ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Gausman allowed one hit and struck out 10 over eight masterful innings and the Toronto Blue Jays opened a nine-game highway journey with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night time.
The Blue Jays have received 11 of 13 and elevated their lead over Tampa Bay to 4 video games for the highest American League wild-card spot.
Jordan Romano labored the ninth to get his AL-best twenty fifth save regardless of permitting Taylor Partitions’ leadoff homer within the ninth.
The Blue Jays have been busy earlier than the commerce deadline an hour earlier than first pitch. They acquired two-time AL All-Star utilityman Whit Merrifield from Kansas Metropolis, and obtained relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from Miami.
Gausman (8-8) walked Randy Arozarena main off the primary, hit Isaac Paredes with a pitch with one out then retired 14 in a row earlier than Partitions singled for the Rays’ first hit to begin the sixth. The correct-hander threw 75 of 103 pitches for strikes.
Toronto went up 1-0 within the first when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Bo Bichette off Drew Rasmussen (6-4). Guerrero has a 13-game hitting streak.
Danny Jansen flared a two-run single to heart with two outs in ninth.
Rasmussen gave up one run and 6 hits over six innings.
Tampa Bay is 3-8 for the reason that All-Star break.
Middle fielder Jose Siri, acquired from Houston on Monday, went 0 for 3 in his Rays debut. He made a nifty sliding catch to take a success away from Bichette with two on and two outs within the third and simply missed making a diving catch on Jansen’s single.
Regardless of making solely a minor deal Tuesday, sending OF Brett Phillips to Baltimore for $100,000, Tampa Bay ought to be getting big-time assist in late August or early September from inside.
President of Baseball Operations Erik Neander mentioned SS Wander Franco (proper hamate bone surgical procedure) and OFs Harold Ramirez (fractured proper thumb) and Manuel Margot (proper patellar tendon pressure) might all be again through the timeframe.
Blue Jays: OF George Springer (proper elbow) was out of the lineup for the third time within the final 4 video games. He might be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Rays: C Francisco Mejia (proper shoulder impingement) and RHP Matt Wisler (neck pressure) might return later this week. … RHP Yonny Chirinois (Tommy John surgical procedure) and LHP Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome surgical procedure) had their rehab assignments moved from the rookie-level FCL to Class-A Charleston,
Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (4-5), Wednesday’s starter, is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three video games in opposition to Tampa Bay.
Rays: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-6) will both begin or observe an opener Wednesday.
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