Snell sharp, Margot HR, Rays beat Blue Jays 3-1 in opener

Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays opened the playoffs with a Three-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blake Snell took a no-hitter into the 6th inning and the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays opened the playoffs Tuesday with a Three-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manuel Margot hit a two-run homer and Randy Arozarena tripled and scored on a wild pitch to provide Snell and a dominant Rays bullpen the entire offensive reinforce had to start the best-of-three wild-card matchup.

The AL East champion Rays will attempt to advance Wednesday in Recreation 2 at Tropicana Box.

Snell allowed simply two baserunners till Alejandro Kirk singled main off the 6th. The 2018 AL Cy Younger Award winner allowed one hit and struck out 9 — tying a membership postseason file — in five 2/Three innings.

Diego Castillo, Nick Anderson and Pete Fairbanks adopted Snell, proscribing the Blue Jays to 2 singles, two doubles and Bo Bichette’s eighth-inning sacrifice fly the remainder of the way in which.

Fairbanks closed for his first save of the season as Rays supervisor Kevin Money saved taking a contemporary and leading edge technique to the usage of his pitching personnel.

Toronto reliever Robbie Ray took the loss, giving up one run and one hit in 3 innings. Margot hit his homer to left-center box off A.J. Cole to push Tampa Bay’s result in Three-Zero within the 7th inning.

The wild-card Blue Jays broke via within the 8th towards Anderson, did not permit a run in 18 of 19 common season appearances.

Rowdy Tellez’s pinch-hit unmarried gave Toronto a spark. Cavan Biggio adopted with a double ahead of Biggio delivered his sacrifice fly to make it Three-1.

Anderson have shyed away from additional injury when shortstop Willy Adames made a pleasing play to snare Randal Grichuk”s liner to finish the inning.

Fairbanks labored a scoreless 9th to changed into the 13th other pitcher to earn a save for the Rays this season.

The Rays are again within the playoffs after beating Oakland in remaining yr’s AL wild-card sport and shedding to Houston within the divisional spherical.

With a league-best 40-20 file, they captured their first department in 10 years. Tampa Bay additionally received six of 10 conferences towards Toronto in spite of being outscored 48-44 and outhomered 17-11 all over the common season collection.

Snell has most effective had modest luck towards the Blue Jays all over his occupation, however the younger department competitors had no solutions for the lefty Tuesday till Kirk singled in the course of the hollow between first and 2nd base with Castillo already warming up within the Rays bullpen.

The Rays starter walked Grichuk with two outs within the first ahead of fanning Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Teoscar Hernandez drew a one-out stroll ahead of being erased on an inning-ending double play that were given Snell in the course of the 5th.

Matt Shoemaker, who neglected a month of the common season with a correct shoulder harm, began and labored 3 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays.

Arozarena led off the fourth with a triple off Ray, and scored when a wild pitch on a stroll to Adames were given previous catcher Danny Jansen.

WHO’S CALLING

Rookie LHP Shane McClanahan, who’s but to look in a big league sport, used to be a wonder addition to Tampa Bay’s 28-man wild card roster. The 23-year-old realized of the verdict from Money and normal supervisor Erik Neander on Monday. The primary other folks he attempted to name had been his dad and mom, who didn’t solution. When his mom known as again two hours later and requested what used to be fallacious, he delivered the scoop. “She used to be glad,” McClanahan stated. “I used to be like, ’Howdy, you may need to solution this telephone name.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Tellez (correct knee pressure) used to be added to the wild-card roster after going at the 10-day injured record on Sept. nine and lacking the remainder of the common season.

Rays: INF Yandy Díaz (correct hamstring pressure), out since Sept. 1, used to be added to the playoff roster. 1B Ji-Guy Choi (left hamstring pressure) additionally returned.

UP NEXT

Lefty Hyun Jin Ryu begins for the Blue Jays towards right-hander Tyler Glasnow, who’s been Tampa Bay’s ideally suited pitcher. Each might be operating on an additional day of relaxation.

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