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The Blue Jays beat Rays 4-1 and hit two home runs

Toronto – The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 in the opening round of a five-game series at Rogers Center on Thursday night, with Teoscar Hernandez and Santiago Espinal It became home.

Yusei Kikuchi made his first quality start in more than a month, and Toronto won his third victory in four games, and Adam Simver won a save.

Toronto (43-33) finished second in the American League East with Boston. Tampa Bay is behind the Blue Jays and the idle Red Sox by 2 1/2 games. The Red Sox occupy the top two AL wildcards.

Isaac Paredes hit a solo shot of the raise (40-35). Raise hit three times in a row. Toronto beat Tampa Bay 9-5.

Kikuchi (3-4) allowed one earned run, four hits, and one walk. He had eight strikeouts in his first win since May 16th.

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Tampa Bay opener Matt Wisler worked a scoreless frame before handing the ball to Ryan Yarbrough, Triple- Newly recalled from ADurham. Yarbro gave up infield hits second to Alejandro Kirk before Hernandez hit his eighth home run this year.

Kikuchi didn't allow a hit until Yandy Diaz hit a two-out single in the third inning. He remained stuck when Wander Franco attacked.

Tampa Bay halved the lead fourth when Paredes curled a solo shot just inside the left-wing foul screen. Season 11 home runs.

Kikuchi instigated Taylor Walls in the fifth inning with his 400th strikeout. Left-handed players gave up consecutive singles on sixth base, but third baseman Matt Chapman made two strong defensive plays to mitigate the threat.

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Chapman 5-3 After starting a double play, he short-hopped Randy Aroldisana's grounder and then made a strong throw to 1st on 3rd base.

Seven times, relief Trent Thornton gave up the single to Vidal Brujan. Vidal Brujan took second and third place with a slow error from rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno.

Chapman's defense helped again when he chased Francisco Mejia's flyball and retired his side in the foul territory.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. floated a single in the right fielder in the lower half of the frame before Espinal hit his sixth home run this year.

Yarbrough (0-4) allowed 4 earned runs, 8 hits, and a walk of 5 1/3 innings or more.

David Phelps throws eight innings in Toronto and Simver wins four saves. The number of attendees announced was 22,987, and it took 2 hours and 55 minutes to play the game.


This is the first time the Blue Jays have played a five-game series at Rogers Center.

Toronto has played at least five game series in franchise history for the twelfth time and at home for the fourth time (other series 1977, 79). It was held at the exhibition stadium in 1980.).

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This week's series adds additional games, including the one scheduled for April 4th. rice field.

Move Roster

Raise put pitchers Brooks Rayleigh and Ryan Thompson on the restricted list before the match. Right-handed Javy Guerra and Phoenix Sanders have been added to the Triple A Durham active roster.

Tampa Bay also put left-handed Jeffrey Springs on his family's emergency medical list.

Expected pitcher

Right-handed players will be square on Friday night. Jose Berríos (5-4, ERA 5.86) will face Corey Kluber (3-4, 3.45) in Tampa Bay.

Neither team has confirmed a Saturday doubleheader or a Sunday afternoon Series Finale starter.

Tampa Bay's Shane McClanahan (8-3, 1.77) and Toronto's Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.93) may pitch on Saturday, but start in the afternoon or evening. I don't know.

This report by Canadian Press was first published on June 30, 2022.

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