ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Matt Duffy’s three-run double highlighted a five-run sixth inning and the last-place Tampa Bay Rays beat the AL East-leading Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight game, 7-5 on Saturday night.
The big outburst came against right-hander Marco Estrada (8-7), who had given up just two singles in the first five innings. Duffy’s double was the fifth hit of the inning.
Rookie Blake Snell (5-7) got the win after giving up one run and two hits while striking out seven in six innings.
Toronto’s lead in the division was trimmed to one-half game over Boston, which played later Saturday.
Kiermaier had a two-run home run off reliever Joe Blagini in the seventh to push the Rays’ lead to 7-1.
Toronto rallied for four runs in the ninth off Enny Romero before Alex Colome got the final out for his 30th save.