Rays hit 4 homers, beat slumping Blue Jays 7-4

TORONTO (AP) With a late power surge, the Tampa Bay Rays wiped away the memory of a tough loss.

Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer, Evan Longoria and Corey Dickerson added solo shots and the Rays connected three times in the eighth inning to beat the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night.

''To be a good team you've got to find ways to win close games on the road,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''Today we did that.''

The Rays took a one-run lead in the 11th inning at Baltimore on Wednesday, only for the Orioles to rally for a 5-4 win in the bottom half.

Taking care of Toronto helped the Rays put that behind.

''We needed that one,'' Longoria said.

Five of Tampa Bay's past six wins have been come-from-behind victories.

Derek Norris added a solo homer in the ninth. He had two hits and two RBIs.

Kevin Pillar homered and reached base five times for the Blue Jays, who lost their third straight. Toronto's 6-17 start is the worst in franchise history.

''Losing is always tough, especially the close ones,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Pillar's leadoff drive off Austin Pruitt (3-0) in the seventh gave Toronto a 3-1 lead.

Dickerson homered off Marcus Stroman in the eighth and Longoria's shot against Jason Grilli (1-3) tied the score, giving Toronto its big-league high eighth blown save.

Brad Miller walked, Steven Souza struck out and Dominic Leone came on to face Morrison, who homered into the center field party deck. The drive would have traveled 428 feet unimpeded, according to MLB's Statcast.

''It's not every day you come here and see a ball land up in the restaurant,'' Cash said. ''That was pretty impressive.''

Dickerson's homer was his sixth, matching Longoria (2013) for the Rays record in April.

Stroman struck out a season-high 10 in 7 1/3 innings, but it wasn't enough.

''It's just frustrating,'' Stroman said. ''We kill ourselves to be at our best when we're out there so when things don't go our way, it's tough. We're doing everything in our power to turn this around''

Pruitt pitched three innings, and Chase Whitley got two outs for his first big league save.

Tampa Bay's Blake Snell allowed two runs and six hits in five innings - he has failed to pitch into the sixth inning in four consecutive starts.

Pillar scored three runs and came within a triple of the cycle. He singled in the first, walked in the third, doubled in the fifth, homered in the seventh and doubled in the ninth, the second four-hit game of his career.

PASS THE SALT

Toronto designated C Jarrod Saltalamacchia for assignment and optioned RHP Casey Lawrence to Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Jays selected the contract of C Luke Maile and recalled LHP Matt Dermody. Saltalamacchia hit .040 (1 for 25) in 10 games, setting a Blue Jays record by striking out in 10 consecutive at-bats from April 13-22. He did not throw out any of the nine runners trying to steal against him.

OPEN AND SHUT

The Blue Jays have lost the opening game of all four home series this season, dropping games against Milwaukee, Baltimore and Boston before Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Colby Rasmus (hip surgery) was held out of his rehab game at Double-A Montgomery because of an illness. He is expected to play Saturday and Sunday and could rejoin the Rays on Monday.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez remains on pace to come off the DL and start Sunday's series finale after throwing a side session Friday. ... 3B Josh Donaldson (right calf) and SS Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) will travel to Toronto's spring training facility following this three-game series to continue their rehab.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Matt Andriese (1-0, 3.86) is 0-0 with a 4.05 ERA in two starts at Rogers Centre. Andriese did not finish the fourth inning in either of those games.

Blue Jays: LHP Francisco Liriano (1-2, 4.58) allowed five runs in one-third of an inning in his season-opening start at Tampa Bay. In three starts since, he has a 2.08 ERA.

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RaysTB12-12
0100000427101
Blue JaysTOR6-17
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  • W: A. Pruitt (3-0)L: J. Grilli (1-3)S: C. Whitley (1)
  • HR: TB - E. Longoria (4), L. Morrison (5), D. Norris (1), C. Dickerson (6), TOR - K. Pillar (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson DH52211012.329.368.6591.0268.5
K. Kiermaier CF50100011.231.320.319.6390.5
E. Longoria 3B51111013.226.318.409.7265.5
B. Miller 2B31000212.217.350.361.7112.5
S. Souza RF40100021.326.398.543.9420.0
L. Morrison 1B41121022.243.341.473.8146.0
T. Beckham SS31100110.282.309.513.8214.5
S. Peterson LF40100011.294.333.441.7750.5
P. Bourjos LF0000-000.185.290.296.000-
D. Norris C41221010.185.214.262.4767.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF43411100.326.366.547.91414.0
    D. Barney O41210001.326.356.349.7044.0
    a- C. Coghlan PH10100000.240.333.280.6131.0
    J. Bautista RF40110003.167.294.226.5202.0
    K. Morales DH50000025.222.278.378.656-1.0
    J. Smoak 1B50000013.243.280.457.737-0.5
    S. Pearce LF20100010.176.222.176.3990.5
    b- E. Carrera LF20100000.305.328.407.7351.0
    D. Travis 2B30100102.137.203.205.4083.0
    L. Maile C30000103.000.250.000.2501.0
    R. Goins SS40000016.225.279.375.654-0.5
    • a-singled for Barney in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Pearce in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Dickerson (9)
    • 3B - T. Beckham (2)
    • HR - C. Dickerson (6), E. Longoria (4), L. Morrison (5), D. Norris
    • RBI - C. Dickerson (10), E. Longoria (13), L. Morrison 2 (14), D. Norris 2 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - L. Morrison 2 (2), D. Norris (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Pillar 2 (7), D. Travis (2)
    • HR - K. Pillar (4)
    • SF - J. Bautista (2)
    • RBI - K. Pillar (8), D. Barney (5), J. Bautista (6)
    FIELDING
    • DP - T. Beckham, L. Morrison, B. Miller
    • E - T. Beckham (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak, D. Travis
    • E - D. Travis 2 (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Snell5.06223303.421.805.5
    A. Pruitt (W, 3-0)3.03110115.711.0012.5
    J. Diaz0.12110004.096.00-3.0
    C. Whitley (S, 1)0.20000100.000.007.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Snell5.0
    A. Pruitt (W, 3-0)3.0
    J. Diaz0.1
    C. Whitley (S, 1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman7.152221012.970.9520.0
    J. Grilli (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.11221117.276.00-8.5
    D. Leone0.14330025.0612.00-7.0
    J. Howell1.000000020.250.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman7.1
    J. Grilli (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.1
    D. Leone0.1
    J. Howell1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 96-53, A. Pruitt 40-30, J. Diaz 7-5, C. Whitley 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-6, A. Pruitt 6-3
    • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, A. Pruitt 13, J. Diaz 3, C. Whitley 2
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Howell
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 100-73, J. Grilli 22-12, D. Leone 15-10, J. Howell 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-3, J. Howell 3-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 29, J. Grilli 3, D. Leone 5, J. Howell 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    RaysTB12-12
    0100000427101
    Blue JaysTOR6-17
    0000201014112
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson DH52211012.329.368.6591.0268.5
    K. Kiermaier CF50100011.231.320.319.6390.5
    E. Longoria 3B51111013.226.318.409.7265.5
    B. Miller 2B31000212.217.350.361.7112.5
    S. Souza RF40100021.326.398.543.9420.0
    L. Morrison 1B41121022.243.341.473.8146.0
    T. Beckham SS31100110.282.309.513.8214.5
    S. Peterson LF40100011.294.333.441.7750.5
    P. Bourjos LF0000-000.185.290.296.000-
    D. Norris C41221010.185.214.262.4767.5
    Total377106431112-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Pillar CF43411100.326.366.547.91414.0
      D. Barney O41210001.326.356.349.7044.0
      a- C. Coghlan PH10100000.240.333.280.6131.0
      J. Bautista RF40110003.167.294.226.5202.0
      K. Morales DH50000025.222.278.378.656-1.0
      J. Smoak 1B50000013.243.280.457.737-0.5
      S. Pearce LF20100010.176.222.176.3990.5
      b- E. Carrera LF20100000.305.328.407.7351.0
      D. Travis 2B30100102.137.203.205.4083.0
      L. Maile C30000103.000.250.000.2501.0
      R. Goins SS40000016.225.279.375.654-0.5
      Total37411313523-----
      • a-singled for Barney in the 9th
      • b-grounded out for Pearce in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Dickerson (9)
      • 3B - T. Beckham (2)
      • HR - C. Dickerson (6), E. Longoria (4), L. Morrison (5), D. Norris
      • RBI - C. Dickerson (10), E. Longoria (13), L. Morrison 2 (14), D. Norris 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Morrison 2 (2), D. Norris (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Pillar 2 (7), D. Travis (2)
      • HR - K. Pillar (4)
      • SF - J. Bautista (2)
      • RBI - K. Pillar (8), D. Barney (5), J. Bautista (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Beckham, L. Morrison, B. Miller
      • E - T. Beckham (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, R. Goins, J. Smoak, D. Travis
      • E - D. Travis 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Snell5.06223303.421.805.5
      A. Pruitt (W, 3-0)3.03110115.711.0012.5
      J. Diaz0.12110004.096.00-3.0
      C. Whitley (S, 1)0.20000100.000.007.5
      Total9.01144351---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Snell5.0
      A. Pruitt (W, 3-0)3.0
      J. Diaz0.1
      C. Whitley (S, 1)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman7.152221012.970.9520.0
      J. Grilli (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.11221117.276.00-8.5
      D. Leone0.14330025.0612.00-7.0
      J. Howell1.000000020.250.003.0
      Total9.010773114---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman7.1
      J. Grilli (L, 1-3) (BS, 1)0.1
      D. Leone0.1
      J. Howell1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 96-53, A. Pruitt 40-30, J. Diaz 7-5, C. Whitley 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-6, A. Pruitt 6-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Snell 23, A. Pruitt 13, J. Diaz 3, C. Whitley 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Howell
