Stewart solid in relief, Blue Jays beat Rays 4-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash was blunt after the Rays closed out a homestand against Miami and Toronto with a 3-2 record.

''Not good enough,'' Cash said after a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday. ''You've got to do better than that. Where we're at, we've got to find ways to win.''

Reliever Brock Stewart allowed two hits over four scoreless innings in his Toronto debut as the Blue Jays withstood a late Tampa Bay rally in a bullpen day.

Tampa Bay was able to maintain its one-half game lead for the second AL wild card spot over the Oakland Athletics, who lost 10-1 to the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Rays fell to 31-28 at home, a major drop-off from last season's 51-30 mark.

''We want to be able to win ballgames here,'' Tampa Bay catcher Mike Zunino said. ''That hasn't been the case. It's one of those things where we need to separate ourselves. We need to play good baseball here.''

Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette set a team record with a double in eight straight games, breaking the mark of seven set by Carlos Delgado in 2000.

''Let him keep breaking records,'' Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''That's pretty cool.''

The 21-year-old Bichette also extended his career-opening hitting streak to 10 games.

''I'm excited with how I've played,'' Bichette said. ''Hopefully I continue to play well and continue to break more records.''

Stewart (1-0), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, followed opener Wilmer Font, who gave up one hit over 2 1/3 innings.

''Definitely felt good,'' Stewart said. ''It's been a grind this year for me personally in the minor leagues.''

After Tim Mayza allowed Avisail Garcia's RBI single before getting the final out in the eighth, Ken Giles gave up Zunino's two-run homer in the ninth before finishing for his 15th save.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Randal Grichuk and Derek Fisher homered for the Blue Jays, who were winless in their last 10 series (0-9-1) against Tampa Bay before taking two of three at Tropicana Field. Toronto went 7-3 on a 10-game trip.

Rays two-way player Brendan McKay (2-2) gave up three runs and six hits in five-plus innings. Tampa Bay has won nine of its last 12.

Gurriel put the Blue Jays up 1-0 on a fourth-inning homer. Since returning from Triple-A Buffalo on May 24, he has homered 19 times in 65 games.

Grichuk made it 2-0 on his 19th homer off McKay leading off the sixth.

Justin Smoak singled to end McKay's day after a career-high 93 pitches and scored on Fisher's two-run drive off Colin Poche.

Toronto is among the major league leaders home runs since June 16 with 91.

LIMITED PLAY

Cash didn't rule it out completely but indicated that the two-way McKay won't be used as a hitter except when pitching in NL parks because of rotation injuries. AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (left elbow), Tyler Glasnow (right forearm) and Yonny Chirinos (finger) are all out until at least September. McKay is lined up to start next week at San Diego.

MOVING DAY

The Blue Jays claimed RHP Zack Godley off waivers from Arizona and designated RHP David Paulino for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Montoyo said LHP Ryan Borucki (left elbow inflammation) was being examined Wednesday by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Borucki has appeared in only two games this year. ... 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and 2B Cavan Biggio were both got the day off.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Thomas Pannone (2-4) faces New York Yankees RHP Domingo German (14-2) Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Rays: A starter has not been announced for Friday night's game at Seattle.

