TORONTO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Whit Merrifield drove in two runs with a seventh-inning double, George Springer added a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-2 Tuesday evening to achieve a doubleheader cut up between AL wild card contenders.
Toronto (80-62) remained a half-game forward of the Rays (79-62) in a race for the three AL wild playing cards that additionally consists of Seattle (79-61), which performed later Tuesday.
The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 earlier than rallying with a four-run seventh towards left-hander Colin Poche (4-2). Pinch-hitter Santiago Espinal walked and superior to 3rd on two wild pitches. Pinch-hitter Danny Jansen drew a one-out stroll and was changed by pinch-runner Bradley Zimmer. Merrifield adopted with a double down the third-base line.
“It was an enormous second in an enormous sport,” Merrifield stated. “It’s good to contribute, good to do one thing optimistic.”
The double was Merrifield’s first with Toronto and his second extra-base hit in 27 video games with the Blue Jays.
Springer homered to achieve 20 for the seventh time.
Poche allowed 4 runs and two hits in one-third of an inning.
“It hurts,” Poche stated. “It was an extended day. We fought actually laborious at the moment and we had an excellent likelihood to come back out of right here with two wins, which might be large.It’s powerful to sort of give that away.”
Poche hadn’t allowed a run since Aug. 28 at Boston.
“It simply sort of bought away from him,” Rays supervisor Kevin Money stated. “He’s been on a reasonably good run for us.”
Teoscar Hernández hit an RBI double off Kevin Herget within the eighth and scored on Matt Chapman’s sacrifice fly. Herget was making his main league debut.
Anthony Bass (4-3) bought one out for the win. Adam Cimber retired two batters within the eighth and Jordan Romano bought pinch-hitter Yandy Díaz to floor right into a forceout with runners on the corners.
As soon as Toronto stretched its result in 5, Zach Pop wrapped it up within the ninth.
After being scratched from the opener due to a abdomen sickness, Toronto’s Alek Manoah allowed two runs and 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings within the nightcap. He struck out 5 and walked two, leaving to a standing ovation.
“I awoke in the course of the evening feeling horrible,” Manoah stated. “I really awoke considering it was a nightmare after which I couldn’t breathe, chest was tight. Every part simply didn’t really feel too properly.”
Interim supervisor John Schneider stated it was “a terrific effort” by Manoah.
“He’s firmly cemented himself as top-of-the-line pitchers within the league, within the sport,” Schneider stated. “What he did tonight was extra of the identical.”
After staying dwelling to get some additional sleep, Manoah obtained fluids by an IV after arriving on the ballpark halfway by Recreation 1, and was declared match to pitch by the group medical employees.
“I sort of have the mentality that my job is to not really feel good, my job is to only go on the market and compete,” Manoah stated.
Ji-Man Choi opened the scoring with a leadoff dwelling run within the third inning, his tenth. Choi’s second-deck drive snapped Tampa Bay’s six-game homerless streak.
Toronto tied it within the sixth when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s swinging bunt.
Jonathan Aranda restored Tampa Bay’s lead when he linked on an 0-1 pitch from Manoah to start the seventh. It was the primary homer of Aranda’s profession.
Rays right-hander Yonny Chirinos was added because the twenty ninth man for the doubleheader and began the second sport permitting three hits in four-plus shutout innings. Chirinos left after hitting Chapman with a pitch beginning the fifth.
Within the opener, Tampa Bay left-hander Jeffrey Springs (8-4) pitched six shutout innings to win for the fifth time in six selections, Randy Arozarena drove in two runs and Díaz had three hits and scored twice because the Rays received 4-2 to snap a three-game shedding streak.
With Manoah unavailable, the Blue Jays opened Recreation 1 with right-hander Julian Merryweather (0-3) earlier than turning to right-hander Mitch White, Toronto’s twenty ninth man. White pitched six innings earlier than being returned to Triple-A Buffalo.
Rays: 2B Brandon Lowe was despatched dwelling to Florida to go to group docs after his sore again flared up, Money stated. Lowe missed 55 video games earlier this season due to again ache. … RHP Tyler Gasnow (elbow surgical procedure) allowed one run and one hit in 1 1/3 innings in his second rehab begin with Triple-A Durham. Glasnow struck out two and walked two.
Rays: Tampa Bay returned RHP Cooper Criswell to Triple-A Durham and recalled LHP Josh Fleming from the taxi squad.
Earlier than Chirinos threw his first pitch, dwelling plate umpire Dan Merzel introduced him a towel from the dugout and requested Chirinos to wipe off his left forearm.
“You may’t put rosin in your glove hand,” Money defined.
RHP Ross Stripling (7-4, 3.03) begins for Toronto Wednesday evening. RHP Drew Rasmussen (10-4, 2.57) goes for the Rays.
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