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 100-73, J. Grilli 22-12, D. Leone 15-10, J. Howell 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-3, J. Howell 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 29, J. Grilli 3, D. Leone 5, J. Howell 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Bautista hit sacrifice fly to center, Pillar scored74
        Dickerson scored, Kiermaier to second on wild pitch73
        Norris homered to left63
      • 8TH INNING
        Morrison homered to center, Miller scored53
        Longoria homered to center33
        Dickerson homered to left center23
      • 7TH INNING
        Pillar homered to left13
      • 5TH INNING
        Morales grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Barney scored, Bautista out at second12
        Barney singled to shallow right, Pillar scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Norris singled to shallow left, Beckham scored, Peterson to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Leone Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Norris homered to left
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson doubled to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier safe at first on 2nd baseman Travis fielding error, Dickerson to third
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dickerson scored, Kiermaier to second on wild pitch, Longoria reached on fielder's choice to third, Kiermaier out at third
        • B. Miller: Ball, Foul, Miller grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Longoria out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Diaz Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar doubled to right center
        • D. Barney: Ball
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Coghlan singled to shallow center, Pillar to third
        • J. Bautista: Bautista hit sacrifice fly to center, Pillar scored
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales popped out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Coghlan to second on fielder's indifference, Strike looking, Ball, Coghlan to third on fielder's indifference, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson homered to left center
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Longoria homered to center
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Miller walked
        • S. Souza: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Morrison homered to center, Miller scored
        • T. Beckham: Beckham tripled to deep right center
        • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peterson fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Carrera reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Travis grounded out to third, Carrera to second
        • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Maile safe at first on shortstop Beckham fielding error, Carrera to third
        • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Goins lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham grounded out to third
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Peterson flied out to left
        • D. Norris: Norris flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar homered to left
        • D. Barney: Barney grounded out to third
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista flied out to shallow center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Miller struck out looking
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Souza grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Pruitt Pitching:
        • E. Carrera: Carrera grounded out to third
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis doubled to deep right
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Kiermaier safe at first on 2nd baseman Travis fielding error
        • E. Longoria: Longoria grounded into double play second to third to first, Kiermaier out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar doubled to left
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barney singled to shallow right, Pillar scored
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bautista reached on an infield single to second, Barney to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Morales grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Barney scored, Bautista out at second
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • S. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
        • D. Norris: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Pearce singled to shallow left center
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Travis lined out to right
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile flied out to left
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goins grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Miller walked
        • S. Souza: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Souza singled to shallow center, Miller to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pillar walked
        • D. Barney: Foul, Foul, Ball, Barney singled to shallow right, Pillar to second
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista flied out to deep right
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Morales lined out to center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Souza struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • S. Peterson: Peterson singled to shallow center, Beckham to third
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Norris singled to shallow left, Beckham scored, Peterson to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Travis walked
        • L. Maile: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Maile walked, Travis to second
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Goins struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier reached on an infield single to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Longoria fouled out to first
        • B. Miller: Ball, Miller grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Snell Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Pillar singled to shallow right
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney lined out to right
        • J. Bautista: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bautista flied out to center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)