Tampa Bay Rays 5, Toronto Blue Jays 3
Travis d’Arnaud’s pinch-hit sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Meanwhile, Daniel Robertson followed with his second RBI hit of the game to provide a bit of a cushion on the night.
Taking over in a game the Rays trailed 3-2 during the seventh, three Ray’s relievers combined for three innings of one-hit; helping the home team improve to 8-1 on their current 10-game home form.
Pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk against the Blue Jays fourth pitcher, Jordan Romano. He advanced to third on a double by Kevin Kiermaier. One out later, d’Arnaud brought home pinch-runner Mike Brosseau with the go-ahead run on his sacrifice fly, after which Robertson singled home Kiermaier for a 5-3 lead.
Following in the footsteps of Colin Poche in the seventh inning and Nick Anderson during the eighth, Oliver Drake worked a scoreless ninth, striking out the side for his second save.
The result means the Blue Jays lost their six straight game despite a strong outing by Anthony Kay in his major league debut.
The 24-year-old was acquired from the New York Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade. He gave up four hits and three walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.
Toronto closes the series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon.