Randal Grichuk hit a pinch-hit, three-run triple and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 Friday night.
Jon Berti, playing in his second big-league game after eight years in the minors, had a two-run double for his first career RBIs that tied the score 4-4 in the sixth inning.
Grichuk’s first triple of the season came off Jose Alvarado (1-6) to put Toronto up 7-5 in the seventh.
Adam Moore’s first home run since 2012 drove in the final run for Tampa Bay in the eighth.
Tim Mayza (2-0) got the win and Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 26th save, converting his 31st straight successful save opportunity.
Mallex Smith tripled and Joey Wendle doubled for the Rays in a three-run first inning against Toronto starter Thomas Pannone. Tommy Pham also walked in the inning, extending his streak of games in which he has reached base to 30.
Smith had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who lost by one run for the 31st time.
Rays starter Tyler Glasnow gave up three runs and seven hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Teoscar Hernandez led off the second inning with his 21st home run, and Rowdy Tellez led off the sixth with his fourth, starting a three-run inning that helped the Blue Jays tie it 4-all.
Pannone pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits with three walks.
HAPPY TO BE HERE
John Gibbons has called Tropicana Field a “house of horrors” but said he is happy that his final series as Blue Jays manager is being played at the domed stadium. “There’s no chance of a rainout or doubleheaders,” Gibbons said. “Perfect temperature.”
Toronto improved to 74-109 all-time on the Rays’ home field.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Thursday’s beanball incident that got New York pitcher C.C. Sabathia ejected is best forgotten. “I’m glad nobody got hurt,” Cash said. “It’s probably a good time for us to send off the Yankees and not play ’em for a while.”
Blue Jays: INF prospect Bo Bichette will not play in the Arizona Fall League due to minor knee and elbow soreness. The 20-year old hit .286 with 11 homers and 74 RBIs at Double-A New Hampshire.
Rays: DH Ji-Man Choi (left ear laceration) and 3B Matt Duffy (hamstring) are not likely to play in the season-ending series for precautionary reasons.
Duffy played in 131 games after missing the entire 2017 season recovering from Achilles surgery.
LHP Blake Snell (21-5) will be attempting to win his 10th straight start for the Rays on Saturday night against LHP Ryan Borucki (4-5). Snell has not lost since July 12, and has a 1.03 earned run average over his nine straight wins.
Source: The Associated Press