Meadows, Garcia homer in Rays 3-1 win over Blue Jays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays keep winning - and drawing sparse crowds at home.

Austin Meadows homered for the third straight game and five Tampa Bay relievers combined to throw a six-hitter and beat struggling AL East rival Toronto 3-1 on Tuesday night.

The second-place Rays have won fourth straight, improving to a season-best 14 games over .500 before an announced crowd of just 5,786 - smallest ever for a Rays home game at Tropicana Field.

''I noticed it during the anthem, and I was like: `Oh it's still early, maybe people will still file in,''' opener Ryne Stanek said after Tampa Bay's sixth win in seven games moved them within one game of the division-leading New York Yankees.

''It's tough, especially when we're playing well and we're playing a fun brand of baseball that's fun to watch,'' Stanek added. ''We don't play boring baseball. We don't play sloppy.''

The Rays, who routinely rank at or near the bottom of the major leagues in attendance, began the night averaging an AL-worst 14,578 per game.

There have been only two smaller crowds for big league games played in the domed stadium - both in 2017, when Hurricane Harvey forced relocation of a Rangers-Astros series from Houston and attracted 3,485 on Aug. 29, 6,123 on Aug. 30 and 3,385 on Aug. 31.

Meadows hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot to right field off reliever Thomas Pannone in the seventh inning. He also homered Sunday at Cleveland, as well as Monday during an 8-3 victory over Toronto and has nine hits and seven RBIs in the past three games.

Avisail Garcia had an inside-the-park homer off Clayton Richard (0-1) in the third and also scored on a first-inning sacrifice fly.

Meanwhile, the Rays bullpen - beginning with opener Ryne Stanek - limited the Blue Jays to four singles and a pair of doubles.

Ryan Yarbrough (4-1) pitched 3 2/3 innings for the win, working out of a jam after Justin Smoak singled and Rowdy Tellez doubled to begin the Toronto fourth. Chaz Roe, Emilio Pagan and Diego Castillo, who yielded two hits and Brandon Drury's sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, finished up.

The Blue Jays have dropped six of seven and fell to 0-8-1 in their series against Tampa Bay, dating to August 2017.

The Rays used an opener for the 17th time this season. Stanek has made 15 of those starts, holding opponents scoreless in 13 of those outings.

Yarbrough, meanwhile, continued to prosper in what's become his customary role of following an opener. The 27-year-old left-hander led major league rookies with 16 victories last season, 14 of them as a reliever.

Richard, acquired from San Diego in an offseason trade, made his second start for Toronto after beginning the season on the injured list (right knee). He allowed two runs, three hits and four walks over four innings - the biggest blow Garcia's routine fly that dropped behind right fielder Randal Grichuk and rolled to the wall.

Garcia, who singled in the first and scored on Travis d'Arnaud's sacrifice fly, circled the bases for the first inside-the-park homer of his career.

''He said that he got disorientated,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Grichuk, who broke in on the ball before realizing it was going to land well behind him.

''He was looking up, looking up and then he was like, it was weird,'' the manager added. ''He felt bad about it, too.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez, who left Monday's series opener with a finger injury, will throw a side session Thursday or Friday before a decision is made on whether he'll go on the injured list or remain in the rotation. ... A flu bug has affected several Blue Jays the past week, including INF Cavan Biggio, who was not in the lineup Tuesday.

Rays: C Mike Zunino (left quadriceps strain) started a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte and will have his status evaluated this weekend. ... INF Matt Duffy, out all season with a strained left hamstring, will see a specialist Wednesday. ... INF Yandy Diaz still felt some discomfort in his bruised left hand during his first batting practice session. He plans to hit again Wednesday.

MCKAY'S DAY

Rays two-way prospect Brendan McKay allowed three hits and struck out four over five scoreless innings in his first start with Triple-A Durham against Louisville. The lefty went 3-0 in eight games, striking out 62 and walking nine over 41 2/3 innings with Double-A Montgomery. He struggled offensively at Double-A, hitting .167 (13 for 78).

UP NEXT

Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell (3-4, 3.07 ERA), who's received a combined two runs of support over his last three outings, starts the finale of the three-game series Wednesday night. The Blue Jays counter with right-hander Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.42).

