Wander Franco drives in 3 as Rays beat Blue Jays 10-5 | Globalnews.ca

Wander Franco drives in 3 as Rays beat Blue Jays 10-5  | Globalnews.ca

2022-09-23 08:03:02

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco had three RBIs, Jonathan Aranda homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 on Thursday night time within the opener of an enormous four-game collection between playoff contenders.

Randy Arozarena had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rays, who have been coming off a three-game collection through which they have been swept by Houston and scored simply twice.

Tampa Bay (83-67) pulled inside one recreation of Toronto (84-66) for the highest spot within the AL wild-card standings. Seattle (82-67) is in third, 4 video games forward of Baltimore.

Whit Merrifield homered twice for Toronto, and Teoscar Hernández additionally went deep. José Berríos (11-6) was tagged for six runs and 7 hits in two innings.

Manuel Margot’s infield RBI single, and run-scoring hits by Franco and Arozarena put the Rays up 6-3 within the second.

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Franco added a two-run double in the course of the Rays’ three-run fourth.

Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money opted to have Ryan Yarbrough (3-8) substitute opener JT Chargois to begin the second, going through a pair of hitters with some profession success towards the lefty.

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Hernández hit a leadoff homer, his seventh in 34 at-bats towards Yarbrough. One out later, Merrifield tied it at 3 together with his solo shot, giving him seven hits, together with two homers, in 9 at-bats towards the left-hander.

Merrifield added a two-run drive within the ninth.

Yarbrough left within the third with proper aspect discomfort.

Garrett Cleavinger changed Yarbrough and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings earlier than Shawn Armstrong, Brooks Raley and Colin Poche mixed for 3 hitless innings.

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Aranda homered on the second pitch from Berríos in a three-run first. Arozarena hit a run-scoring double, went to 3rd on a throw to the plate and scored on a wild pitch.

Toronto’s Bo Bichette hit a run-scoring double within the first, giving him 24 RBIs in 21 video games in September.

CATCH OF THE GAME

Rays radio play-by-play man Andy Freed caught a foul ball from Toronto’s George Springer in the course of the seventh in a internet the broadcasters maintain of their field.

MANOAH MAGIC

The Blue Jays are lining up right-hander Alek Manoah (14-7. 2.40 ERA) to begin the ultimate regular-season recreation or a possible wild-card opener.

Interim supervisor John Schneider would use Manoah if home-field benefit was at stake.

“I feel there could be nothing higher than taking part in in entrance of our followers within the postseason after the final couple years (impacted by the pandemic),” Schneider mentioned. “We haven’t been there with what the world and nation has been by means of.”

COMING AND GOING

Rays right-hander Kevin Herget, who made his massive league debut on Sept. 13 after a decade within the minors, was designated for task.

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Infielder/outfielder Miles Mastrobuoni was chosen from Triple-A Durham after seven years within the minors and a pair weeks following his brother’s wedding ceremony.

“It’s been an eventful month for our household,” Mastrobuoni mentioned.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left hamstring) is doing baseball actions and will quickly begin operating . … INF Santiago Espinal (left indirect) went on the IL.

Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan (neck stiffness) had a bullpen session and is ready to begin Sunday. … 3B Yandy Díaz (left shoulder) acquired a cortisone shot. … Money mentioned 2B Brandon Lowe (again) continues to be sore however it isn’t identified if it stems from the damage or a current shot.

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (9-4) will begin Friday night time. Toronto has not introduced its starter.

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