Brock Stewart solid in relief, Blue Jays beat Rays 4-3

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2019

Toronto's top prospect set a franchise record by doubling in an eighth consecutive game during the Blue Jays' 4-3 victory over the Rays on Wednesday afternoon. But Blue Jays rookie shortstop Bo Bichette, who played at St. Pete's Lakewood High, has made quite an initial impression, and some history: The first player to have 10 extra base hits in his first nine games.

The 21-year-old Bichette also extended his career-opening hitting streak to 10 games.

"Let him keep breaking records", Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said.

"I'm excited with how I've played", Bichette said.

Stewart (1-0), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, followed opener Wilmer Font, who gave up one hit over 2 1/3 innings. Closer Ken Giles surrendered a two-run homer in the ninth but hung on to pick up his 15th save of the year.

After Poche got Brandon Drury to pop out to former Blue Jay Eric Sogard behind second base, Toronto newcomer Derek Fisher socked a two-run homer to make it 4-0.

They were winless in the last 10 series (0-9-1) against Tampa Bay before taking two of three at Tropicana Field, going 7-3 on a 10-game road trip. Two innings later, Grichuk added a solo home run of his own to move back into a tie with Gurriel for the team lead at 19.

Entering the series against the Tampa Bay Rays, Bo, the son of former big leaguer Dante, had been on a torrid pace to start his Major League Baseball career, boasting a.417/.462/.833 slash line with three homers and six doubles.

The return: Outfielder Anthony Alford was activated from the IL by Triple-A Buffalo on Wednesday. Kittredge showed that to start Tuesday, striking out the first five Jays swinging before eventually allowing a three-run homer.

Cash didn't rule it out completely but indicated that the two-way McKay won't be used as a hitter except when pitching in NL parks because of rotation injuries.

The dreaded appointment: The Blue Jays informed reporters in Florida that left-hander Ryan Borucki left the team because of an appointment with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

Waiver claim: Toronto claimed right-hander Zack Godley off waivers from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

The recently acquired Fisher then put the game out of reach with a two-run homer to left-centre field later in the sixth. 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and 2B Cavan Biggio were both got the day off.

Blue Jays: LHP Thomas Pannone (2-4) faces New York Yankees RHP Domingo German (14-2) Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Rays: A starter has not been announced for Friday night's game at Seattle.

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