Morales has 2 HRs, 5 RBIs to rally Blue Jays over Rays 8-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Kendrys Morales has been a different player at Tampa Bay this season.

Morales had two late homers and drove in five runs, helping the Toronto Blue Jays rally from a three-run deficit to beat the Rays 8-4 on Friday night.

The switch-hitting slugger has three of his six homers and 10 of 20 RBIs this season in five games at Tropicana Field. He hit a two-run shot during the seventh inning and completed his 18th career multihomer game with a three-run drive off Jumbo Diaz (0-2) in a five-run eighth that put Toronto ahead 8-4.

''A couple of big shots that we needed,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. ''We needed a win like that. We were due for something like that.''

Justin Smoak added a solo homer in the decisive eighth and finished with two RBIs for Toronto, which avoided becoming the major league's first 20-loss team (10-19). The Blue Jays got their sixth win in 17 road games this season.

Aaron Loup (1-0) limited the Rays to one run after Tampa Bay loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh.

Daniel Robertson and Derek Norris each homered for the Rays. Chris Archer struck out 11 in six-plus innings.

''Not a ton to be said other than that is was kind of a tough loss,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Toronto's Francisco Liriano had his third consecutive subpar outing at Tropicana Field, allowing three runs, five hits, five walks and hitting a batter in 3 2/3 innings.

''I couldn't find my spots, couldn't find my rhythm,'' Liriano said.

Liriano gave up five runs, three hits and four walks over 1/3 of an inning during a start here April 7, and all three Rays the lefty faced in a relief appearance last Sept. 2 reached base.

Robertson and Norris hit consecutive solo shots before Steven Souza Jr. made it 3-0 later in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk that ended Liriano's night. Souza, who entered 1 for 15 with eight strikeouts, walked in all three plate appearances against Liriano.

Smoak had an RBI single in the fifth and Morales tied it at 3 on his two-run shot off Archer in the seventh. Morales had two hits in three at-bats against Archer and is 15 for 25 (.600) including three homers off the Rays ace.

''I actually don't know how I do it,'' Morales said through a translator. ''I just go out there and stay aggressive.''

Archer gave up three runs, four hits and walked one.

Kevin Pillar had an RBI double in the eighth. After Morales' shot off Diaz, Smoak homered on the first pitch from Justin Marks, who was making his first appearance this season.

Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier was hit on the right hand by Liriano's pitch during the fourth and left after the fifth. X-rays were negative.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: Gibbons said RHP Marcus Stroman (right armpit tightness) will make his scheduled start Monday night against Cleveland.

Rays: SS Matt Duffy (left Achilles tendon surgery) had an intensive baserunning session.

PACE OF PLAY

Friday's game took 3 hours, 32 minutes, making it the ninth consecutive Rays game and the 25th of 31 this year taking three hours or more.

BATTLING BAUTISTA

Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista struck out four times and finished 0 for 5. He is hitting .187.

MOVING DAY

Blue Jays: RHP Mat Latos was designated for assignment.

Rays: Marks had his contract purchased from Triple-A Durham.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (1-1) and Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-1) are Saturday's starters. Odorizzi will be making his second appearance since missing two starts due to a left hamstring strain.