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  • W: R. Yarbrough (4-1)L: C. Richard (0-1)S: D. Castillo (6)
  • HR: TB - A. Garcia (10), A. Meadows (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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L. Gurriel LF40100002.263.323.544.8662.0
B. Drury SS20110112.220.257.387.6442.5
D. Jansen C40000003.167.237.246.4830.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Garcia DH42211010.284.347.511.8597.5
    T. Pham LF20000210.291.404.474.8791.5
    A. Meadows RF41211003.356.428.6961.1247.0
    W. Adames SS30000112.238.309.378.6870.5
    T. d'Arnaud C20010101.136.200.169.3692.0
    D. Robertson 3B30100103.203.317.297.6142.0
    J. Choi 1B30100111.263.339.408.7470.5
    G. Heredia CF40000025.259.355.389.744-1.0
    A. Velazquez 2B30000023.083.083.167.250-1.0
    R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Tellez (8), L. Gurriel (7)
      • SF - B. Drury (2)
      • RBI - B. Drury (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero, R. Tellez, B. Drury 2 (2), D. Jansen 2 (2), J. Davis
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Garcia (10), A. Meadows (12)
      • SF - T. d'Arnaud
      • RBI - A. Garcia (23), A. Meadows (31), T. d'Arnaud (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Adames, T. d'Arnaud, D. Robertson 2 (2), G. Heredia, A. Velazquez 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Choi (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 0-1)4.03224313.381.38-0.5
      J. Shafer1.11001000.001.501.0
      T. Pannone2.22111517.001.564.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 0-1)4.0
      J. Shafer1.1
      T. Pannone2.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek2.01001102.971.054.5
      R. Yarbrough (W, 4-1)3.22001105.531.0813.5
      C. Roe (H, 10)0.10000002.301.790.0
      E. Pagan (H, 4)2.01000300.470.746.5
      D. Castillo (S, 6)1.02110002.631.067.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek2.0
      R. Yarbrough (W, 4-1)3.2
      C. Roe (H, 10)0.1
      E. Pagan (H, 4)2.0
      D. Castillo (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 81-49, J. Shafer 19-10, T. Pannone 45-29
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 5-3, J. Shafer 2-2, T. Pannone 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 18, J. Shafer 6, T. Pannone 11
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 26-16, R. Yarbrough 53-33, C. Roe 1-1, E. Pagan 30-20, D. Castillo 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-3, R. Yarbrough 5-5, E. Pagan 2-1, D. Castillo 1-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 8, R. Yarbrough 14, C. Roe, E. Pagan 7, D. Castillo 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      E. Sogard 2B30000110.257.352.440.7920.5
      V. Guerrero 3B40000021.225.301.402.703-1.0
      J. Smoak 1B40200010.231.376.462.8381.5
      R. Tellez DH40100001.238.293.456.7492.0
      R. Grichuk RF41100002.233.291.403.6942.0
      L. Gurriel LF40100002.263.323.544.8662.0
      B. Drury SS20110112.220.257.387.6442.5
      D. Jansen C40000003.167.237.246.4830.0
      J. Davis CF30000000.119.119.190.3100.0
      C. Richard P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Shafer P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Garcia DH42211010.284.347.511.8597.5
        T. Pham LF20000210.291.404.474.8791.5
        A. Meadows RF41211003.356.428.6961.1247.0
        W. Adames SS30000112.238.309.378.6870.5
        T. d'Arnaud C20010101.136.200.169.3692.0
        D. Robertson 3B30100103.203.317.297.6142.0
        J. Choi 1B30100111.263.339.408.7470.5
        G. Heredia CF40000025.259.355.389.744-1.0
        A. Velazquez 2B30000023.083.083.167.250-1.0
        R. Stanek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        R. Yarbrough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        E. Pagan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        D. Castillo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total2836326818-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Tellez (8), L. Gurriel (7)
          • SF - B. Drury (2)
          • RBI - B. Drury (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero, R. Tellez, B. Drury 2 (2), D. Jansen 2 (2), J. Davis
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Garcia (10), A. Meadows (12)
          • SF - T. d'Arnaud
          • RBI - A. Garcia (23), A. Meadows (31), T. d'Arnaud (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Meadows (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Adames, T. d'Arnaud, D. Robertson 2 (2), G. Heredia, A. Velazquez 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Choi (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Richard (L, 0-1)4.03224313.381.38-0.5
          J. Shafer1.11001000.001.501.0
          T. Pannone2.22111517.001.564.5
          Total8.0633682---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Richard (L, 0-1)4.0
          J. Shafer1.1
          T. Pannone2.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek2.01001102.971.054.5
          R. Yarbrough (W, 4-1)3.22001105.531.0813.5
          C. Roe (H, 10)0.10000002.301.790.0
          E. Pagan (H, 4)2.01000300.470.746.5
          D. Castillo (S, 6)1.02110002.631.067.0
          Total9.0611250---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek2.0
          R. Yarbrough (W, 4-1)3.2
          C. Roe (H, 10)0.1
          E. Pagan (H, 4)2.0
          D. Castillo (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 81-49, J. Shafer 19-10, T. Pannone 45-29
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 5-3, J. Shafer 2-2, T. Pannone 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Richard 18, J. Shafer 6, T. Pannone 11
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 26-16, R. Yarbrough 53-33, C. Roe 1-1, E. Pagan 30-20, D. Castillo 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-3, R. Yarbrough 5-5, E. Pagan 2-1, D. Castillo 1-2
