Francisco Mejia hit a tiebreaking, two-run single throughout a seven-run burst within the eleventh inning and the Tampa Bay Rays gained their eleventh straight sport, outlasting the Toronto Blue Jays 14-8 on Monday.
Tampa Bay moved inside one win of the crew file for consecutive victories. In 2004, taking part in because the Satan Rays, they gained 12 in a row beneath supervisor Lou Piniella.
“Once we assist one another, we are able to do something,” Mejia stated by a translator. “Carry on having that motivation, good factor can occur.”
After each groups scored twice within the tenth to make it 7-all, the Rays erupted.
Mejia’s hit got here off Joel Payamps (0-2) with the bases loaded. Randy Arozarena doubled house a run, Austin Meadows had an RBI grounder, Manuel Margot knocked in two with a triple and Mike Brosseau added an RBI single towards Tim Mayza.
“Simply excellent at-bats,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated. “It was a very good backwards and forwards sport.”
Mejia had a Twelfth-inning grand slam within the Rays’ 9-7 win over Toronto on Friday evening.
A day after the Rays drew 5 walks throughout a four-run rally within the ninth to win 6-4, Tampa Bay batters walked seven instances. Rays pitchers, in the meantime, walked none.
‘Issues are going to get higher’ says Guerrero Jr.
Joey Wendle hit a grand slam as Tampa Bay took a 5-0 lead within the first. The Rays wound up with a four-game sweep and took over sole possession of first place within the AL East.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two of Toronto’s 5 house runs. The Blue Jays misplaced their sixth in a row.
“Clearly we do not really feel good proper now however we will maintain our heads up,” Guerrero stated by a translator. “We’ll proceed to grind it, play exhausting, Issues are going to get higher for us.”
Tampa Bay scored twice within the tenth, however Marcus Semien tied it with a two-run homer off Jeffrey Springs (4-1).
Guerrero’s second shot was a two-run drive within the eighth off Ryan Thompson to tie it at 5.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez additionally homered for the Blue Jays, who performed their last sport at TD Ballpark. Toronto dropped seven of 10 on the ultimate homestand and completed 10-11 at its spring coaching facility.
The Blue Jays will now relocate to Buffalo, New York, as COVID-19 restrictions in Canada stop them from taking part in in Toronto.
“We’ve to do what we have now to do,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated. “It is time to transfer on. It is humorous, it was nearly like taking part in a house sport for the Rays.”
The Blue Jays went 17-9 in Buffalo final yr. The 65.4 p.c profitable share is tied for the second highest for Toronto house video games, solely trailing 67.5 p.c in 1985.
Montoyo opted to have Trent Thornton begin the sport as an opener in entrance of the struggling Ross Stripling.
Thornton was on the verge of getting out of first scoreless however third baseman Santiago Espinal booted Margot’s two-out grounder for an error. Ji-Man Choi walked to load the bases and Taylor Partitions pressured house run on a free go on a 3-2 pitch.
After Toronto pitching coach Pete Walker was ejected for arguing, Wendle made it 5-0 on his opposite-field drive to left.
Stripling entered within the second and gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings.
Gurriel Jr. had a second-inning homer, and Guerrero and Hernandez went back-to-back off Ryan Yarbrough within the fourth to get the Blue Jays inside 5-3.
Guerrero has 11 of his 15 homers at TD Ballpark. His first shot to centre went 461 ft.
Yarbrough allowed three runs and third hits in six innings and has a 23-start winless streak. It is the longest stretch for a conventional starter since Atlana’s Shelby Miller (24) from Could 23—Sep 27, 2015. The lefty, who usually follows an opener, is 25-5 as a reliever.