Rays clinch wild card with 6-2 win over Blue Jays

TORONTO (AP) Last year, 90 wins wasn't enough for the Tampa Bay Rays.

This year, 96 proved to be the number the Rays needed to reach the postseason.

Tampa Bay returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013, clinching an AL wild card berth with a 6-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night behind Tommy Pham's two-run homer and Tyler Glasnow's 4 1/3 hitless innings.

''This organization has created a very winning culture, and there's been a little bit of a drought,'' fifth-year manager Kevin Cash said. ''We get to hang another banner, we want to hang some more. Really happy to be a part of it.''

Tampa Bay will play Oakland in the wild-card game on Wednesday night, and the Rays will start Charlie Morton. Both teams were 96-64 going into the final two games, with home field still underdetermined. The A's won the season series 4-3 and hold the tiebreaker.

''This is a small step in the right direction,'' Pham said. ''Oakland is a tough team. We have to get through them first. We're going to probably have to get through Houston next. It's a long road ahead of us, but it's a step in the right direction.''

At 96-64, the low-budget Rays have their most wins since 2010 and can tie or surpass the team record of 97 set in 2008, when they won their only AL pennant and lost to Philadelphia in the World Series.

''That's what we dream about, coming to the big leagues and going to the postseason, and now we're here,'' shortstop Willy Adames said. ''This is just the first step.''

After last season, when Boston finished first in the AL East with 108 wins and the New York Yankees second with 100, Cash challenged his team to improve.

''Ninety wins wasn't good enough,'' Cash remembered saying. ''Are we going to be good enough this year? We're good enough.''

Tampa Bay began the night with a magic number of two to clinch, and Cleveland lost 8-2 at Washington while the Rays were in the eighth inning.

Jubilant players poured out of Tampa Bay's dugout for a celebration around the mound after right-hander Emilio Pagan retired Reese McGuire to end it.

''We do some crazy stuff and people scratch their heads a lot,'' Cash said. ''These guys don't care. They want to win.''

Several Toronto players, including rookies Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., watched from the dugout as the Rays partied on the field.

''That's something we want to be doing in a couple of years,'' Blue Jays rookie infielder Cavan Biggio said.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was a bench coach on Cash's staff last season and spent more than two decades working in the Rays organization.

''I'm really happy for them. I'm not going to lie,'' Montoyo said.

Austin Meadows also homered for the Rays, hitting his 33rd this season off Ryan Dull in the ninth.

Making his fourth appearance since returning from the injured list after missing 107 games because of a strained forearm, Glasnow threw 66 pitches, including 35 strikes, a 14-pitch increase from his previous outing. The right-hander struck out four and walked two.

''We've got him close to where he's like a normal starter now,'' Cash said. ''We'll continue to monitor the workload but for him to be able to get to that 85 (pitch) mark would be really, really nice.''

Glasnow had pitched three innings in each of his two prior starts.

''I feel great,'' Glasnow said. ''Recovered great after every inning so I'm looking forward to playoffs.''

Left-hander Colin Poche replaced Glasnow and immediately gave up a double to Teoscar Hernandez, his first batter, before retiring the next two.

T.J. Zeuch (1-2) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings.

Pham homered in the third, and Willy Adames made it 3-0 with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the seventh off Oliver Drake (5-2).

DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE

Biggio became the first player in Blue Jays history to bunt for a double when he reached in the sixth. With the Rays in a four-man outfield alignment as he batted in the sixth, Biggio lofted Poche's first pitch into the vacant area in shallow left field, ending up at second base.

CRIME SPREE

Biggio improved to 14 for 14 in stolen base attempts, extending the longest streak to start a career in Blue Jays history.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: 1B Ji-Man Choi (left foot) did not start and is day to day. Choi remained in Florida undergoing additional tests to confirm there are no fractures in his left foot, hit by a foul Wednesday. ... ''He's not moving around too quick right now,'' Cash said. ... INF Yandy Diaz (left foot) will play in an instructional league game Saturday and could rejoin the team Sunday. Diaz has been out since July 23 and is on the 60-day IL.

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (concussion) fielded ground balls before the game but has not been cleared to return.

UP NEXT

Rays: Tampa Bay had not announced a starter for Saturday.

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton (5-9, 5.00) has allowed 15 earned runs in 16 innings over four starts against the Rays this season.

