Springer’s two homers direct Jays to 7-1 get more than Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — George Springer homered twice, Alejandro Kirk and Teoscar Hernández also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 on Sunday to attain a 4-recreation split.

Toronto (86-67) opered a two-game guide about Tampa Bay (84-69) for the leading wild card with nine game titles still left.

Seattle (83-68) was also two online games again with a sport to perform later on Sunday towards Kansas City.

Toronto allowed 20 runs in getting rid of the very first two game titles, but constrained Tampa Bay to a total of two operates to get the final two.

Ross Stripling (9-4) permitted 1 run and six hits in five innings.

Zach Pop, Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards and Yusei Kikuchi merged to give up a person hit above 4 innings.

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Rays all-star Shane McClanahan (12-7), who was pulled in the fifth inning of his preceding start off due to neck tightness, gave up four runs and six hits, together with a job-high three homers, around 5 innings.

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Springer belted a two-operate shot in the third inning, and extra a fifth-inning solo generate for his 23rd homer this season as the Blue Jays took a 4-1 lead.

Springer completed with a few hits in his 20th occupation multi-homer activity.

Kirk strike a solo homer in the course of the second, and Hernández built it 6-1 with a two-run homer in the eighth off Garrett Cleavinger.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. strike a ninth-inning RBI solitary.

Randy Arozarena pulled the Rays to 3-1 on a sacrifice fly in the third.

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Sunday’s announced group was 16,394, supplying the Rays a closing dwelling attendance for the year of 1,128,127. The total will be the 3rd most affordable in the majors. Tampa Bay drew 1,178,735 in 2019, which was the last yr prior to two seasons with COVID attendance limits. The Rays have drawn beneath 1.3 million at residence each and every 12 months due to the fact 2015.


Springer has three homers in 13 at-bats towards McClanahan. … Rays SS Wander Franco prolonged his vocation-higher hitting streak to 12 games with a 3rd-inning solitary. … Tampa Bay 1B Harold Ramirez experienced three hits.


Retiring Rays bullpen coach Stan Boroski and key league clinical coordinator Paul Harker threw ceremonial first pitches. Boroski is in his 13th year with the team, when Harker joined the Rays for their inaugural year in 1998.


Rays: 3B Yandy Díaz (left shoulder) was out of the lineup for the sixth straight activity but could begin Tuesday. … RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgical procedure) is scheduled to rejoin the rotation Wednesday night time at Cleveland.

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Blue Jays: Open up a dwelling series Monday night time versus the New York Yankees.

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Rays: RHP Corey Kluber (10-9) will pitch in Cleveland for first given that leaving the group after the 2019 season. Kluber, who won the AL Cy Youthful Award with Cleveland in 2014 and 2017, will face RHP Shane Bieber (12-8).


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