Rays hit 4 homers, beat slumping Blue Jays 74

 With a late power surge, the Tampa Bay Rays wiped away the memory of a tough loss. Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer, Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson added solo shots and the Rays connected three times in the eighth inning to beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night. To be a good team you&ve got to find ways to win close games on the road, Rays manager Kevin Cash said. Today we did that.Article continues below ... The Rays took a one-run lead in the 11th inning at Baltimore on Wednesday, only for the Orioles to rally for a 5-4 win in the bottom half. Taking care of Toronto helped the Rays put that behind. We needed that one, Longoria said. Five of Tampa Bay past six wins have been come-from-behind victories. Derek Norris added a solo homer in the ninth. He had two hits and two RBIs. Kevin Pillar homered and reached base five times for the Blue Jays, who lost their third straight. Toronto 6-17 start is the worst in franchise history. Losing is always tough, especially the close ones, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. Pillar leadoff drive off Austin Pruitt in the seventh gave Toronto a 3-1 lead. Dickerson homered off Marcus Stroman in the eighth and Longoria shot against Jason Grilli tied the score Kevin Pillar Jersey, giving Toronto its big-league high eighth blown save. Brad Miller walked, Steven Souza struck out and Dominic Leone came on to face Morrison, who homered into the center field party deck. The drive would have traveled 428 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast. It not every day you come here and see a ball land up in the restaurant, Cash said. That was pretty impressive. Dickerson homer was his sixth, matching Longoria for the Rays record in April. Stroman struck out a season-high 10 in 7 1 3 innings, but it wasn&t enough https://www.bluejaysstoreonline.com/Ryan_Goins_Jersey. It just frustrating, Stroman said. We kill ourselves to be at our best when we&re out there so when things don&t go our way, it tough. We&re doing everything in our power to turn this around Pruitt pitched three innings, and Chase Whitley got two outs for his first big league save. Tampa Bay Blake Snell allowed two runs and six hits in five innings he has failed to pitch into the sixth inning in four consecutive starts. Pillar scored three runs and came within a triple of the cycle. He singled in the first, walked in the third, doubled in the fifth, homered in the seventh and doubled in the ninth, the second four-hit game of his career. PASS THE SALT Toronto designated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment and optioned RHP Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Buffalo https://www.bluejaysstoreonline.com/Bo_Schultz_Jersey. The Blue Jays selected the contract of C Luke Maile and recalled LHP Matt Dermody.

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