Snell breaks Tampa Bay win record for pitchers

Rex Christensen
September 26, 2018

Despite his best efforts, though, the Blue Jays fell to the Rays 11-3. Updates with new lead, details.

Pannone pitched 6 2-3 innings to win his third straight start, Rowdy Tellez homered and drove in three and the Blue Jays beat the Rays 5-2 Saturday, dealing another blow to Tampa Bay's faint playoff hopes. The loss drops Tampa Bay to 15-5 in September.

Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio allowed two runs, four hits and one walk while striking two in five innings. The Rays have not lost consecutive games since August 17-18 at Boston. Kiermaier did not play Saturday because manager Kevin Cash said the two-time Gold Glove victor was banged up. "They bounced right back and put pressure on the defense and the pitchers right out of the gate".

The Tampa Bay Rays were not about to let their lead against the Toronto Blue Jays slip away again Friday night. It was his 11th home run of his rookie season.

Lourdes and Yuli Gurriel each hit a pair of home runs on Friday night for their respective teams, marking the first time in Major League Baseball history that a pair of brothers accomplished that feat in the same day.

It was a big, record-setting day for the Gurriel brothers on Friday - and they weren't even in the same country. "(But) I'm looking forward to having some more battles with him".

"I'm very happy, but I'm also curious", Gurriel.

"Both were great. (Snell) was just a little bit better".

Tommy Pham and Jesus Sucre hit solo home runs for the Rays, who slipped 7 ½ games behind Oakland, a 3-2 victor over the Twins, in the race for the second AL wild card. As of Sunday morning, 76 percent of public bets are pouring in on visiting Tampa Bay.

Pham began the season with St. Louis, while Meadows started the year with the Pirates. He was traded to the Astros on July 30 and is 9-for-9 in save opportunities with an ERA of 2.29.

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"He just has a lot of solid at-bats", Cash said. "He hits the ball really hard". All five of his triples this season have come with the Rays. "To be able to beat it, it's insane to me", said Snell, who lowered his AL-leading ERA to 1.90.

"It definitely gives me the confidence that I know my stuff can play here facing good lineups, good hitters, and I'm turning them over pretty well", Pannone said. "He's got a feel for what he's doing and that will take him a long way". Ji-Man Choi led off with a walk and took second on Pham's single. "It means we've been playing good team baseball when I pitch".

Sucre pulled the Rays to within one in the seventh with a solo home run, his first of the season.

Snell allowed three hits and walked two.

Glasnow started against the Blue Jays Sept. 5, allowing seven runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Two batters later, Grichuk hit his 24th homer of the season to tie the game at 3-3.

Gurriel smashed his 10th home run of the year in the first, against Diego Castillo, his second dinger in as many days.

After being ejected from Thursday's game, Rays OF Carlos Gomez went to the clubhouse and posted several tweets criticizing the performance of home plate umpire Andy Fletcher.

"He's the one that should have been thrown out last night because he's the only one who didn't do his job", Gomez fumed.

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