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  • W: B. Stewart (1-0)L: B. McKay (2-2)S: K. Giles (15)
  • HR: TOR - R. Grichuk (19), D. Fisher (2), L. Gurriel (19), TB - M. Zunino (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Bichette SS30100110.409.458.7951.2541.5
F. Galvis 2B40100012.270.303.452.7541.5
L. Gurriel DH41111022.277.330.550.8805.0
R. Grichuk RF31111110.240.296.432.7286.5
J. Smoak 1B41100001.208.351.404.7542.0
B. Drury 3B40100012.228.272.408.6810.5
D. Fisher LF41121033.215.292.369.6615.5
T. Hernandez CF40000032.220.290.419.709-1.5
R. McGuire C40000010.143.143.286.429-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Choi 1B50000042.256.350.404.754-2.0
    T. Pham LF50000022.268.368.446.814-1.0
    A. Meadows RF41200010.291.363.539.9033.5
    A. Garcia DH40110011.279.338.451.7891.5
    E. Sogard 2B20100100.303.369.494.8625.0
    a- J. Aguilar PH10000001.235.330.387.7160.0
    M. Duffy 3B00000000.239.314.304.6180.0
    M. Brosseau 3B-2B20000000.299.344.540.8844.0
    K. Kiermaier CF41200014.249.291.433.7242.5
    M. Zunino C31121123.175.242.330.5737.0
    W. Adames SS40100012.241.302.407.7090.5
    • a-grounded out for Sogard in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Bichette (8), F. Galvis (23)
    • HR - L. Gurriel (19), R. Grichuk (19), D. Fisher (2)
    • RBI - L. Gurriel (46), R. Grichuk (50), D. Fisher 2 (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis, L. Gurriel, D. Fisher, T. Hernandez 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Meadows (18), E. Sogard (19)
    • HR - M. Zunino (7)
    • RBI - A. Garcia (54), M. Zunino 2 (23)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (21)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), J. Aguilar, K. Kiermaier 2 (2), M. Zunino 2 (2), W. Adames
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Bichette (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Sogard (7), M. Brosseau
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bichette-Galvis-Smoak)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Brosseau
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Font2.11000504.711.297.5
    B. Stewart (W, 1-0)4.02002309.001.8816.5
    J. Shafer1.10000201.991.544.0
    T. Mayza0.12110004.071.26-3.0
    K. Giles (S, 15)1.03220211.951.116.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Font2.1
    B. Stewart (W, 1-0)4.0
    J. Shafer1.1
    T. Mayza0.1
    K. Giles (S, 15)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. McKay (L, 2-2)5.06331824.551.214.0
    C. Poche1.21111315.760.911.5
    O. Drake1.10000004.181.213.0
    C. Roe1.00000204.101.614.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. McKay (L, 2-2)5.0
    C. Poche1.2
    O. Drake1.1
    C. Roe1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - W. Font (3), B. Stewart
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 41-28, B. Stewart 64-40, J. Shafer 16-11, T. Mayza 7-5, K. Giles 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-1, B. Stewart 4-4, T. Mayza 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. Font 9, B. Stewart 16, J. Shafer 4, T. Mayza 3, K. Giles 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 93-69, C. Poche 31-19, O. Drake 21-15, C. Roe 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 3-5, O. Drake 1-2
    • Batters Faced - B. McKay 23, C. Poche 7, O. Drake 3, C. Roe 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Bichette SS30100110.409.458.7951.2541.5
    F. Galvis 2B40100012.270.303.452.7541.5
    L. Gurriel DH41111022.277.330.550.8805.0
    R. Grichuk RF31111110.240.296.432.7286.5
    J. Smoak 1B41100001.208.351.404.7542.0
    B. Drury 3B40100012.228.272.408.6810.5
    D. Fisher LF41121033.215.292.369.6615.5
    T. Hernandez CF40000032.220.290.419.709-1.5
    R. McGuire C40000010.143.143.286.429-0.5
    Total34474321312-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Choi 1B50000042.256.350.404.754-2.0
      T. Pham LF50000022.268.368.446.814-1.0
      A. Meadows RF41200010.291.363.539.9033.5
      A. Garcia DH40110011.279.338.451.7891.5
      E. Sogard 2B20100100.303.369.494.8625.0
      a- J. Aguilar PH10000001.235.330.387.7160.0
      M. Duffy 3B00000000.239.314.304.6180.0
      M. Brosseau 3B-2B20000000.299.344.540.8844.0
      K. Kiermaier CF41200014.249.291.433.7242.5
      M. Zunino C31121123.175.242.330.5737.0
      W. Adames SS40100012.241.302.407.7090.5
      Total34383121215-----
      • a-grounded out for Sogard in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Bichette (8), F. Galvis (23)
      • HR - L. Gurriel (19), R. Grichuk (19), D. Fisher (2)
      • RBI - L. Gurriel (46), R. Grichuk (50), D. Fisher 2 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - F. Galvis, L. Gurriel, D. Fisher, T. Hernandez 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Meadows (18), E. Sogard (19)
      • HR - M. Zunino (7)
      • RBI - A. Garcia (54), M. Zunino 2 (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Garcia (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham 2 (2), J. Aguilar, K. Kiermaier 2 (2), M. Zunino 2 (2), W. Adames
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Bichette (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Sogard (7), M. Brosseau
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bichette-Galvis-Smoak)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Brosseau
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font2.11000504.711.297.5
      B. Stewart (W, 1-0)4.02002309.001.8816.5
      J. Shafer1.10000201.991.544.0
      T. Mayza0.12110004.071.26-3.0
      K. Giles (S, 15)1.03220211.951.116.0
      Total9.08332121---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font2.1
      B. Stewart (W, 1-0)4.0
      J. Shafer1.1
      T. Mayza0.1
      K. Giles (S, 15)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. McKay (L, 2-2)5.06331824.551.214.0
      C. Poche1.21111315.760.911.5
      O. Drake1.10000004.181.213.0
      C. Roe1.00000204.101.614.0
      Total9.07442133---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. McKay (L, 2-2)5.0
      C. Poche1.2
      O. Drake1.1
      C. Roe1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - W. Font (3), B. Stewart
