Rays hammered in loss to Toronto

by Gary Shelton on September 26, 2022

in general

Monday, 3 a.m.

Unless the Tampa Bay Rays want to find themselves outside of the AL Wild Race, they need to figure out how to keep the baseball inside the park.

The Rays were clobbered 7-1 by the Toronto Blue Jays, a loss that knocked the Rays down to the final wild card spot. The Rays still have a four-game lead on Baltimore, but their closing schedule has games at Cleveland (3), Houston (4) and Boston (3).

The Blue Jays homered four times Sunday -- three of them off of Rays' ace Shane McClanahan. The Rays could score only on a shallow sacrifice fly by Randy Arozarena.

George Springer hit two homers, Alejandro Kirk one and Teoscar Hernandez one.

McClanahan seemed to lack his usual crispness, giving up five hits in five innings and striking out only two. McClanahan is 2-4 in his last half dozen decisions.

"Shane is fully aware he’s got to get ahead of good hitters," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "He didn’t do that the two times Springer came up to get him. I’m very confident he’ll make that adjustment.

The Rays have today off then travel to Cleveland to face the Guardians Tuesday night at 6:10 p.m. Corey Kluber will start against Shane Beiber.

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