Morales hits grand slam, Blue Jays beat Rays 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kendrys Morales gave the Blue Jays a much-needed lift after Toronto started the regular season with consecutive losses.

Morales hit his fourth career grand slam, Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 effective innings and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Thursday night.

''It was just a matter of time before the guys started heating up,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Morales homered off Blake Snell (0-1) in the third. Stroman (1-0), the MVP of last month's World Baseball Classic, allowed one run and six hits in his 2017 debut.

''It feels really satisfying knowing that we had two defeats already, and it's something that is hard to do,'' Morales said through a translator. ''So I'm just happy that it happened in a win.''

Snell gave up five runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The lefty struck out five and walked five.

Darwin Barney had a one-out single in the third, and Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista both drew two-out walks before Morales sent an 0-1 pitch into left-center field seats for a 4-0 lead.

''I'm upset about the walks.'' Snell said.

Toronto didn't homer in losing both games during a series at Baltimore. The Blue Jays have never gone homerless in their first three games of a season.

The Blue Jays signed Morales to a $33 million, three-year contract during the offseason to fill the offensive void left by the departure of Edwin Encarnacion, who joined Cleveland as a free agent. Morales hit 30 homers and drove in 93 runs last season for Kansas City.

Toronto went up 5-0 on Barney's bunt that first baseman Logan Morrison was charged with an error for mishandling in the seventh. Barney had two hits and walked once.

Stroman, who induced three double plays, left after giving up Morrison's run-scoring single in the seventh.

''I threw a lot of sinkers today,'' Stroman said. ''I never come in with necessarily a certain game plan. It's more like I see how everything is working and kind of go from there.''

Joe Biagini replaced Stroman and got an inning-ending double play from Tim Beckham.

Jason Grilli came in for Joe Smith with two on and one out in the ninth and threw a run-scoring wild pitch before getting his first save.

Tampa Bay right fielder Steven Souza Jr. remained in the game after colliding with Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin during the fifth while trying to score on Beckham's grounder to Stroman. Souza needed assistance after bruising his left leg, but was back out to play defense in the sixth.

''Some scrapes,'' Souza said. ''The shin guard came down on my shin. Nothing serious.''

Souza had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Closer Roberto Osuna (neck spasms) will throw in a simulated game Saturday and is expected to be ready for Toronto's home opener Tuesday night against Milwaukee. ... 2B Devon Travis, slowed by a bruised right knee during spring training, got a planned day off from the starting lineup. He had offseason surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage from the knee.

Rays: OF Colby Rasmus, coming back from hip surgery, started a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte and was hitless in three at-bats.

PEARCE'S PLACE

Steve Pearce hit leadoff for the Jays and went 0 for 4.

It's a role he may fill on a regular basis when Travis gets a day off.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano will make his first start of the season Friday night against the Rays. Liriano's lone outing at Tropicana Field last year came out of the bullpen Sept. 2 when he allowed three runs without recording an out.

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese, Friday night's starter, was 8-8 last year after starting the season by winning his first six decisions.