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  • W: O. Drake (5-2)L: T. Zeuch (1-2)
  • HR: TB - T. Pham (21), A. Meadows (33), TOR - T. Hernandez (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Wendle 3B-2B41100125.234.296.345.6412.0
A. Meadows LF41111102.293.366.563.9297.0
T. Pham DH51121014.273.367.449.8166.5
B. Lowe 2B30000021.272.334.517.851-1.0
a- J. Aguilar PH10000010.240.331.396.727-0.5
D. Robertson 3B10000000.208.310.292.6020.0
T. d'Arnaud C40100000.249.311.433.7441.0
J. Davis PR010000001.0001.0003.0004.0001.0
M. Zunino C10000010.168.235.317.552-0.5
N. Lowe 1B32200110.272.335.469.8055.5
A. Garcia RF40110012.281.331.462.7931.5
K. Kiermaier CF30100123.229.278.399.6772.0
W. Adames SS40210012.255.317.419.7362.5
  • a-struck out for Lowe in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. McKinney RF40000020.216.275.424.699-1.0
C. Biggio 2B30100120.234.364.434.7984.0
R. Grichuk DH40000022.233.282.458.739-1.0
R. Tellez 1B40000012.224.292.445.737-0.5
V. Guerrero 3B40100010.272.339.433.7720.5
R. McGuire C41000001.299.346.526.8721.0
T. Hernandez CF21221100.226.298.456.75512.0
R. Urena SS30000022.258.290.333.623-1.0
D. Fisher LF30000011.186.289.372.662-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Lowe (8), K. Kiermaier (20)
    • HR - A. Meadows (33), T. Pham (21)
    • RBI - A. Meadows (89), T. Pham 2 (68), A. Garcia (72), W. Adames (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle (19), B. Lowe, W. Adames (59)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Biggio (17), T. Hernandez (19)
    • HR - T. Hernandez (24)
    • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (61)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tellez 2 (46), R. Urena (8), D. Fisher (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Biggio (14), T. Hernandez (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Guerrero-Biggio-Tellez)
    • E - R. McGuire (2), B. McKinney (4)
    • PB - R. McGuire
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Glasnow4.10002401.780.8912.0
    C. Poche1.22000204.701.012.0
    C. Roe0.01110004.091.56-2.0
    O. Drake (W, 5-2)2.01110413.210.9813.0
    E. Pagan1.00000102.310.833.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Glasnow4.1
    C. Poche1.2
    C. Roe0.0
    O. Drake (W, 5-2)2.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Zeuch (L, 1-2)5.04333414.761.462.0
    E. Luciano1.00000105.351.783.5
    T. Pannone0.12001106.161.42-2.5
    R. Tepera0.20000005.231.350.0
    B. Boshers0.10000104.191.550.5
    D. Law0.13210204.951.67-3.0
    R. Dull1.111103112.792.532.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Zeuch (L, 1-2)5.0
    E. Luciano1.0
    T. Pannone0.1
    R. Tepera0.2
    B. Boshers0.1
    D. Law0.1
    R. Dull1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Glasnow (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 66-35, C. Poche 22-15, C. Roe 3-2, O. Drake 24-19, E. Pagan 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 5-4, O. Drake 2-0, E. Pagan 2-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 15, C. Poche 7, C. Roe, O. Drake 7, E. Pagan 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Zeuch 91-54, E. Luciano 12-10, T. Pannone 11-7, R. Tepera 4-2, B. Boshers 5-4, D. Law 23-15, R. Dull 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Zeuch 4-7, E. Luciano 1-1, R. Tepera 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Zeuch 22, E. Luciano 3, T. Pannone 4, R. Tepera, B. Boshers, D. Law 5, R. Dull 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TB96-64
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Wendle 3B-2B41100125.234.296.345.6412.0
    A. Meadows LF41111102.293.366.563.9297.0
    T. Pham DH51121014.273.367.449.8166.5
    B. Lowe 2B30000021.272.334.517.851-1.0
    a- J. Aguilar PH10000010.240.331.396.727-0.5
    D. Robertson 3B10000000.208.310.292.6020.0
    T. d'Arnaud C40100000.249.311.433.7441.0
    J. Davis PR010000001.0001.0003.0004.0001.0
    M. Zunino C10000010.168.235.317.552-0.5
    N. Lowe 1B32200110.272.335.469.8055.5
    A. Garcia RF40110012.281.331.462.7931.5
    K. Kiermaier CF30100123.229.278.399.6772.0
    W. Adames SS40210012.255.317.419.7362.5
    Total376105241219-----
    • a-struck out for Lowe in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. McKinney RF40000020.216.275.424.699-1.0
    C. Biggio 2B30100120.234.364.434.7984.0
    R. Grichuk DH40000022.233.282.458.739-1.0
    R. Tellez 1B40000012.224.292.445.737-0.5
    V. Guerrero 3B40100010.272.339.433.7720.5
    R. McGuire C41000001.299.346.526.8721.0
    T. Hernandez CF21221100.226.298.456.75512.0
    R. Urena SS30000022.258.290.333.623-1.0
    D. Fisher LF30000011.186.289.372.662-0.5
    Total3124212118-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Lowe (8), K. Kiermaier (20)
      • HR - A. Meadows (33), T. Pham (21)
      • RBI - A. Meadows (89), T. Pham 2 (68), A. Garcia (72), W. Adames (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Adames (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Wendle (19), B. Lowe, W. Adames (59)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Biggio (17), T. Hernandez (19)
      • HR - T. Hernandez (24)
      • RBI - T. Hernandez 2 (61)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Tellez 2 (46), R. Urena (8), D. Fisher (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Biggio (14), T. Hernandez (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Guerrero-Biggio-Tellez)
      • E - R. McGuire (2), B. McKinney (4)
      • PB - R. McGuire
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Glasnow4.10002401.780.8912.0
      C. Poche1.22000204.701.012.0
      C. Roe0.01110004.091.56-2.0
      O. Drake (W, 5-2)2.01110413.210.9813.0
      E. Pagan1.00000102.310.833.5
      Total9.04222111---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Glasnow4.1
      C. Poche1.2
      C. Roe0.0
      O. Drake (W, 5-2)2.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Zeuch (L, 1-2)5.04333414.761.462.0
      E. Luciano1.00000105.351.783.5
      T. Pannone0.12001106.161.42-2.5
      R. Tepera0.20000005.231.350.0
      B. Boshers0.10000104.191.550.5
      D. Law0.13210204.951.67-3.0
      R. Dull1.111103112.792.532.5
      Total9.010654122---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Zeuch (L, 1-2)5.0
      E. Luciano1.0
      T. Pannone0.1
      R. Tepera0.2
      B. Boshers0.1
      D. Law0.1
