The Blue Jays brought their lumber to Tropicana Field on Tuesday night to support knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Jays hit 3 home runs on the night as they go on to beat the Rays 8-2. The Rays drop to 67-72 while the Blue Jays improve to 70-67.
Blue Jays struck first against Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson in the second inning. Danny Valencia crushed a solo HR off Hellboy to make it 1-0. Rays responded with two runs in the bottom of the 2nd off Dickey— RBI single by Ryan Hanigan followed by a sac fly by Kevin Kiermaier to make it 2-1 Tampa Bay. But that’s all the Rays would get against Dickey the rest of the night.
Hellickson wiggled out of major trouble in the 3rd inning. Jose Bautista tied the game at 2-2 with an infield RBI single. Toronto then loaded the bases with nobody out and didn’t score. Hellboy turned a 1-2-3 double play on Adam Lind. Valencia then flew out to end the inning. But Hellboy wasn’t so fortunate in the 4th— Jose Reyes took him deep for a 3-run HR to make it 5-2 Toronto. That ended Hellickson’s night. He gave up 5 runs on 8 hits over 3.1 innings to get the loss— he’s now 1-3 on the season.
Blue Jays tacked on three more in the 8th. Ryan Goins smacked an RBI triple to center. Then, former Rays catcher Dioner Navarro drilled a pinch-hit 2-run HR to make it 8-2 Toronto. Dickey was strong— he went 7 innings and allowed just two runs on two hits to improve to 11-12 on the season.
On Tuesday night, the Rays and Blue Jays play game two of their series from Tropicana Field. 8-7 Chris Archer goes for the Rays against 8-5 Marcus Stroman. Our coverage begins at 6pm with Tom Krasniqi hosting the Suncoast Hyundai Dealers Inside Pitch on 620am WDAE and 95.3FM.