Blue Jays hold a commanding lead in wild-card home-field chase as Rays and Mariners lost on Sunday
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By Cam Lewis3 months ago
The Blue Jays took care of business this weekend and they got some help from the out-of-town scoreboard as well.
Down in Houston, the Rays were dropped by the Astros by a score of 3-1. It was another difficult loss for Tampa, who has been edged out the previous night by a score of 2-1. The Rays’ lone win the in the series came on Friday night when their bats popped in a 7-3 victory.
The Rays are now 86-73 for the season with three games left in their schedule, so they can’t catch the Blue Jays, who are sitting at 90-69 following their three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Tampa will finish off their season with a three-game set against those same Sox.
Out west, the Oakland A’s tagged Robbie Ray for five earned runs over five-and-two-thirds innings as the Seattle Mariners failed to pull off the three-game sweep to keep pace with the Blue Jays. Seattle had beaten the Athletics on Friday and Saturday but got dropped by a score of 10-3 on Sunday.
The loss puts Seattle at 87-71 for the season, two-and-a-half games behind the Blue Jays for the top wild-card spot. The Mariners have virtually zero room for error as they go into a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers to close out their season.
Two wins for the Blue Jays against the Baltimore Orioles this week would guarantee them the top wild-card spot. Just one win over the O’s would mean the Mariners need to sweep the Tigers to tie with the Blue Jays in the standings and get home-field, as Seattle owns the tiebreaker. In the event Toronto gets swept by Baltimore, three wins over Detroit would allow the Mariners to host their first playoff game since 2001.
If the Blue Jays sweep Baltimore, they’ll finish the season at 93-69, the exact same record that the 2015 team had.
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