Drew Rasmussen combined with four relievers on three hitters. Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi hit a homerun and the RsTampa Bay ays became the first AL team to achieve 90 wins, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Tuesday night.
After losing four of in their previous five, the East-leading Rays hit the 90-win mark for the eighth time, all in the past 14 seasons.
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Throwing well and playing good defense to defeat a postseason contender put the Rays in a bad state. 'spirit of October.
"Mike Zunino arrived after the game and said ' This is what a playoff game looks like '," said Rasmussen. "Going over there and seeing how well our pitching team played, and also how well our defense played, it really gives our team a lot of confidence. We can play with the best of the way. them. "
Lowe also felt a playoff energy in the game.
" It really felt like the playoffs, "Lowe said. "Every bat was tight, on both sides of the diamond.
Tampa Bay (90-55) stopped a two-game losing streak. The Rays have not lost three games in a row.te since July 25-28.
Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios (11-8) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings before leaving due to a pain in his left abdominal muscle.
"He felt something on his side " said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo. "Of course he was doing a great job. We'll see how he feels tomorrow. He's receiving treatment right now.
Toronto (81-64) fell to tie with the Yankees in New York for the two AL wild cards, with the Boston Red Sox percentage points behind. The Blue Jays had scored 52 points in winning their previous four games.
Rasmussen (3-1) allowed two hits in five innings.
"He had to be this close. as perfect as possible, "said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "Berrios was sort of matching him up and down.
Toronto threatened in fourth when George Springer doubled and Marcus Semien walked. Rasumussen had Vladimir Guerrero Jr. lined up in center, took out Bo Bichette and took out Teoscar Hern andez on a liner.
"In a game like this, that's probably the point. most crucial of the game for us, "said Cash.
Pete Fairbanks pitched around an unmarried start in the sixth, JT Chargois took advantage of a diving catch from the right fielder Randy Arozarena on Corey Dickerson's liner for the final of the seventh and David Robertson had a 1-2-3 eighth.
Facing the top of the order, Andrew Kittredge threw a perfect ninth for his seventh save on eight occasions.
Choi's drive off in the second, his 10th home run this season, was the only run allowed by Berrios, who lost for the first time in four starts despite scattering four hits in seven innings.
Berrios came in 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in four games against the Rays. He has them affronted for the first time since May 2019, while in Minnesota.
Lowe hit his 34th home run of the season in the eighth on the first pitch he saw from the southpaw Tim Mayza.
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In addition to taking d 'Arozarena, Rays shortstop Joey Wendle pulled off a diving catch on Springer's liner in the first, and center fielder Manuel Margot pulled off a slipped catch on Reese's sinking liner McGuire in the third.
The Blue Jays also had several great plays. s. Shortstop Bo Bichette made a diving save on Margot's groudner in the second, throwing him to prevent a run from scoring. In the ninth, Bichette walked to the shallow left to grab the short flare ofWendle.
The Blue Jays were shut out for the third time, the lowest total in the majors. Atlanta, Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers were each held scoreless five times on Tuesday. hamstrings) is progressing well and could start swinging off a tee on Wednesday. Franco is eligible to return on September 21. … Cash said there was no clarity on the status of RHP Chris Archer (left hip) after Archer was examined by a team doctor in Florida. Archer left Saturday's start against Deteoit after four innings due to hip pain.
RHP Shawn Rays Armstrong and David Hess cleared the waivers and were directly attributed to Triple-A Durham.
The Blue Jays LHP Robbie Ray (11 -5, 2.69) starts against Rays RHP Michael Wacha (3-4, 5.37) in the series finalWednesday. Ray is 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts against Tampa Bay this season.