Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays Game Report - April 12, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Friday, April 12, 2019
Blue Jays (7) - Rays (11)
Photo Credit: @BlueJays
Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe each hit two home runs as the Tampa Bay Rays held on to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-7 on Friday night.
Meadows went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Lowe went 2-for-5 with four RBI for Tampa Bay (11-4), who have now won five straight games.
Willy Adames hit a two-run home run in the ninth to extend the lead to 11-7 and put the game out of reach.
Lowe’s second home run extended the Ray’s lead to 8-0 in the seventh, which was just enough to hold off the late Toronto comeback.
Ryan Yarbrough (2-1) picked up the win for the Rays, pitching two perfect innings and striking out one in relief of the “opener” Ryan Stanek.
Luke Maile went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Toronto (4-10) who have now lost six of their last seven games.
Trent Thornton (0-1) struggled in the third start of his career, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks over three innings pitched while striking out three.
Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier, and Mike Zunino drove in the other runs for the Rays.
Down 8-0 after five innings, Toronto got to within one run in the eighth after Richard Urena’s grounder got through the legs of Ji-Man Choi at first base.
The Jays would come no closer as Luke Maile struck out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Toronto began their furious comeback in the bottom of the seventh, as Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit back-to-back doubles, scoring three runs to close the deficit to 8-3.
After Alen Hanson made it 8-4 with an RBI single, Maile brought the Jays to within two runs, knocking a two-run homer over the right-field wall.
The inning ended on a controversial call at third base, when Freddy Galvis was picked off attempting to advance to third on a pitch in the dirt despite appearing to be safe.
Toronto had an early opportunity to close the gap in the fifth, but Urena was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Urena was originally called safe, but the Rays called for a replay, and the call was changed upon review.
Meadows hit his second home run of the game in the top of the third, crushing a breaking ball into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre to put the Rays up 2-0.
Lowe put Tampa up 4-0 later in the inning, depositing another towering home run to the 500 level in right field.
Kiermaier extended the lead to 5-0, hitting a triple to left-centre field to score Avisail Garcia from first base.
Meadows put the Rays up early, sending a leadoff home run over the right-field wall to give Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead. This was Meadows’ third straight game with a homer.
The teams will face off again on Saturday, with Tampa starting reigning Cy Young winner Blake Snell (2-1) against Clay Buchholz (0-0).