. Ryan Thompson replaced Richards and allowed nothing in the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth, Willy Adames got things going with a leadoff double before Yandy Diaz and Kevin Kiermaier both walked to load the bases for Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe hit a sacrifice fly and made way for pinch-hitter Jose Martinez (who replaced catcher Michael Perez), but Martinez hit into a momentum-killing inning-ending double play, leaving the score 4-3 Rays.
Randal Grichuk tied the game back up with a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning. Thompson allowed a single and recorded an out before handing the ball over to Aaron Loup. Loup had an outing to forget, hitting Cavan Biggio to put two runners on for Bo Bichette. Bichette launched a three-run home run, making it 7-4 Blue Jays.
After the inning’s second out was recorded, Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo home run to make it 8-4 Blue Jays. Loup was having a poop outing, but he stayed in for the bottom of the seventh and worked a scoreless inning.
Jose Alvarado was brought in to pitch the bottom of the eighth, and Alvarado, who has been much better this year, was just as bad as Loup tonight. After walking Danny Jansen and hitting Biggio, Bo Bichette singled to load the bases and a wild pitch score Jansen. Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run home run to make it 12-4 Blue Jays.
Mike Brosseau came in to pitch after Alvarado’s rough outing and Brosseau was the best pitcher used by the Rays tonight, striking out the only batter he faced.
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In what was far from the bullpen’s best performance, the Rays allowed what should be a one-off this season, allowing 12 runs after scoring 17 the night before. AJ Cole closed the game out for the Blue Jays, ending this game 12-4.
The Rays play the Blue Jays again tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 6:37 pm. Ryan Yarbrough is expected to take the mound for the Rays, while Chase Anderson is scheduled to start for the Jays.