MLB Game Recap - Toronto at Tampa Bay
Sat Sep 7, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NYY
5
BOS
1
F
ARI
2
CIN
0
F
KC
7
MIA
2
F
TOR
3
TB
5
F
STL
10
PIT
1
F
TEX
9
BAL
4
F
PHI
5
NYM
0
F
CHC
2
MIL
3
F
SEA
1
HOU
2
F
CLE
3
MIN
5
F
LAA
8
CHW
7
F
WAS
4
ATL
5
F
COL
0
SD
3
F
DET
2
OAK
10
F
SF
1
LAD
0
F

September 7, 2019 6:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Toronto (55-88)

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

3

6

0

Tampa Bay (85-59)

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

2

x

5

8

0

W: Anderson (5-4)

L: Romano (0-2)

S: Drake (2)

TOR - HR: none

TB - HR: none

Rays beat Blue Jays 5-3, win for 9th time in 10 games
Sat Sep 7, 2019 10:51 PM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Daniel Robertson came up with the big hits for the Tampa Bay Rays in the team's 144th game of the season.

Robertson drove in runs with a double in the seventh inning and a single in the eighth as the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Saturday night.

"There's going to be a different guy every night with this roster we have," Robertson said. "You've just got to be ready when you're called upon, but that is a great feeling. ...Failing and then doing it, that's pretty cool, too."

The 25-year-old infielder has struggled through a season of slumps and injuries, in the majors and the minors, and came into Saturday's game with a .203 batting average.

"He's probably had more downs than ups to this point," manager Kevin Cash said, "but like we've said to everybody: You're here, you're here to help us win and you can kind of forget the (first) five months of the season.

We've put ourselves in position for the sixth month now. It's all hands on deck."

Travis d'Arnaud and Robertson drove in the decisive runs with two outs in the eighth inning, helping Tampa Bay to its ninth win in 10 games.

In the eighth, Jordan Romano (0-2) walked pinch-hitter Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier hit a double. D'Arnoud lofted a pinch-hit sacrifice fly that scored pinch-runner Michael Brosseau and broke a 3-3 tie. Robertson, whose double had tied the game in the seventh, hit a single off Ryan Tepera that drove in Kiermaier with an insurance run.

Nick Anderson (5-4) got the win and Oliver Drake struck out three straight for his second save in three tries for the Rays, who are battling Oakland and Cleveland for the American League wild-card spots.

The Blue Jays lost their six straight despite a strong outing by Anthony Kay in his major league debut.

Consecutive singles by Avisail Garcia, Tommy Pham and Austin Meadows produced Tampa Bay's first run off Kay in the fourth inning, and the rookie walked in another run. But Kay struck out Kiermaier and Mike Zunino with the bases loaded, thwarting a possible big inning by the Rays.

The 24-year-old left-hander, acquired from the New York Mets in the Marcus Stroman trade of July 28, gave up four hits and three walks while striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

"He's a bulldog on the mound. He pitches inside, he changes speeds. He did a great job," said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. "Eight strikeouts against a good lineup. He was awesome. I wanted to say `wow' and he was wow."

Kay became the 19th starting pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season, tied for second-most in American League history behind the 24 used in 1915 by the Philadelphia Athletics.

"It hasn't sunk in fully yet," Kay said. "Just having my friends and family here, I think, makes it the most special. It was really cool."

Rays starter Charlie Morton was dominant until the sixth, when he gave up four hits and a walk. Bases-loaded singles by Reese McGuire and Jonathan Davis drove in two runs, and Billy McKinney drove in a third with a 400-foot fly ball, giving Toronto a 3-2 lead before Morton finished his outing with his 10th strikeout.

Morton went six innings, reaching a career high of 176 1/3 innings in his 30th start. He gave up three runs on five hits and three walks.

THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, DAD

Kean Wong's pinch-hit single in the seventh was the first hit of his major league career, and he scored the tying run on Robertson's double. "I'm going to give (the ball) to my dad. He's here right now," said Wong, a 23-year-old infielder from Hawaii who is in his seventh season in the Rays organization.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: INF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is still not running well enough to rejoin the team after straining his left quad Aug. 8. ... Barring a setback, C Luke Maile (strained left oblique) will be activated next week.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell pitched two-thirds of an inning for Triple-A Durham in his first appearance since July 22, when he went on the injured list with loose bodies in his left elbow. The 2018 Cy Young Award winner threw 24 pitches, giving up a run on two hits and two walks while striking out two. ... INF Brandon Lowe (left quadriceps strain) ran the arc behind the infield dirt and could face live pitching next week. ... LF Tommy Pham (right arm flexor strain) was the DH after not playing Friday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Jacob Waguespack (4-3) will make his 10th start of the season. He pitched six shutout innings in a 2-0 win here on Aug. 5.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (6-1), out since May 11 due a strained right forearm, will start Sunday's game. He is expected to throw two to three innings.

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Pitchers of Record

Toronto IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Romano (L, 0-2) 0 0 1 1 0 99.99 99.990
Tampa Bay IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
N. Anderson (W, 5-4) 1 1 0 0 1 0.00 1.000
O. Drake (S, 2) 1 0 0 0 3 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Toronto AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Davis 4 2 0 0 1 0 3 1 1.6
R. Tellez 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.1
Tampa Bay AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
D. Robertson 4 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 1.5
K. Kiermaier 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.1

Team Comparison

TOR TB
At Bats 32 30
Hits 6 8
Batting Average .188 .267
On Base Percentage .289 .378
Slugging Percentage 0.281 0.333
Doubles 3 2
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 0
Total Bases 9 10
Walks 3 5
Strikeouts 15 11
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 8 8
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 2/8 2/10
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - TB Leads Series 11-4

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Apr 12 TB 11 @ TOR 7 R. Yarbrough T. Thornton
Sat Apr 13 TB 1 @ TOR 3 T. Pannone C. Roe
Sun Apr 14 TB 8 @ TOR 4 A. Kolarek M. Stroman
Mon May 27 TOR 3 @ TB 8 Y. Chirinos A. Sanchez
Tue May 28 TOR 1 @ TB 3 R. Yarbrough C. Richard
Wed May 29 TOR 3 @ TB 4 D. Castillo J. Shafer
Fri Jul 26 TB 3 @ TOR 1 R. Yarbrough J. Waguespack
Sat Jul 27 TB 9 @ TOR 10 D. Hudson E. Pagan
Sun Jul 28 TB 10 @ TOR 9 C. Roe D. Hudson
Mon Aug 5 TOR 2 @ TB 0 J. Waguespack C. Morton
Tue Aug 6 TOR 6 @ TB 7 D. Castillo B. Boshers
Wed Aug 7 TOR 4 @ TB 3 B. Stewart B. McKay
Thu Sep 5 TOR 4 @ TB 6 O. Drake B. Boshers
Fri Sep 6 TOR 0 @ TB 5 P. Fairbanks C. Buchholz
Sat Sep 7 TOR 3 @ TB 5 N. Anderson J. Romano

Game Information

Stadium: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Attendance: 12,663
Game Time: 3:06
Weather: 70F, Dome or Roof Closed
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?