Jays beat Rays 6-3 to end Tampa’s streak


TORONTO – George Springer hit a leadoff homer and Bo Bichette had 5 hits because the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 6-3 on Friday evening to finish the Rays’ season-opening 13-game profitable streak.

Jose Berrios threw 5 sturdy innings in his greatest begin of the 12 months as Toronto (9-5) gained for the eighth time in 10 video games.

The Blue Jays took benefit of a pair of bases-loaded walks and a two-run error within the fifth inning. Josh Lowe and Christian Bethancourt reduce into the lead with back-to-back homers off Yimi Garcia within the seventh.

Erik Swanson pitched a scoreless eighth inning for Toronto and Jordan Romano of Markham, Ont., labored the ninth for his fifth save.

Tampa Bay (13-1) was seeking to set a modern-day Main League Baseball report for many consecutive victories to start out a season.

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The 1982 Atlanta Braves and 1987 Milwaukee Brewers additionally went 13-0. The 1884 St. Louis Maroons went 20-0 within the Union Affiliation.

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Tampa Bay starter Drew Rasmussen (2-1) entered play with a clear earned-run common this season. Springer modified that by taking his second pitch of the sport over the wall for his third homer of the 12 months.

It was the 53rd leadoff homer of Springer’s profession, shifting him right into a tie for third place on the all-time MLB listing with Craig Biggio.

Berrios (1-2) retired the primary eight Rays so as however left the sport after the fifth inning with a left knee contusion after taking a comebacker off the again of his leg. He was capable of gather the ball and threw out Diaz for the third out.

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The Blue Jays loaded the bases within the backside half of the body after Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled and Daulton Varsho walked. Rasmussen was pulled after hanging out Matt Chapman.

Southpaw reliever Colin Poche got here on and walked pinch-hitter Alejandro Kirk after which Santiago Espinal to make it 4-1.

Danny Jansen hit a tailored double play ball however second baseman Brandon Lowe missed Wander Franco’s throw, permitting two extra runs to attain.

Bichette, who’s hitting .391, had two doubles and three singles as Toronto outhit Tampa Bay 10-8.

Introduced attendance was 34,822 and the sport took two hours 37 minutes to play.


Chapman returned to the lineup after sitting out a recreation as a consequence of a viral sickness.

The Toronto third baseman was named American League participant of the week final Monday.


Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier had two singles in his first recreation towards his former staff.

He signed a one-year cope with Toronto within the low season after spending his complete big-league profession with Tampa Bay. Kiermaier was drafted by the Rays in 2010 and performed 10 seasons in Tampa Bay.

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Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (1-0, 6.75 earned-run common) was scheduled to start out for Toronto on Saturday.

The Rays had but to finalize their starter plans for the matinee. The groups will shut out the collection on Sunday afternoon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed April 14, 2023.

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