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  • W: M. Stroman (1-0)L: B. Snell (0-1)S: J. Grilli (1)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Pearce LF40000024.231.231.231.462-1.0
E. Carrera LF10000002.500.500.7501.2500.0
J. Donaldson 3B31000122.333.429.333.7621.0
J. Bautista RF21000200.091.286.091.3773.0
K. Morales DH41141011.167.231.417.6478.5
T. Tulowitzki SS40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
R. Martin C31000110.000.308.000.3081.5
J. Smoak 1B40100010.375.375.500.8750.5
K. Pillar CF40100002.273.333.273.6061.0
D. Barney 2B21200100.667.750.6671.4174.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH40200010.357.357.6431.0002.5
    K. Kiermaier CF30000112.286.412.357.7690.5
    E. Longoria 3B31100110.333.471.5831.0542.5
    B. Miller 2B31100112.188.235.188.4232.5
    S. Souza RF40300002.429.500.5711.0715.0
    L. Morrison 1B40110013.462.462.6921.1541.5
    T. Beckham SS30000013.154.154.231.385-0.5
    a- R. Weeks PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    M. Smith LF30000001.200.200.200.4000.0
    J. Sucre C30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-struck out for Beckham in the 9th
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Morales
    • SH - D. Barney
    • RBI - K. Morales 4 (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 4 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Dickerson, S. Souza 2 (2)
    • RBI - L. Morrison (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Morrison
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (W, 1-0)6.16112501.421.2621.5
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.21000000.000.602.0
    J. Smith0.11111004.506.00-3.0
    J. Grilli (S, 1)0.20000205.400.008.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (W, 1-0)6.1
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.2
    J. Smith0.1
    J. Grilli (S, 1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell (L, 0-1)6.23545515.401.203.5
    T. Hunter1.10000300.000.004.5
    D. Farquhar1.02000000.002.001.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell (L, 0-1)6.2
    T. Hunter1.1
    D. Farquhar1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Grilli
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 89-56, J. Biagini 12-8, J. Smith 10-5, J. Grilli 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-2, J. Biagini 3-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 24, J. Biagini 5, J. Smith 3, J. Grilli 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-57, T. Hunter 18-12, D. Farquhar 23-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-11, T. Hunter 1-0, D. Farquhar 2-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, T. Hunter 4, D. Farquhar 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    S. Pearce LF40000024.231.231.231.462-1.0
    E. Carrera LF10000002.500.500.7501.2500.0
    J. Donaldson 3B31000122.333.429.333.7621.0
    J. Bautista RF21000200.091.286.091.3773.0
    K. Morales DH41141011.167.231.417.6478.5
    T. Tulowitzki SS40000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Martin C31000110.000.308.000.3081.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100010.375.375.500.8750.5
    K. Pillar CF40100002.273.333.273.6061.0
    D. Barney 2B21200100.667.750.6671.4174.0
    Total3155415811-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Dickerson DH40200010.357.357.6431.0002.5
      K. Kiermaier CF30000112.286.412.357.7690.5
      E. Longoria 3B31100110.333.471.5831.0542.5
      B. Miller 2B31100112.188.235.188.4232.5
      S. Souza RF40300002.429.500.5711.0715.0
      L. Morrison 1B40110013.462.462.6921.1541.5
      T. Beckham SS30000013.154.154.231.385-0.5
      a- R. Weeks PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
      M. Smith LF30000001.200.200.200.4000.0
      J. Sucre C30000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total3128103714-----
      • a-struck out for Beckham in the 9th
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Morales
      • SH - D. Barney
      • RBI - K. Morales 4 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 4 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson, S. Souza 2 (2)
      • RBI - L. Morrison (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Morrison
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 1-0)6.16112501.421.2621.5
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.21000000.000.602.0
      J. Smith0.11111004.506.00-3.0
      J. Grilli (S, 1)0.20000205.400.008.0
      Total9.0822370---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 1-0)6.1
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.2
      J. Smith0.1
      J. Grilli (S, 1)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell (L, 0-1)6.23545515.401.203.5
      T. Hunter1.10000300.000.004.5
      D. Farquhar1.02000000.002.001.0
      Total9.0554581---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell (L, 0-1)6.2
      T. Hunter1.1
      D. Farquhar1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Grilli
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 89-56, J. Biagini 12-8, J. Smith 10-5, J. Grilli 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-2, J. Biagini 3-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 24, J. Biagini 5, J. Smith 3, J. Grilli 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 97-57, T. Hunter 18-12, D. Farquhar 23-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 4-11, T. Hunter 1-0, D. Farquhar 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 28, T. Hunter 4, D. Farquhar 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Miller scored, Souza to third on wild pitch52
      • 7TH INNING
        Morrison singled to right, Longoria scored, Miller to second51
        Barney reached on bunt single to pitcher, Martin scored, Smoak to second50
      • 3RD INNING
        Morales homered to left center, Barney, Donaldson and Bautista scored40
      • 9TH INNING
        • Danny Farquhar relieved Tommy Hunter
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pillar singled to center
        • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Barney reached on an infield single, Pillar to second
        • E. Carrera: Carrera flied out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Smith relieved Joe Biagini
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Foul, Longoria flied out to right
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
        • S. Souza: Souza doubled to left, Miller to third
        • Jason Grilli relieved Joe Smith
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Miller scored, Souza to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Rickie Weeks hit for Tim Beckham
        • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ezequiel Carrera in left
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista grounded out to first
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Smith flied out to left
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sucre grounded out to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dickerson doubled to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to right center, Martin to third
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar flied out to right
        • D. Barney: Foul, Barney reached on bunt single to pitcher, Martin scored, Smoak to second
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Pearce flied out to right, Smoak to third
        • Tommy Hunter relieved Blake Snell
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Donaldson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Longoria singled to center
        • B. Miller: Ball, Miller singled to left, Longoria to second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Souza flied out to right
        • L. Morrison: Morrison singled to right, Longoria scored, Miller to second
        • Joe Biagini relieved Marcus Stroman
        • T. Beckham: Beckham grounded into double play third to first, Miller out at third, Morrison to second, In play
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista flied out to right
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to third
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tulowitzki lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Sucre: Sucre grounded out to third
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Dickerson singled to left center
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to pitcher to shortstop to first, Dickerson out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barney walked
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce grounded into double play pitcher to second to pitcher to first, Barney out at second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Souza doubled to deep left
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morrison grounded out to second, Souza to third
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Souza out at home
        • M. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to deep right
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dickerson lined out to left
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier walked
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked, Kiermaier to second
        • B. Miller: Ball, Miller grounded into double play second to shortstop to second to first, Kiermaier to third, Longoria out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar lined out to center
        • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Barney singled to left
        • S. Pearce: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked, Barney to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Barney to third, Donaldson to second
        • K. Morales: Foul, Morales homered to left center, Barney, Donaldson and Bautista scored
        • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki popped out to catcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
        • M. Smith: Smith grounded bunt out to catcher
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sucre grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Foul, Tulowitzki lined out to right
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Souza singled to right center
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Morrison grounded into double play shortstop to first, Souza out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Foul, Donaldson flied out to shallow center
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morales flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)