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Snell Struggles With Command As Blue Jays Defeat Rays

DUNEDIN (WDAE) -- It probably wasn't the way Blake Snell wanted his first start following a cortisone shot to go, but it was good to see him leave the field healthy.

Snell walked four and allowed four runs while getting just one out, and Danny Jansen hit a grand slam to send the Tampa Bay Rays to an 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark.

Snell started the game by walking both Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio. After getting Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to fly out to left, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got a free pass to load the bases and Travis Shaw made it 1-0 with his own walk that forced in Bichette and ended the left-hander's afternoon.

Danny Jansen greeted Trevor Richards by blasting a grand slam into the bullpen in left to bust the game open.

Richards would settle down after the home run, not allowing another run in 2 2/3 innings. Jalen Beeks followed with 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, allowing just one hit and one walk.

Riley Adams' three-run homer off Andrew Kittredge, his first of the spring, extended Toronto's advantage to 8-0.

Tampa Bay finally got on the board against Yennsy Diaz, with Michael Smith scoring on a Joey Roach base hit. Dalton Kelly then drove in Taylor Walls with a single, and Brett Sullivan's double plated Roach, but Kelly was thrown out trying to score and Tampa Bay would get no closer than 8-3.

The Rays have Tuesday off before returning to the field Wednesday evening against the Boston Red Sox.

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