By MARK DIDTLER, Related Press
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier was hit by a pitch, obvious retribution for scooping up a Toronto scouting report two days earlier, and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched a postseason berth with a 7-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Reliever Ryan Borucki hit Kiermaier on the again along with his first pitch of the eighth inning, when the Rays led 7-1.
Borucki was ejected after the umpires met, which prompted Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo and enraged pitching coach Pete Walker to storm out of the dugout to argue as performed spilled onto the sphere, Walker additionally was tossed and there have been no incidents between the gamers.
On Monday, Kiermaier picked up a scouting card that fell off the wristband of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk throughout a play on the plate and refused to provide it again. Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money apologized to the Blue Jays group Tuesday and Montoyo stated the matter was “agau underneath the bridge.”
Austin Meadows hit a three-run homer throughout a six-run third inning for the AL East-leading Rays (94-59). The postseason berth is the third in a row and seventh since 2008 for the defending AL champions, who misplaced the World Collection to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six video games final yr.
Toronto (85-67) dropped right into a tie for the second AL wild-card berth with the New York Yankees, who performed later Wednesday. The Blue Jays misplaced two of three to Tampa Bay and are 16-5 in September.
Six Tampa Bay pitchers mixed on a four-hitter. JT Chargois (6-1) struck out two throughout a hitless fourth.
Luis Patiño allowed a first-inning single to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. over three innings, figuring out of bases-loaded two-out jam within the opening body.
Guerrero obtained the Blue Jays’ second hit with a sixth-inning double off Adam Conley and scored when Teoscar Hernández picked up his 109th RBI on a sacrifice fly. Guerrero additionally walked and has been on-base an AL-best 270 timeswith 51 multihit video games.
The Rays loaded the bases with no outs within the third towards Ross Stripling (5-7) earlier than Yandy Díaz had a sacrifice fly and Meadows adopted along with his twenty sixth homer. Taylor Partitions added a two-run single that made it 6-0. Meadows has 103 RBIs.
Díaz hit a fourth-inning RBI single.
The Blue Jays shut out the highway portion of their common season with 4 video games at Minnesota, final within the AL Central, beginning Thursday night time. Then Toronto performs three with the Yankees and three towards Baltimore, the workforce with the AL’s worst report, at house to wrap issues up.
The Pink Sox and Yankees open a three-set Friday night time in Boston. After the Toronto collection, New York returns house for 3 with the Rays. Boston closes out the common season with three-game highway collection at each Baltimore and Washington.
Blue Jays: INF Breyvic Valera went on the COVID-19 associated IL for contact tracing after a member of the family examined optimistic. Supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated Valera has examined adverse. … INF Santiago Espinal (proper hip flexor pressure) may very well be again this weekend.
Rays: DH Nelson Cruz (sickness) was out of the lineup for the second straight recreation. … Reliever Andrew Kittredge (neck tightness) had a protracted toss session and threw at 60 toes on stage floor.
Blue Jays: LHP Steven Matz (13-7) will face Minnesota RHP Michael Pineda (7-8) Thursday night time.
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