McClanahan becomes 1st 8-game winner, Rays rebound from 19-run loss to beat Blue Jays 7-3
Wed, May 24, 2023
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Shane McClanahan became the first eight-game winner in the majors and the Tampa Bay Rays rebounded from a 19-run loss to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Wednesday night.
McClanahan (8-0) allowed one run, four hits and struck out seven in seven innings. Tampa Bay is 10-1 when the left-hander takes the mound.
McClanahan joins Matt Moore (2013) and Charlie Morton (2019) as the only Rays pitchers to start 8-0 as Tampa Bay improved to 23-5 at home.
Luke Raley and Jose Siri homered for the major league-best Rays (36-15), who lead the big leagues with 97 homers.
Raley, a first baseman, pitched 1 2/3 innings Tuesday night in a 20-1 loss to the Blue Jays in which he allowed seven runs, including a grand slam by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The announced crowd was a season-low 8,699. The Rays started the day averaging 17,478, which was ninth in the American League.
Toronto, which lost for the eighth time in 10 games, got a pinch-hit homer by Cavan Biggio during a two-run eighth off Jason Adam that made it 5-3.
Kevin Kelly replaced Adam with two on and got an inning-ending double play from Matt Chapman on an 105.6 mph grounder to second.
Tampa Bay regained a four-run lead, at 7-3. on eighth-inning RBI singles by Siri and Wander Franco.
Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen left in the fifth with left groin tightness.
Raley and Siri hit solo homers in the second off Yusei Kikuchi (5-2) as the Rays took a 3-0 lead. Isaac Paredes had a first-inning RBI single.
McClanahan retired his first 10 batters before Bo Bichette doubled with one out in the fourth and scored on Guerrero's single. Guerrero drove in six runs Tuesday.
Tampa Bay went ahead 5-1 in the fourth when Manuel Margot had a run-scoring triple and came home on Franco's single.
Franco had three hits and stole his 15th base.
Kikuchi, who became the 11th Japanese-born to pitcher reach 100 MLB starts, gave up five runs and eight hits over five innings.
The Rays selected from Triple-A Durham former New York Yankees reliever Ben Heller, who last pitched in the majors on Sept. 4, 2020.
"There's been a lot of times in the last three years that I doubted if I've ever get another chance," said Heller, who has been limited to 23 minor league games since a right elbow stress fracture in 2021. "Been getting a little emotional thinking about it."
Rays: 1B Yandy Diaz is away addressing a family matter. ... 2B Brandon Lowe (stiff neck) should start Thursday after being out of the lineup two days.
Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (1-4) and Rays RHP Zach Eflin (6-1) are set to start Thursday.
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