The Tampa Bay Rays threatened late in the ninth inning on Tuesday at Tropicana Field, but the Blue Jays held on to win 4-2.
Arriving at the mound in the home team’s last batting round to end the game, gunner Jordan Romano was able to strike out the first two hitters, before filling in the goals by allowing three assists. free. Romano then forced Joey Wendle to hit a ball to secure the victory for his own and sign his 20th save of the campaign.
Visitors’ starting pitcher Alek Manoah (7-2) is the one who allowed all two runs and all five hits in six innings of work. He also allowed six walks, but was able to bite the dust on seven opponents.
Bo Bichette is the one who produced the winning point in the sixth inning when he allowed Marcu Semien to cross the plate on a sacrifice ball.
Breyvic Valera (driving), Lourdes Gurriel fils (circuit) and Teoscar Hernandez (singles) each produced one point for the winners.
The two rivals in the East section of the American will play the final duel of a series of three on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays angry with Kiermaier
The Blue Jays did not like the actions of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier in the first game of the series on Monday.
During the sixth round of the duel, Kiermaier charged home to score a point for his team. The 31-year-old then came into contact with receiver Alejandro Kirk.
In the sequence, Kiermaier grabbed a piece of paper that had fallen to the ground, which he then brought back to his enclosure.
The Blue Jays then attempted to retrieve the paper, which contained information to counter the Rays hitters, according to Sportsnet. The request, however, was reportedly refused by the home team.
“I picked up [le bout de papier], without knowing what it was, without knowing if it was mine or not, revealed Kiermaier, whose words were interpreted by the Sportsnet network. They are all similar and looking at it I realized what it is. I’ve never analyzed it, but on the other hand, I’m not just going to leave it there or give it back.
“I gave it to a staff member at our enclosure. I couldn’t even say what happened after that. I had no conversation about it, but I said to a teammate, “I think I took something of theirs.”
Before the second duel, Charlie Montoyo (Blue Jays) and Kevin Cash (Rays), the managers of each of the teams, would have even had a discussion about it.
A victory that comes at the right time
In addition, the victory of Tuesday night of the Jays against the best team in the American League is very important, since the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox won their respective confrontation.
The three teams are at the heart of a fight to finish for the two best second places in the American. By today’s results, the Sox are still ahead of the Torontonians by a game and a half, while the Bronx Bombardiers are still half a game behind the Canadian roster.
On Tuesday night in New York, the Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 7-1.
Giancarlo Stanton, Joey Gallo and Aaron Judge all hit home runs for the winners. The starter of the New Yorkers for this duel, Jordan Montgomery (6-6), allowed a point in four strikes in a safe place. He also spent six of his rivals in the mitt in five innings and two-thirds on the mound.
As for the Red Sox, they beat the New York Mets 6-3 at Fenway Park. Xander Bogaerts was the offensive star of the winners. The 28-year-old slammed a two-run home run and pushed two more of his teammates home with a single.