MLB: Three RBIs for Bo Bichette in Jays win

TORONTO – Bo Bichette hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning on Monday, guiding the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Bichette also hit a one-run single hours after being named last week’s AHL MVP.

In the eighth inning, his 24th homer of the season was hit against Jason Adam (2-3), after a Raimel Tapia single.

The cannon shot gave the crowd favorites a 3-2 lead.

Two innings earlier, the shortstop had been hit in the forearm by a quick pass by Javy Guerra.

« It wasn’t about revenge, » Bichette said of his time at bat in the eighth. I just wanted to help the team win. »

Jose Berrios allowed two runs and six hits in six and a third innings.

Yimi Garcia, Tim Mayza (7-0) and Ontario’s Jordan Romano finished the job.

Romano signed a 33rd save. In the ninth, he retired Manuel Margot on a long fly ball to center field (hats off to Jackie Bradley Jr.’s great run), Isaas Paredes at bat and Francisco Mejia on a ground ball to first base.

In the trio of clubs on track to reach the playoffs without being section champions, the Blue Jays stole second place from the Rays.

From Friday to Sunday, the visitors will be the Baltimore Orioles, who remain hopeful of catching the Jays, Rays or Seattle Mariners.

« Every remaining game is going to be important, » Blue Jays manager John Schneider said.

Last week, Bichette had 16 hits in 32 at bats. He provided five home runs, 13 RBIs and 11 scored.

Vladimir Guerrero hit a 32nd double, while Tapia stole a seventh.

The crowd of 23,002 was the smallest since June 30 at the Rogers Centre.

The Rays lost a third straight game.

There will be a doubleheader on Tuesday. On the Toronto side, the starters will be Alek Manoah (14-7) and probably Mitch White (1-6), against Jeffrey Springs (7-4) and a pitcher to be determined.

The “Bo-Show” continues in Toronto!

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