Rays Defeat Blue Jays 4-3, Chance At 90th Win In Season Finale

Rays Get 50th Win At Home 

C.J. Cron and Austin Meadows each homered as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jay 4-3.

Diego Castillo (4-2, 3.18 ERA) earns the win for Tampa Bay and Sergio Romo picks up his 25th save.  Tampa  Bay improve to 89-72 on the season and will look to win their 90th game in the season finale Sunday afternoon at 3:10.

It marked the Rays 50th win at home this season (50-30). It marks the fourth time in franchise history that Tampa Bay has won 50 or more games at home in a season. (2008 [57-24, 2009 [52-29], and 2013 [51-30]).

Rays pitchers Blake Snell, Diego Castillo, Chaz Roe, and Sergio Romo combined to strike out 18 Toronto batters marking a season high.

Ryan Borucki (4-6, 3.87 ERA) picks up the loss for Toronto who falls to 73-88 for the year.

Snell’s Final Push For The Cy:

Blake Snell struggled through a 26-pitch first inning in which he threw 26 pitches and walked three batters yet held Toronto to just one run.  He was more himself in the second striking out the side on 13 pitches. He stayed in a nice groove holding the Blue Jays to just the one run on three hits while striking out 10 and walking four.

Snell finishes the season 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA. He worked 180.2-innings striking out 221 and walking 64.

Cron Supplies The Power:

In 2017 Logan Morrison (38) and Steven Souza Jr. (30) each hit more than 30 homers.  Morrison left via free agency and Souza was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Corey Dickerson (27) finished third on the team in homers and he was shipped off to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The question was, who was going to supply the power in the middle of the order for the 2018 Rays?  The answer has been C.J. Cron who belted his 30th homer in the bottom of the second to tie the game at 1-1.

Meadows Delivers First Homer With Rays:

Austin Meadows hit a solo homer in the seventh inning that gave the Rays a 3-2 lead.  It was his sixth homer on the season and first as a member of the Rays.