MLB: A 10th straight win for TB; 5th consecutive loss for the Blue Jays
DUNEDIN, Fla. –Travis Bergen conceded three straight walks with goals filled and two strikeouts in the ninth inning, which saw the Tampa Bay Rays win 6-4 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
Austin Meadows, Manuel Margot and Mike Brosseau walked in on walks, leading the Rays to a 10th straight win.
Tyler Chatwood (0-1) had already allowed two walks in the ninth.
The Jays started the ninth ahead 4-2. After a walk and a single to start the inning, Brett Phillips hit a single run. Chatwood struck out Randy Arozarena on a candle, before conceding a walk to Yandy Diaz to fill in the goals.
Bergen came up to the mound, then Meadows walked him a walk to tie it up. He hit three foul balls once the count was 3 and 2.
Margot allowed the Rays to take the lead with one walk in five pitches and Brosseau went to first base after four straight balls to make it 6-4.
“Our players have done a great job of making it difficult for him,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash. Austin Meadows’ batting presence was nothing short of amazing. «
Only Marcus Semien made it to the trails late in the ninth for the Blue Jays, but he couldn’t go further than the first pad.
Josh Fleming (4-3) allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. JP Feyereisen closed the books in ninth, picking up the rescue.
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Randal Grichuk slammed a two-run homer, but the Jays lost a fifth straight game.
“We have to keep playing,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo after talking to his players.
“They are frustrated, for sure, these are difficult defeats to take. I think we’re down to four cruel defeats in a row. «
Francisco Mejia hit a home run for the Rays.
Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two runs and eight hits in six two-thirds innings.
The Rays took a 2-1 lead in the fifth thanks to Mejia’s solo circuit.
Teoscar Hernandez had a solo homerun in the fourth, before drawing the tie 2-2 with a single in the fifth. He has five homers and 22 RBIs in 22 games since ending his time on the sidelines due to COVID-19.
The Blue Jays will play one last game in Dunedin on Monday, again against the Rays.
Toronto will then have another temporary home, via a return to Buffalo.