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Rays: 5, Blue Jays: 1 - Victorious on the Fourth of July

Rays score with RISP and snap a 5 game losing streak!

Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images

Can the Rays’ snap their losing streak and beat Canada on Independence Day?! Lets find out!

Yarborough and his soft contact might be the best hope for the Rays to avoid a sweep, as he 6-1 against the Blue Jays with a 2.73 ERA

Good News: Blue Jays didn’t score in the 1st Inning.

Bad News: Rays started the 2nd inning with Yandy Diaz walk and an Austin Meadows double to put runners on second and third with nobody out. Mike Zunino, Fransisco Mejia, and Taylor Walls all struck out to end the inning and the scoring threat.

RISP woes continue.

Taylor Walls was a welcome back addition to the lineup as he applied a quick tag to nab a steal attempt by Teoscar Hernandez. That would help as Randal Grichuk homered to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.

Rays offense went down in the 3rd inning pretty easy 1-2-3. In the bottom of the 3rd Danny Jensen singled to lead off. Ryan Yarborough was able to get the ground ball to Mike Brosseau, but wasn’t able to turn two, and it is still 1 out. Yarby then got Bo Bichette to groundout, and Vlad Jr. to Strikeout to end the threat.

Wander Franco lead off the 4th inning with a double, which gave the Rays another baserunner with zero outs.

And the Rays couldn’t capitalize. Yandy Diaz hit a long fly ball for an out. Austin Meadows lined out, and Mike Zunino flied out. Rays still scoreless.

Remember when the Rays threw out Hernandez, who was trying to steal in the 2nd inning, and then Randal Grichuk homered? Same thing happened... TO THE RAYS.

Randy Arozarena worked a four pitch walk to open the 6th inning, and then immediately got caught stealing. After working a 2-2 count, Wander Franco hit an opposite field HR to tie the game!

Yandy Diaz followed Wander with a double, and then came around to score on an Austin Meadows double.

The scoreboard says Austin Meadows was “thrown out” at third base. Even with the replay, I don’t think he’s thrown out at third.

Thor’s tweet isn’t even about our game, but it still applies. Rays FINALLY get a 2-1 Lead!

Pitching has been an absolute gem so far. In the 6th inning, Colin McHugh came in relief of Ryan Yarborough. Besides the 2nd inning HR to Grichuk, Yarby had a solid outing. 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BBs, and 5 Ks.

McHugh proceeded to do what he has always done, and keep the Rays in the game, going 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BBs, and 6 Ks!

When can Colin McHugh be stretched out as a starter?

In the top of the 9th, Yandy Diaz hit grounder deep to Bo Bichette who threw it away and hit Yandy as he was hustling down the first base side. Yandy then HUSTLED his way all the way to third base, and the Rays’ had someone on with nobody out!

Unlike the past few/several games, the Rays actually scored with RISP!

Meadows went 3 for 4 today with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs.

A wild pitch by Blue Jays’ reliever Rafael Dolis moved Meadows to third base with 1 out, and a HBP to Francisco Mejia put runners on the corners with only 1 out. Rays decided to pitch run Austin Meadows with outfielder pitcher Brett Phillips.

Taylor Walls was welcomed back with a double of his own and scored the 4th run of the game.

Mike Brosseau even got in on the action and hit a sac fly and the Rays now have a 5-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

We should do this score runs thing more often.

Kevin Cash goes to Diego Castillo, who has not appeared in a game since June 30th, to face the heart of the Blue Jays order. Bo Bichette proceeds to hit the first pitch for a leadoff single, and Vlad Gurerro Jr. up. A passed ball by Zunino moves Bichette to second base with nobody out.

Castillo gets Vlad Jr. to ground out, struck out George Springer, and Teoscar Hernandez to pop out and preserve the 5-1 lead!

Rays win 5-1, and avoid the sweep, break the losing streak, and get a much needed win.

Rays head home for a 3 game series against Cleveland. Rich Hill is on the bump for the Rays, with Logan Allen will take the mound for Cleveland. Gametime is at 7:10 PM.