Rays’ winning streak ends against Blue Jays

by Gary Shelton on August 22, 2020

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Yarbrough had a rough second inning./STEVEN MUNCIE

Saturday, 4 a.m.

Well, that didn't last long, did it?

One day after taking over the lead in the American League East division race, the Rays slipped percentage points behind the Yankees (whose game was postponed) with a 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Blue Jays.

"We just came up short," said Rays' manager Kevin Cash.

The Rays gave up two runs in the top of the 10th to the surging Blue Jays -- who have won six in a row -- off Aaron Loup. The Rays scored one in the

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bottom of the 10th, but ended the game when Hunter Renfroe grounded out to the pitcher.

The Rays had won nine of their previous 10 games.

For the Rays, Ryan Yarbrough went 6 1/3 innings into the game before leaving with a no-decision. But Yarbrough gave up four runs in the second inning, including home runs to Teoscar Hernandez and Vlad Gurrero Jr.

Yarbrough said he "just threw a couple dislocated pitches to two really strong guys."

The Rays scratched their way back into the game, largely because of Yandy Diaz, who went three for three with a home run.

"A lot of people want to nit-pick his batting," Cash said. "The guy can hit. If we have runners in scoring position, I don’t know if  we want many other people other than him up there."

The other big hit for the Rays was a two-run double to tie the game by newcomer Jose Martinez, who is hitting just .220.

The Rays take the field at Tropicana Field tonight at 6:40 against the Blue Jays. Neither team has announced their starting pitcher.

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