The Blue Jays were unable to stage a late comeback in a second straight game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in Toronto, who eventually went down 4-2 in the first duel of a doubleheader.
The day before, a two-run homer from Bo Bichette in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed the crowd favorites to win 3 at 2. Once again, it was in the eighth inning that the Jays began their comeback.
Alejandro Kirk first produced his team's first run, on an optional, while Matt Chapman was originally the other, using a simple. The threat ended there, however, for the Jays.
The hitters of Canada's only major league team had a lot of trouble against Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs (8-4) . The latter gave up no runs and allowed only three hits and two walks in six innings. He also passed five opponents in the mitt.
For the Rays, Randy Arozarena drove in half of his own runs, without even hitting a hit. The outfielder hit an optional in the first inning, then another two turns at bat later, pushing a runner to the plate each time.
On the mound for the Jays, Julian Merryweather (0-3) started the game and it was he who saw the loss add to his record, even though he only pitched one inning. He allowed one of the four opposing points. Mitch White, who later came on to relieve him, allowed the other three runs, on seven hits, in six innings of work.
The two teams will meet on the Rogers Center diamond in the evening , for the third duel in a series of five.
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