Jays launch five consecutive homers in twelfth inning win
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Saturday, July 27, 2019
Toronto (10) Tampa Bay (9) Final
The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 10-9 in an 11 inning showdown at Rogers Centre on Saturday evening. Toronto rallied for five consecutive home runs to win despite trailing 9-3 in the sixth inning.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to significantly cut his team’s deficit which eventually resulted in a 9-9 tie to force extra innings. Teoscar Hernandez delivered Toronto to victory with a solo shot in the twelfth inning.
Ryan Borucki lasted just two innings but allowed six earned runs off of eight hits. His three strikeouts narrowly edged his two home runs allowed.
The Rays were led by 23-year-old Willy Adames, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI and zero strikeouts.
Andrew Kittredge allowed five hits and two earned runs over three innings of work. He managed to strike out seven while limiting the opposition to one home run and zero walks.
Randal Grichuk doubled to score Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the first inning to give the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
Boston responded with six runs scored in the top of the second, including a three-run homer by Willy Adames to spark the Rays’ offence. Travis d’Arnaud also launched a three-run shot later in the inning to score Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows, giving the visiting team a 6-1 lead.
Cavan Biggio added a solo homer in the bottom of the second to cut the score to 6-2. The team’s offensive breakout remained dormant.
Tampa Bay increased their lead to 9-2 before the Blue Jays began their comeback to force extra innings.
The Blue Jays scored four straight home runs to even the score 9-9, concluded with Brandon Drury’s second solo shot of the night. Guerrero Jr. gave life to his team with a three-run bomb to begin the inning’s scoring.
It took twelve innings but Toronto came out on top to tie the series at one game apiece. The three-game series will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 1:07 p.m. EST at Rogers Centre.