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Tampa Bay0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 7122
  W: D. Castillo (2-6)   L: B. Boshers (0-2)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 6, 2019
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 9,434

Rays face Jays again amid stretch vs. lesser foes

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Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays have won seven of the nine meetings with the Blue Jays in 2019, and five straight matchups in St. Petersburg. A 10-9 victory at Toronto on July 28 started Tampa Bay's current six-game win streak, during which it's averaging 8.0 runs while smashing 16 homers. The Rays had hit just six home runs and averaged 3.4 runs in their previous nine games.
  2. The Blue Jays have also been pummeling the ball lately, hitting an MLB-leading 25 homers since July 27. The 25 homers are the most ever by the Blue Jays franchise over a nine-game span in a single season.
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had another three hits Sunday, and has a .486/.513/.946 slash line with four homers, five doubles and 18 RBI in his last eight games. He is the first Blue Jay ever to amass 18 hits and 18 RBI over an eight-game span, which is something his Hall of Fame father never accomplished.
  4. Bo Bichette registered already his fifth multi-hit game Sunday, and has hit safely in all seven games he has played since making his MLB debut last Monday. He is batting .400 with five doubles, and his 13 hits are the most ever by a Blue Jay in his first seven career games.
  5. The left-handed-hitting Austin Meadows has homered in three straight games and is expected to be back in the lineup in the opener with a righty on the mound. He has hit safely in seven straight games, and has a .432/.523/.838 slash line with four home runs, nine RBI and eight runs in nine games against the Jays this season. No Ray has homered in four straight games since Evan Longoria in June 2016.
  6. Charlie Morton, whose 2.78 ERA trails only Justin Verlander's 2.68 in the AL, allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings at Boston last Tuesday. It was the sixth time this season he permitted at least four runs, and he's followed the first five of those outings with a 1.39 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with 44 strikeouts over 32.1 IP.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/5/2019 thru 8/7/2019

The Tampa Bay Rays are three games into a stretch of 21 games of playing teams with losing records, but they know they cannot take anything for granted in their chase for a playoff spot.

The visiting Toronto Blue Jays made that point Monday night with a 2-0 victory and will be trying to clinch the three-game series Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.

The Rays, who are holding a half-game lead in the chase for the second wild card and are two games behind Cleveland for the first wild card spot, started the three-week stretch against losing teams by sweeping a two-game set against the Miami Marlins on Saturday and Sunday.

After the Blue Jays, the Rays will play the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, the Detroit Tigers, the Mariners again, and the Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays are 33-16 against teams with below .500 records. They are 7-3 this season against Toronto, 3-1 at home.

"I'm definitely not underestimating anyone," Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters. "We've gone on the West Coast and Seattle has given us fits. We've got to play good baseball there. But I don't want to get too far out in front of what we have to accomplish against Toronto. If we play our style of baseball, we should come out ... in a good spot."

The Rays must do it without right-hander Yonny Chirinos, who went on the injured list Monday with inflammation of his right middle finger. He is expected to miss a month. He is 9-5 with a 3.62 ERA overall and 6-5, 3.55, in 17 starts.

Right-hander Andrew Kittredge (1-0, 2.52 ERA) will open for the Rays on Tuesday, facing Blue Jays right-hander Trent Thornton (4-7, 5.23).

Thornton is 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts against the Rays in his first major league season.

Kittredge is 0-0 with 5.19 ERA in five career appearances against Toronto. He allowed two runs in three innings as an opener in his only outing against Toronto this season. He struck out seven.

Chirinos joins starters Tyler Glasnow and Blake Snell on the IL.

Austin Pruitt was recalled from Triple-A Durham to replace Chirinos and pitched two scoreless relief innings Monday.

Cash said he has yet to decide how to make up another loss to his starting rotation.

"But we've got three guys that we counted on for 180-plus innings. They're all sitting and watching games," Cash said. "So, not ideal. But bet on these guys to pick each other up and find a way to figure it out."

The Blue Jays are 6-2 on their 10-game road trip. It coincides with the promotion of shortstop Bo Bichette, who has a hit in each of his first eight career major league games, matching the club record.

Bichette, who attended high school in St. Petersburg, hit his third homer Monday and doubled for the sixth straight game.

The Blue Jays continued to juggle their pitching, calling up right-hander Brock Stewart on Monday from Triple-A Buffalo. They returned Yennsy Diaz to Double-A New Hampshire after the right-hander walked in two runs in two-thirds of an inning in relief Sunday in a 6-5 loss at Baltimore.

Stewart, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. He was 5-7 with 7.34 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. He had an 18.00 ERA in three outings covering four innings with the Dodgers.

"He's a long guy right now," Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. "I want to see the guy first before I say anything about him."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 6, 2019

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