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Rays Have To Settle For Split With Jays

Randal Grichuk's three-run homer off Aaron Loup erased a 3-2 lead for the Tampa Bay Rays, as they dropped a 6-4 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays Monday at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay took an initial 1-0 lead in the second inning when Yoshi Tsutsugo took Tanner Roark deep for his fourth home run of the season.

Toronto tied the game up in the top of the third off Rays starter Blake Snell, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s double brought in Cavan Biggio, who had singled two batters earlier.

The Rays regained the lead in the fourth as Tsutsugo worked a one-out walk from Roark, and after Wendle grounded out for the second out of the inning, Willy Adames worked the count full and got a fastball up and away and was able to send it off the foul pole in right for his third home run of the year.

Snell nearly got through six full innings Monday, leaving after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got an 0-2 fastball up and over the plate and was able to put it in the seats in left for his fourth homer of the year.

Ryan Thompson was able to get out of the sixth, but the newest member of the Rays, Edgar Garcia, could not get out of the seventh cleanly. He walked Santiago Espinal with two out in the inning, forcing Kevin Cash to bring in Aaron Loup to face Biggio. The right fielder reached on catcher's interference on Mike Zunino, and because of the three-batter rule, Loup then had to face Grichuk, who turned on a 1-1 pitch and was able to muscle it over the small wall in left for his seventh homer of the season and a 5-3 lead.

Tampa Bay got back to within 5-4 in the eighth when a Espinal throwing error allowed Ji-Man Choi to score from second base, but Adames grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, and the Rays would get no closer.

The Jays got an unearned run off Anthony Banda in the ninth on a Biggio double for insurance, and Jordan Romano worked a scoreless bottom of the ninth for his second save of the series.

The Rays will welcome the Baltimore Orioles to Tropicana Field Tuesday to begin a three-game series. Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 6.00 ERA) will get the start, taking on Tommy Milone. First pitch is scheduled for 6:40, with coverage on WDAE starting at 5:30 with The Inside Pitch.

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