Rays ride 5-game win streak into matchup with Blue Jays

Via Baseball Savant

Via Baseball Savant

I would say Friday will be the best chance to win against Tampa Bay as Stanek has struggled and Thronton has been solid for the Blue Jays this season.

"They hit a lot of balls hard and I suffered from that", Thornton said. "I could give him all kinds of compliments but he's just one of the best pitchers in baseball".

Rather than support his team's comeback efforts, which they have since achieved, this fan started streaming a hockey playoff game on his phone. "They're leading our division, they're swinging good bats and I gotta make better pitches when it comes down to it".

Blake Snell, he of a franchise-record 21 wins that earned him the Cy Young award in 2018 as the American League's top pitcher, came as advertised, allowing just one hit while striking out nine and walking one through six innings.

The Rays are 15-7 in their last 22 games versus the Blue Jays despite losing in Toronto on Saturday.

Snell didn't allow a hit until Luke Maile singled with one out in the sixth. The Blue Jays have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. "That's just typical Snell", said shortstop Willy Adames, who scored the Rays' only run.

"That's why we have to give our pitching credit, to minimize [the damage] and they did", he said. Maile's first homer of the season cut the deficit to 8-6.

Returning home after a 1-5 trip, the Blue Jays did not register their initial hit Friday until the fifth inning. It was Pujols' 57th homer in 183 career games against Chicago, second only to his 58 long balls against Houston.

Despite their friendship, Maile said the only thing going through his mind during the at-bat was protecting his health. "It was clearly a ball but it is what it is".

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The AL East leading Rays are now 10-3 on the season.

Toronto didn't get its first base-runner until the fourth inning when Chirinos issued a lead-off walk to Randal Grichuk. Richard Urena got the Blue Jays' first hit later in the inning, a two-out single.

Those hopes were stoked when the 20-year-old, in his first game this year with the Bisons after recovering from a chest injury that occurred during spring training, went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run home run Thursday against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Meadows wasted no time getting Tampa on the board in the first inning, launching a 3-2 pitch from Thornton (0-1) over the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead.

It was the first multihomer game of each player's careers. "He made a couple really really good pitches". Not to mention this weekend is a big deal for new bench boss Charlie Montoyo who will face his former team for the first time since becoming the manager of the Blue Jays. Montoyo spent the last four seasons as a coach with Tampa.

Adam Wainwright took a no-no into the sixth inning but allowed a pair of homers, and the Reds went on to win 5-2. The Rays outhit Toronto 16-9.

With the Rays in town Friday night to begin a three-game series against the Jays at Rogers Centre, it marked a reunion for Montoyo and his old employer.

According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 64% of the betting tickets are on the Rays to beat the Blue Jays on the moneyline.

Note to readers: This is a corrected version of an earlier story. "I get the fly ball and threw the guy out".

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