DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Taylor Partitions hit a pair of doubles in his main league debut and the Tampa Bay Rays received their ninth straight sport, 3-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday evening.
Manuel Margot hit a go-ahead single within the eighth inning and Mike Zunino homered for the Rays. Heart fielder Kevin Kiermaier left within the fifth inning with left eye irritation.
Partitions is a 24-year-old shortstop who had by no means performed above Double-A till this season. He was referred to as up from the minors after shortstop Willy Adames was traded to Milwaukee on Friday.
“The previous 12 hours has felt like 5 days,” Partitions stated earlier than the sport. “The occasions, they’re taking place so quick. There’s no method all this might occur in simply 12 hours.”
Partitions doubled within the ninth and later scored on a wild pitch and an errant throw to 3rd by catcher Danny Jansen.
“He performed nice protection, make some good performs and got here up with massive hits,” Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money stated.
Money is uncertain of Kiermaier’s standing for Sunday.
“I believe he’s going to be fantastic,” Money stated. “He’s acquired a scratch in his eye that he form of was batting via. He didn’t need to come out of the sport. It simply didn’t take advantage of sense at that time when he stated he was having to blink lots.”
After scoring 72 runs through the first eight wins, Tampa Bay generated simply sufficient offense. 5 Rays mixed on a six-hitter to ship Toronto to its fourth straight loss.
“This sport has acquired numerous ups and down,” Margot stated via a translator. “So we’ve to remain form of even keel to keep up that optimistic vitality and maintain that motivation going sport in and sport out.”
Rays starter Shane McClanahan allowed one run and 4 hits in 5 innings. Andrew Kittredge (4-0) threw a scoreless seventh and Diego Castillo labored the ninth to get his eighth save.
Toronto’s Robbie Ray gave up one run, 5 hits and struck out seven in seven innings. The lefty has fanned 49 and walked only one over his six begins.
“He gave us a shot towards a great crew,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated. “His command is nice. Once you throw strikes, you’re going to get folks out. Once you throw 95, 96, 97, that helps.”
The Blue Jays misplaced the sequence opener Friday evening 9-7 in 12 innings.
“Once you’re taking part in a sizzling crew, you’ve acquired to play your ‘A’ sport, and it hasn’t been our ‘A’ sport,” Montoyo stated. “We’ve performed properly however not an ideal sport.”
After Anthony Castro (0-1) deliberately walked Brandon Lowe with a runner on second and one out within the eighth, Margot singled to place the Rays up 2-1.
Castro was reinstated from the 10-day injured listing earlier than the sport after being sidelined by a proper forearm pressure.
Zunino tied it at 1 within the fifth on his eleventh homer.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drew a two-out stroll off McClanahan within the first and scored on Teoscar Hernández’s double. Hernández has 20 RBIs in 21 video games since coming back from the COVID-related IL.
Tampa Bay had a streak of scoring seven runs or extra in six straight video games finish. The Rays had additionally had hit three or extra homers in 5 consecutive video games, which was one away from the longest streak in main league historical past of six set by the 1987 Baltimore Orioles.
Partitions was recalled from Triple-A Durham. … RHP J.P. Feyereisen, additionally acquired from the Brewers, labored a scoreless sixth.
When Rays 1B Ji-Man Choi struck out swinging within the fifth, he misplaced management of his bat and it wound up in shallow proper subject.
Rays: RHP Michael Wacha (proper hamstring tightness) will reinstated from the 10-day IL to begin on Sunday.
Blue Jays: 3B Cavan Biggio was positioned on the 10-day IL with a cervical backbone ligament sprain. … CF George Springer (proper quadriceps pressure) is working sprints at 50-60 %.
Blue Jays LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (4-2) will begin on Sunday. Wacha is 1-1.
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