(St. Petersburg) ST. Brandon Lowe’s two-run triple broke the tie in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Saturday.
Lowe hit a ball down the fairway of right center fielder at the expense of reliever Sam Gaviglio (0-1). The hit particularly pleased the Rays second baseman, who had been shut out in nine appearances against the right-hander.
“I've got a hit in one presence this year,” said Lowe. I don't care about last year. "
Gaviglio then made an illegal feint, allowing Lowe to come and score the third point of the set.
“He didn't have it today. He was not placing his balls well, admitted Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. Usually he is very good. He just had a hard time placing his shots and he paid the price. "
Rays manager Kevin Cash said Lowe made an adjustment in order to pull off the winning hit.
“He has proven, in a short period of time, that he can hit fastballs. He'll have to make some adjustments now to be able to handle brittle balls, Cash said. He did it today. "
Ji-Man Choi produced the Rays' other point (1-1), thanks to a sixth inning double against Matt Shoemaker, who was making a first start for the Blue Jays (1-1) since he was injured his left knee in April 2019.
“The least we can say is that it’s exciting. We're finally back in baseball, Shoemaker said. Obviously the circumstances are different, but we are coming back to where we all want to be. "
The Toronto side tied the game 1-1 in the seventh inning, when Reese McGuire slammed a long ball over right-hander Pete Fairbanks.
Nick Anderson (1-0), the third of four Rays relievers to follow starter Ryan Yarbrough, struck out four of five batters he faced and claimed the victory. Oliver Drake was perfect in the ninth inning and he made the save.
Cavan Biggio, who helped the Blue Jays win the day before with a three-run homer, put two balls to a safe place in three appearances at home plate and hopped a walk. He increased his streak to 31 games with at least one trail presence, which is the Majors' longest active streak.