It was a night of firsts for the Blue Jays as they beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Wednesday. Brandon Morrow earned his first win of the season. Frank Francisco picked up his first save as a Blue Jay although he gave up a run. John Farrell had his first ejection as manager.
Toronto evened the three-game series against Rays, and it has a 5-4 record on a 10-game trip that ends Thursday afternoon.
Morrow has a history of doing well against the Rays. Francisco got his chance after Jon Rauch blew his first save of the season Tuesday. Farrell has said he would use both as closers depending on the situation.
But the ejection caught Farrell and others by surprise because of the seeming innocence of what happened.
Farrell was going back to the dugout after reliever Jason Frasor was brought in to replace Morrow with one out and two on in the seventh.
The manager had a brief exchange with plate umpire Chad Fairchild over balls and strikes during an at-bat in which John Jaso had singled.
"I asked where the location of the two-strike breaking ball to Jaso was before he singled to right," Farrell said. "I wasn't argumentative by any means.
"He said, 'Are you arguing balls and strikes?' I said no. I thought there was a differing opinion based on the reaction of the guys on the mound, those that threw it and those that caught it, and at that point he said, 'You're gone.'"
The Blue Jays then got a double play on a disputed play at first on a tag play that might have been an umpiring mistake. Lose some, win some.
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