      R. Dull1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Glasnow (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 66-35, C. Poche 22-15, C. Roe 3-2, O. Drake 24-19, E. Pagan 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 5-4, O. Drake 2-0, E. Pagan 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 15, C. Poche 7, C. Roe, O. Drake 7, E. Pagan 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Zeuch 91-54, E. Luciano 12-10, T. Pannone 11-7, R. Tepera 4-2, B. Boshers 5-4, D. Law 23-15, R. Dull 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Zeuch 4-7, E. Luciano 1-1, R. Tepera 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Zeuch 22, E. Luciano 3, T. Pannone 4, R. Tepera, B. Boshers, D. Law 5, R. Dull 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Meadows homered to right62
      • 8TH INNING
        Adames struck out, reached on passed ball, Lowe scored, Garcia to third on catcher McGuire throwing error52
        Garcia singled to left center, Davis scored, Lowe to third42
      • 7TH INNING
        Hernandez homered to right center, McGuire scored32
      • 4TH INNING
        Adames singled to center, Lowe scored30
      • 3RD INNING
        Pham homered to left, Wendle scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Dull Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows homered to right
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson fouled out to catcher
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Oliver Drake
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Tellez grounded out to third
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
        • R. McGuire: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McGuire grounded out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Buddy Boshers relieved Ryan Tepera
        • Jesus Aguilar hit for Brandon Lowe
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
        • Derek Law relieved Buddy Boshers
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud singled to right
        • N. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowe doubled to right, d'Arnaud to third
        • Johnny Davis ran for Travis d'Arnaud
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to left center, Davis scored, Lowe to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames struck out, reached on passed ball, Lowe scored, Garcia to third on catcher McGuire throwing error, Garcia to second, Adames to first on passed ball
        • Ryan Dull relieved Derek Law
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Mike Zunino catching
        • Daniel Robertson at third base
        • B. McKinney: McKinney grounded out to second
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Thomas Pannone relieved Elvis Luciano
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier doubled to deep right
        • W. Adames: Adames singled to right, Kiermaier to third, Adames to second on right fielder McKinney throwing error
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Meadows walked
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Thomas Pannone
        • T. Pham: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pham grounded into double play third to second to first, Meadows out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Chaz Roe relieved Colin Poche
        • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero singled to center
        • Oliver Drake relieved Chaz Roe
        • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Strike swinging, McGuire reached on fielder's choice to second, Guerrero out at second
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez homered to right center, McGuire scored
        • R. Urena: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Elvis Luciano relieved T.J. Zeuch
        • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, d'Arnaud lined out to center
        • N. Lowe: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Garcia grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Poche Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, McKinney struck out looking
        • C. Biggio: Biggio doubled to shallow left center
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Grichuk popped out to second
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • T. Zeuch Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows grounded out to third
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McGuire grounded out to first
        • Colin Poche relieved Tyler Glasnow
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez doubled to deep left
        • R. Urena: Urena flied out to shallow center
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Fisher fouled out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Zeuch Pitching:
        • N. Lowe: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia grounded out to third, Lowe to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Ball, Adames singled to center, Lowe scored
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Wendle flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk popped out to first
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez flied out to deep center
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Zeuch Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Wendle singled to right
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows flied out to center
        • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Pham homered to left, Wendle scored
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud popped out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fisher flied out to center
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McKinney popped out to third
        • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Zeuch Pitching:
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, d'Arnaud lined out to left
        • N. Lowe: Ball, Lowe singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked, Lowe to second
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames lined out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero grounded out to second
        • R. McGuire: McGuire grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • R. Urena: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Urena struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Zeuch Pitching:
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wendle walked
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Meadows flied out to deep center
        • T. Pham: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham reached on fielder's choice to third, Wendle out at second
        • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Glasnow Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • C. Biggio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Biggio walked
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Biggio stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike looking, Tellez grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)