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 41-28, B. Stewart 64-40, J. Shafer 16-11, T. Mayza 7-5, K. Giles 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-1, B. Stewart 4-4, T. Mayza 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 9, B. Stewart 16, J. Shafer 4, T. Mayza 3, K. Giles 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. McKay 93-69, C. Poche 31-19, O. Drake 21-15, C. Roe 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. McKay 3-5, O. Drake 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. McKay 23, C. Poche 7, O. Drake 3, C. Roe 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Zunino homered to center, Kiermaier scored43
      • 8TH INNING
        Garcia singled to center, Meadows scored41
      • 6TH INNING
        Fisher homered to left center, Smoak scored40
        Grichuk homered to left center20
      • 4TH INNING
        Gurriel homered to center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Matt Duffy at third base
        • Chaz Roe relieved Oliver Drake
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Hernandez struck out on foul tip
        • R. McGuire: Ball, McGuire popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ken Giles relieved Tim Mayza
        • M. Brosseau: Brosseau flied out to deep center
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier singled to right
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino homered to center, Kiermaier scored
        • W. Adames: Adames singled to center
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • O. Drake Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grichuk flied out to right
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smoak grounded out to first
        • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Drury flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shafer Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pham flied out to right
        • Tim Mayza relieved Justin Shafer
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Meadows doubled to deep center
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Garcia singled to center, Meadows scored
        • Jesus Aguilar hit for Eric Sogard
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Foul, Aguilar grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Poche Pitching:
        • B. Bichette: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bichette walked
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Galvis flied out to deep left
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Oliver Drake relieved Colin Poche
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Bichette caught stealing second, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Stewart Pitching:
        • M. Brosseau: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brosseau grounded out to third
        • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier singled to right
        • Justin Shafer relieved Brock Stewart
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Adames flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk homered to left center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak singled to center
        • Colin Poche relieved Brendan McKay
        • B. Drury: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Drury popped out to second
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Foul, Fisher homered to left center, Smoak scored
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • R. McGuire: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McGuire struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Stewart Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Meadows singled to right
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Garcia grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Meadows out at second
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Sogard grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • R. McGuire: McGuire fouled out to left
        • B. Bichette: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bichette grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Galvis: Foul, Galvis doubled to deep right
        • L. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Stewart Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Adames struck out on foul tip
        • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Choi flied out to deep left
        • T. Pham: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pham grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to center
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak safe at first on 2nd baseman Brosseau fielding error
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Drury singled to left, Smoak to second
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • B. Stewart Pitching:
        • A. Meadows: Ball, Ball, Meadows fouled out to third
        • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to center
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
        • M. Brosseau: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brosseau hit by pitch, Sogard to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier popped out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • R. McGuire: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, McGuire grounded out to third
        • B. Bichette: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bichette doubled to deep left
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Galvis flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Adames lined out to left
        • Brock Stewart relieved Wilmer Font
        • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • J. Smoak: Smoak popped out to second
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Sogard doubled to left center
        • M. Brosseau: Ball, Ball, Brosseau hit by pitch
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sogard stole third, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Brosseau stole second, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. McKay Pitching:
        • B. Bichette: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pham grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Meadows: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Meadows struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)