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Blue JaysTOR10-19
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RaysTB15-16
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  • W: A. Loup (1-0)L: J. Diaz (0-2)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales 2 (6), J. Smoak (5), TB - D. Norris (2), D. Robertson (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Pillar CF51310000.314.357.504.8616.0
J. Bautista RF50000044.187.315.280.596-2.0
R. Martin C22000211.194.370.347.7173.5
K. Morales DH43352010.243.293.435.72717.5
J. Smoak 1B41221000.280.306.505.8118.0
S. Pearce LF40000011.215.261.369.630-0.5
E. Carrera LF0000-000.309.329.397.000-
R. Goins SS30000121.190.250.345.5950.0
D. Travis 2B41100012.161.212.247.4592.5
C. Coghlan 3B30000021.231.295.333.629-1.0
D. Barney 3B10000011.302.339.340.679-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham SS51100020.275.306.520.8251.0
    K. Kiermaier CF20000000.200.298.270.5671.0
    a- C. Rasmus LF20000010.000.286.000.286-0.5
    E. Longoria 3B41300100.221.302.389.6926.0
    S. Souza RF20010301.291.386.473.8594.0
    C. Dickerson DH50100037.318.365.570.935-0.5
    R. Weeks 1B40000023.163.317.286.602-1.0
    D. Robertson 2B41121012.200.333.400.7336.5
    D. Norris C31111112.217.272.325.5976.5
    P. Bourjos CF40000021.190.261.286.547-1.0
    • a-flied out for Kiermaier in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Pillar (9), K. Morales (4), D. Travis (5)
    • HR - K. Morales 2 (6), J. Smoak (5)
    • RBI - K. Pillar (9), K. Morales 5 (20), J. Smoak 2 (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 3 (13), J. Smoak (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Longoria (7)
    • HR - D. Robertson (3), D. Norris (2)
    • RBI - S. Souza (19), D. Robertson 2 (6), D. Norris (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza (10)
    FIELDING
    • E - C. Coghlan (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - T. Beckham, R. Weeks, D. Robertson
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano3.25335524.442.73-1.5
    D. Barnes2.10000200.000.007.0
    D. Leone0.01100004.730.00-1.0
    A. Loup (W, 1-0)1.01000100.771.009.5
    J. Smith1.00000302.570.004.5
    R. Osuna1.00000104.500.003.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano3.2
    D. Barnes2.1
    D. Leone0.0
    A. Loup (W, 1-0)1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer6.043311113.570.8318.5
    C. Whitley1.11110000.690.751.0
    J. Diaz (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.12331115.149.00-10.5
    J. Marks1.12111116.752.25-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer6.0
    C. Whitley1.1
    J. Diaz (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
    J. Marks1.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - F. Liriano (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 96-51, D. Barnes 22-17, D. Leone 5-3, A. Loup 11-8, J. Smith 13-9, R. Osuna 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 5-1, D. Barnes 1-4, D. Leone 1-0, A. Loup 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 22, D. Barnes 7, D. Leone 2, A. Loup 4, J. Smith 3, R. Osuna 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Diaz (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 107-68, C. Whitley 19-13, J. Diaz 19-13, J. Marks 26-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-3, C. Whitley 2-2, J. Marks 1-2
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 22, C. Whitley 5, J. Diaz 4, J. Marks 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Blue JaysTOR10-19
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    RaysTB15-16
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF51310000.314.357.504.8616.0
    J. Bautista RF50000044.187.315.280.596-2.0
    R. Martin C22000211.194.370.347.7173.5
    K. Morales DH43352010.243.293.435.72717.5
    J. Smoak 1B41221000.280.306.505.8118.0
    S. Pearce LF40000011.215.261.369.630-0.5
    E. Carrera LF0000-000.309.329.397.000-
    R. Goins SS30000121.190.250.345.5950.0
    D. Travis 2B41100012.161.212.247.4592.5
    C. Coghlan 3B30000021.231.295.333.629-1.0
    D. Barney 3B10000011.302.339.340.679-0.5
    Total35898331311-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Beckham SS51100020.275.306.520.8251.0
      K. Kiermaier CF20000000.200.298.270.5671.0
      a- C. Rasmus LF20000010.000.286.000.286-0.5
      E. Longoria 3B41300100.221.302.389.6926.0
      S. Souza RF20010301.291.386.473.8594.0
      C. Dickerson DH50100037.318.365.570.935-0.5
      R. Weeks 1B40000023.163.317.286.602-1.0
      D. Robertson 2B41121012.200.333.400.7336.5
      D. Norris C31111112.217.272.325.5976.5
      P. Bourjos CF40000021.190.261.286.547-1.0
      Total35474251216-----
      • a-flied out for Kiermaier in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Pillar (9), K. Morales (4), D. Travis (5)
      • HR - K. Morales 2 (6), J. Smoak (5)
      • RBI - K. Pillar (9), K. Morales 5 (20), J. Smoak 2 (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 3 (13), J. Smoak (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Longoria (7)
      • HR - D. Robertson (3), D. Norris (2)
      • RBI - S. Souza (19), D. Robertson 2 (6), D. Norris (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Souza (10)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Coghlan (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Beckham, R. Weeks, D. Robertson
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano3.25335524.442.73-1.5
      D. Barnes2.10000200.000.007.0
      D. Leone0.01100004.730.00-1.0
      A. Loup (W, 1-0)1.01000100.771.009.5
      J. Smith1.00000302.570.004.5
      R. Osuna1.00000104.500.003.5
      Total9.07435122---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano3.2
      D. Barnes2.1
      D. Leone0.0
      A. Loup (W, 1-0)1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer6.043311113.570.8318.5
      C. Whitley1.11110000.690.751.0
      J. Diaz (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.12331115.149.00-10.5
      J. Marks1.12111116.752.25-0.5
      Total9.09883133---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer6.0
      C. Whitley1.1
      J. Diaz (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
