Toronto was looking for a shot at redemption against Tampa Bay. After the bats went cold yesterday, the Blue Jays got to redeem themselves courtesy of the pitchers.
Joe Biagini made his first career start after 74 relief appearances. Biagini had a good start as he threw 53 pitches in four innings, allowed one earned run off of two hits, and four strikeouts.
Alex Cobb was facing the Blue Jays for the first time this season. In his sixth start, Cobb pitched eight innings, allowed two earned runs off of four hits, two base-on-balls, and three strikeouts.
Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third. After an error made by Devon Travis to allow a Kevin Kiermaier infield single, Corey Dickerson singled to centre field to put the Rays up 1-0 against the Blue Jays.
Aaron Loup took over in a scoreless bottom of the fifth. The Blue Jays took flight in the top of the sixth. After a Kevin Pillar double, Russell Martin tied it up with a two-out RBI single. It was a 1-1 game heading to the bottom of the sixth.
Ryan Tepera made his first appearance of the series after Loup. Tepera had another good outing as he struck out four and only walked one batter in two innings of work.
Darwin Barney was the hero of the game in the top of the eighth. He hit his first home run of the season on a 1-0 pitch to the left field wall. The Blue Jays took over the lead against the Rays 2-1.
Joe Smith was the fourth Blue Jay pitcher to enter the game. Needless to say, the bullpen did an excellent job after Biagini.
Since Cobb pitched into the bottom of the eighth, Danny Farquhar was the only other pitcher the Rays used in the game.
The Blue Jays handed things over to Roberto Osuna in the bottom of the ninth. Osuna punched out the side after giving up a single as the Blue Jays come back from behind with a 2-1 finale against the Rays.
Toronto (11-20) took the series over Tampa Bay (16-17).
Tepera (2-14.67 ERA) is credited with the win, Cobb (2-3 3.56 ERA) is credited with the loss, and Osuna picked up his fourth save of the season.
The Blue Jays return home on a high note. They went 3-3 during their road trip and will head back to the Rogers Centre to open up a nine-game homestand on Monday against the Cleveland Indians.