Bichette’s homer leads to another Rays’ loss

by Gary Shelton on September 13, 2022

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Tuesday, 3 a.m.

Maybe they should have hit him again.

Failing that, at least they should have considered walking him.

Instead, the Tampa Bay Rays let Bo Bichette take out his anger on them in a comeback, 3-2 victory Monday night. Bichette lifted a 3-2, two-out pitch over the left field wall for the winning home run, giving him all three of his team's RBI.

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Bichette has been hot enough lately, hitting .511 over his last 11 games. But he got a little hotter (under the collar) when hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning..

The win allowed Toronto and idle Seattle to leap over the Rays in the wild-card race.

The Rays have now dropped three straight games.

"Off the bat, I wasn’t sure," Rays' manager Kevin Cash said. "I knew it was going to  get real close. It went a little farther than we would like. He’s really swinging the bat well and he got us."

The Rays managed just six hits in the game, but held a 2-1 lead into the eighth because of a call-up Cooper Criswell, who was impressive in 3 1/3 innings. But Bichette hit his home run off Jason Adam, who has been very good out of the bullpen this season.

The Rays and Blue Jays play a double-header today (games are at 1:07 p.m. and 7:07 p.m.). Jeffrey Springs will start the opener for the Rays.

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