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 8, R. Yarbrough 14, C. Roe, E. Pagan 7, D. Castillo 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Drury hit sacrifice fly to center, Grichuk scored, Gurriel to third13
          • 7TH INNING
            Meadows homered to right center03
          • 3RD INNING
            Garcia homered to right02
          • 1ST INNING
            d'Arnaud hit sacrifice fly to center, Garcia scored, Pham to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Diego Castillo relieved Emilio Pagan
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tellez flied out to deep left
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grichuk singled to center
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep right, Grichuk to third
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Drury hit sacrifice fly to center, Grichuk scored, Gurriel to third
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • E. Pagan Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Sogard struck out bunting foul
            • V. Guerrero: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Guerrero struck out looking
            • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud lined out to left
            • D. Robertson: Robertson singled to deep left
            • J. Choi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Choi flied out to left
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heredia grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Chaz Roe
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Drury singled to right
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Foul, Ball, Jansen flied out to deep left
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Drury out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Pannone Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Pham struck out on foul tip
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Meadows homered to right center
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak popped out to second
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tellez flied out to center
            • Chaz Roe relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Shafer Pitching:
            • T. d'Arnaud: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, d'Arnaud walked
            • D. Robertson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Robertson fouled out to right, d'Arnaud to second
            • Thomas Pannone relieved Justin Shafer
            • J. Choi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choi walked
            • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • A. Velazquez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Velazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jansen grounded out to second
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Guerrero reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sogard out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Shafer relieved Clayton Richard
            • A. Garcia: Garcia lined out to center
            • T. Pham: Pham grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Meadows singled to left center
            • W. Adames: Foul, Adames reached on fielder's choice to second, Meadows out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak singled to deep left
            • R. Tellez: Tellez doubled to deep right, Smoak to third
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk popped out to third
            • L. Gurriel: Strike (foul tip), Gurriel grounded out to third
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Robertson walked
            • J. Choi: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Choi singled to center, Robertson to third
            • G. Heredia: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • A. Velazquez: Choi caught stealing second, pitcher to first to shortstop, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Velazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
            • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Davis lined out to right
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Sogard flied out to deep center
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Guerrero grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia homered to right
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pham walked
            • A. Meadows: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Meadows reached on fielder's choice to second, Pham out at second
            • W. Adames: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Adames fouled out to first
            • T. d'Arnaud: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, d'Arnaud flied out to deep right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk popped out to shortstop
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to right
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Drury walked
            • D. Jansen: Jansen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Drury out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Velazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Velazquez struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sogard popped out to shortstop
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerrero struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak singled to right center
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia singled to deep left
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pham walked, Garcia to second
            • A. Meadows: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Meadows grounded out to second, Garcia to third, Pham to second
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames walked
            • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, d'Arnaud hit sacrifice fly to center, Garcia scored, Pham to third
            • D. Robertson: Robertson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)