Blue Jays nearly pull off comeback against Rays but Jordan Romano tagged in blown save

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Cam Lewis
8 months ago
It’s never easy at The Trop.
The Blue Jays came back from down 5-0 with rallies in the sixth and eighth innings but Jordan Romano wasn’t able to close the door in the ninth. The Rays managed a 7-6 win and the two teams will play for the series on Sunday.

Things worth mentioning…

  • Hyun Jin Ryu got smacked around in the first inning, as the lefty surrendered a leadoff bomb to Yandy Diaz and a three-run homer to Josh Lowe. Ryu got through the second and third but allowed another homer to Christian Bethancourt in the fourth that gave Tampa a 5-0 lead. He wound up allowing four earned runs over four-and-one-third innings pitched, the most earned runs Ryu has allowed in a start since his first appearance back from Tommy John against the Orioles.
  • This game looked like it was over in the first inning but the Blue Jays battled back and made things interesting. They pulled off a four-run rally in the sixth inning with two outs and then they pulled ahead in the eighth inning. The Rays brought in closer Pete Fairbanks with a runner on second and two outs in the frame and then Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio drew walks, Matt Chapman was hit by a pitch to tie the score, and Whit Merrifield drew another walk to put Toronto ahead 6-5.
  • Jordan Romano came in for the save and appeared to be dealing with a fingernail issue. Yandy Diaz led the inning off with a double, Harold Ramirez followed that up with a single, and then Curtis Mead tied the game with a single of his own. Romano struck out Isaac Parades and appeared to get an inning-ending double play but the Rays challenged and got the safe call at first overturned. Josh Lowe came up next and ended the game with a walk-off single.


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