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Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays in a 2-0 win, ending four consecutive wins – Toronto

Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays in a 2-0 win, ending four consecutive wins – Toronto

TORONTO – On an offensive tear for most of the month, the burning Toronto offense was finally cooled Tuesday night.

Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe hit solo homers and five Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout as the Rays blanked the Blue Jays 2-0 to end their four-game winning streak. Rays starter Drew Rasmussen (3-1) threw five solid innings in front of an emergency that allowed only one stroke.

“Their pitching did a good job of stopping a hot offensive,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

The Blue Jays scored a full 52 runs over their streak, including an 8-1 tournament of Tampa Bay in the series opener one night earlier at Rogers Center. But the AL east-leading rays came back nicely and did not let the Blue Jays gather a rally.

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Andrew Kittredge worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. It was Toronto’s second loss in its last 14 games.

“That’s why these two clubs play well, (it is) because of pitching and defense,” Montoyo said.

Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios (11-8) was the lucky loser, giving up four hits and an earned run over seven innings.

He did not return to the eighth in a precautionary move. Berrios felt a certain belly tightness in his left side, Montoyo said, adding that there were no plans for imaging.

Toronto (81-64) started playing with the first American League wild-card spot, a match up on the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. AL East Division-leading Rays (90-55) meanwhile reached the 90s victory plateau for the eighth time in 14 seasons.

Choi’s 10th season of the season — another inning explosion beyond the stadium’s 200 level — gave Tampa an early lead. Some great Toronto defenses prevented another race from coming across the frame.

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With Randy Arozarena on third base with two out, shortstop Bo Bichette made a diving sting on a hard grounder, and his quick release on the throw helped get Manuel Margot by half a step.

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Margot offered some self-defense in the third inning with a dive catch in short midfield on Reese McGuires sinking for.

The Blue Jays threatened in fourth after George Springer started with a double and Marcus Semien went. Rasmussen responded by getting Toronto’s 3-4-5 hits — Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez — in order.

Lowe delivered an insurance run in the eighth inning with his 34th homer of the season. He turned on a first-pitch shooter from southpaw reliever Tim Mayza.

Rasmussen allowed two strokes and a walk and had three strikeouts. Pete Fairbanks, JT Chargois, David Robertson and Kittredge worked an inning piece for the Rays, earning their second win in six games.

“We smoked so many balls tonight, but their defense was right where they were supposed to be,” McGuire said. “So honor them for positioning.”

Tampa Bay outscored Toronto 6-3 and neither team made a mistake. The rubber match in the series of three games is set for Wednesday afternoon.

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