Rays find success deep against Blue Jays

by Gary Shelton on April 29, 2017 · 0 comments

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Longoria has a key home run in the comeback./JEFFREY S. KING

Longoria has a key home run in the comeback./JEFFREY S. KING

Saturday, 2 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered their way back to .500 Friday night.

Norris finished the scoring with another homer../JEFFREY S. KING

Norris finished the scoring with another homer../JEFFREY S. KING

The Rays continued the woes of the Toronto Blue Jays, winning a 704 contest in the first of a three-game series. The Rays trailed 3-1 going into the eighth inning, then uncorked four home runs to salvage the win.

Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson, Logan Morrison and Derek Norris all homered for the Rays.
In the second inning, Norris singled in Tim Beckham for another run.

"I was really impressed with the way the guys just continued to battle," manager Kevin Cash said. "We were patient enough and got something going."

The Rays got five innings from starter Blake Snell, who allowed two earned runs. Snell gave up only three walks, an improvement over his previous outings.

For the Rays, Austin Pruitt had yet another good outing. He went three innings and gave up only one run – a homer by Kieth Pillar – to earn his third win. In the eighth, Dickerson, Longoria and Morrisoin all homered in a five batter span.

"That was a good one," Longoria said. "We needed that one. It was a good job, Pruitt coming in. ... Great, great job by him. And just a good job overall offensively, staying in the game. Stroman was tough. He pitched us about as good as he could have. He just kind of ran out of pitches."

Chase Whitley got the save for the Rays.

Tampa Bay sends Matt Andriese to the mound tonight to face the Blue Jays' Francisco Liriano.

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