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Martin’s 8th-inning blast squeaks Jays past Rays

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t wait prolonged to respond after Joe Smith blew his initial save of a deteriorate Wednesday night.

Tampa Bay scored 3 runs off a Toronto reliever to tie a diversion in a eighth inning. Russell Martin afterwards led off a bottom half of a support with a tiebreaking solo shot to assistance a Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory.

“I felt like we picked him adult right there and we felt like a group during that impulse indispensable that,” Martin said. “So it was only a good bounce-back win. A common win. we feel like we kind of battled that one out.”

The Rays led 3-1 after 4 innings though Kendrys Morales capped Toronto’s four-run fifth inning with a no-doubt three-run homer.

Francisco Liriano struck out 9 over 7 innings, permitting dual warranted runs and 5 hits. Smith (3-0) got a win with one inning of work and Roberto Osuna sealed it out with a 1-2-3 ninth for his 17th save.

The feat came after Tampa Bay dumped Toronto 8-1 a night earlier. The separate of a two-game mini-series left a Blue Jays (32-33) one win divided from a .500 mark.

“Good ballgame, generally after that egg we laid final night,” pronounced Toronto manager John Gibbons.

Martin belted an 0-1 representation from reliever Jose Alvarado (0-1) for his sixth homer of a year. It was a second detriment in 8 games for Tampa Bay (35-33).

“You could tell Martin’s proceed from a initial representation what he was perplexing to do, and he done an adjustment, got a representation he could strike and knocked it out of a park,” pronounced Rays manager Kevin Cash.

Logan Morrison strike a two-run shot for a Rays in a eighth.

Dwight Smith has noted night


Left fielder Dwight Smith Jr. had a initial multi-hit diversion of his career, going 3-4 on Wednesday opposite Tampa Bay. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Before a game, a Blue Jays placed outfielder Ezequiel Carrera on a 10-day infirm list with a right feet fracture. Triple-A callup Dwight Smith Jr. got a start in left field, and had 3 of Toronto’s 10 hits, a initial multi-hit diversion of his career. 

Liriano, meanwhile, worked past a sixth inning for only a second time this season.

“Shoot, he was dynamite,” Gibbons said.

The maestro southpaw did good to shun in a fourth inning after loading a bases with nobody out. Taylor Featherston gathering in Mallex Smith with a scapegoat fly before Liriano fanned Peter Bourjos to extent a damage.

The Blue Jays chased Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi in a fifth inning.

Ryan Goins led off with a singular and changed to third when Featherston couldn’t corral a Kevin Pillar grounder during second base. Jose Bautista gathering in Goins with a singular and Morales put Toronto forward with his 13th homer of a season.

The Blue Jays tacked on another run in a sixth inning interjection in partial to some bad Tampa defence.

After Martin singled, Smith Jr. strike a pop-up that a Tampa players couldn’t lane in a dusk sky. The round forsaken in shoal left field.

Goins changed a runners adult a bottom with a scapegoat bunt and Martin scored on a furious pitch.

In a eighth, Smith gave adult a singular to Evan Longoria before Morrison tagged his 19th homer of a year. Steven Souza Jr. walked, changed to third on a pinch-hit singular by Colby Rasmus, and tied a diversion when Derek Norris strike a scapegoat fly.

“They’ve got a lot of guys with energy in that lineup too,” Gibbons said. “They can strike flattering quick.”

The Blue Jays will get a day off before kicking off a three-game array opposite a visiting Chicago White Sox on Friday. The Rays will continue their highway pitch with a four-game array opposite Detroit starting Thursday.

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