DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Francisco Mejía hit a grand slam within the twelfth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays received their eighth consecutive recreation by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-7 on Friday evening.
After Jeremy Beasley (0-1) deliberately walked Joey Wendle to load the bases, Mejía drove the following pitch over the right-field wall.
Diego Castillo (1-2), who labored 1 1/3 innings, allowed Vladimir Guerrero Jr. second homer of the sport, a two-run shot within the twelfth.
Brandon Lowe homered twice, and Ji-Man Choi had a pinch-hit homer for the Rays, who stayed one-game behind AL East main Boston.
Tampa Bay has hit three or extra homers in 5 consecutive video games, the longest stretch in workforce historical past and one shy of the main league document set by the 1987 Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto’s Marcus Semien got here inside a single of hitting for the cycle.
The Rays tied it at 5 on Choi’s two-run homer off A.J. Cole within the sixth.
Guerrero and Teoscar Hernández had first inning RBI singles in opposition to Tyler Glasnow, who allowed 5 runs and 9 hits over 42 /3 innings and had his ERA leap from 2.35 to 2.90.
After Mejía couldn’t monitor down a wind-blown foul ball behind the plate, Semien made it 3-0 on a run-scoring triple within the second.
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Lowe hit a two-run drive through the third off Anthony Kay however Guerrero related on his twelfth homer later within the inning to place Toronto up 4-2.
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Lowe’s and Semien each had fifth-inning solo homers.
Kay allowed two runs, 4 hits, 4 walks and struck out over 4 innings. The lefty was pulled after throwing 91 pitches.
The Rays made a commerce earlier than the sport, sending shortstop Willy Adames and right-hander Trevor Richards to the Milwaukee Brewers for right-hander’s J.P. Feyereisen and RH Drew Rasmussen. Tampa Bay performed short-handed with 24 gamers as an alternative of the traditional 26 following completion of the deal.
The Rays house stadium, Tropicana Subject, is about 25 miles away from TD Ballpark, the place the Blue Jays are enjoying their third and closing homestand at their spring coaching facility earlier than relocating to Buffalo, New York.
It means the Tampa Bay gamers can keep house through the four-game collection.
“It’s superior,” mentioned Rays LHP Shane McClanahan, Saturday evening’s scheduled starter. “It beats any lodge. It’s at all times nice to remain house, that sense of consolation.”
The Blue Jays should not allowed to play in Toronto resulting from COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.
Blue Jays: 3B Cavan Biggio was a late scratch resulting from neck soreness, however hit a fielder’s alternative with the bases loaded within the eleventh as a pinch-hitter. … LF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left knee contusion) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day however was obtainable off the bench.
McClanahan (1-0) will face Blue Jays LHP Robbie Ray (2-1) Saturday evening.
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