Teoscar Hernandez drove in four runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 11-2 win

Teoscar Hernandez drove in four runs and Kevin Pillar hit a solo home run as the Toronto Blue Jays downed the Tampa Bay Rays 11-2 in pre-season baseball action Thursday.

Toronto had back-to-back five-run innings in the third and fourth to break the game open.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the top of the third when a Hernandez single scored two runs.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. scored on a wild pitch from Colin Poche, then Kendrys Morales followed with a two-run single.

Tandy Diaz got two runs back for the Rays with a single in the bottom of the third, but the Jays piled on five more runs in the next inning.

Gurriel started the big inning with an RBI double, then Hernandez scored two more with a line-drive single and Morales made it 10-2 with a sacrifice fly.

Pillar’s fifth-inning homer capped the scoring.

Clayton Richard started and his first two innings went very well, no hits, just one hit batter and 3 strikeouts.

His third inning didn’t go as well. He started it off with a walk. A fly out and a hard hit line out followed. But 4 straight singles scored 2. To to be fair, 2 of the singles were infield singles. He came out of the game with 2 out and the bases loaded. Corey Copping came in and got the last out with a strikeout. It was the only inning the Rays would get any hits.

In all, Richard went 2.2, allowed 4 hits (all singles, two infield singles, 1 walk with 3 strikeouts. Add in the 2 scoreless innings from his last appearance, he has a 3.86 ERA this spring.

Tyler Glasnow took the loss for Tampa Bay (6-8) after surrendering the first earned a run, but the Jays did most of their damage against Poche (four earned runs without recording an out) and Wilmer Font (five runs, four earned, over a third of an inning).

The Jays are now 5-6-1. While they play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a pair of split-squad games on Friday.

Peace,

Burke.

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