      J. Marks1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Liriano (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 96-51, D. Barnes 22-17, D. Leone 5-3, A. Loup 11-8, J. Smith 13-9, R. Osuna 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 5-1, D. Barnes 1-4, D. Leone 1-0, A. Loup 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 22, D. Barnes 7, D. Leone 2, A. Loup 4, J. Smith 3, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Diaz (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 107-68, C. Whitley 19-13, J. Diaz 19-13, J. Marks 26-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 3-3, C. Whitley 2-2, J. Marks 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 22, C. Whitley 5, J. Diaz 4, J. Marks 7
      • 8TH INNING
        Smoak homered to left center84
        Morales homered to right, Pillar and Martin scored74
        Pillar doubled to left, Travis scored44
      • 7TH INNING
        Robertson grounded out to first, Longoria scored, Souza to third, Dickerson to second34
        Morales homered to right center, Martin scored33
      • 5TH INNING
        Smoak singled to left center, Morales scored13
      • 4TH INNING
        Souza walked, Beckham scored, Kiermaier to third, Longoria to second03
        Norris homered to center02
        Robertson homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Marks Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins walked
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Travis lined out to left
        • D. Barney: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pillar singled to left, Goins to second
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista lined out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • R. Osuna Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Longoria lined out to right
        • S. Souza: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Souza fouled out to first
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Whitley Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Travis doubled to deep right center
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Coghlan flied out to deep right, Travis to third
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pillar doubled to left, Travis scored
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Morales homered to right, Pillar and Martin scored
        • J. Smoak: Smoak homered to left center
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Pearce grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Smith Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • C. Rasmus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rasmus struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Morales homered to right center, Martin scored
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Foul, Pearce popped out to first
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goins grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Leone Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Longoria singled to right
        • S. Souza: Ball, Souza safe at first on 3rd baseman Coghlan fielding error, Longoria to second
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop, Longoria to third, Souza to second
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson grounded out to first, Longoria scored, Souza to third, Dickerson to second
        • D. Norris: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Norris flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • C. Coghlan: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Barnes Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Bourjos fouled out to first
        • T. Beckham: Beckham flied out to deep right
        • C. Rasmus: Ball, Strike looking, Rasmus flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Morales doubled to deep center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smoak singled to left center, Morales scored
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike looking, Pearce lined out to center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Travis grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Barnes Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Ball, Weeks lined out to center
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to third
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to left
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Weeks struck out looking
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Robertson homered to left
        • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Norris homered to center
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Beckham singled to left
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier hit by pitch, Beckham to second
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Longoria walked, Beckham to third, Kiermaier to second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Souza walked, Beckham scored, Kiermaier to third, Longoria to second
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Coghlan struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Beckham grounded out to first
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Kiermaier popped out to second
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Longoria singled to left center
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Souza walked, Longoria to second
        • C. Dickerson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep left
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Weeks grounded out to third
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
        • D. Norris: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Norris walked
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar singled to center
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pillar out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to second
        • E. Longoria: Longoria doubled to deep left
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Souza walked
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Dickerson grounded out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)