Gausman delivers 1-hit gem as Jays beat Rays 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kevin Gausman allowed one hit and struck out 10 in a sweeping eight innings and the Toronto Blue Jays began a nine-game road trip with a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday evening.

The Blue Jays won 11 of 13 and increased their lead over Tampa Bay to four games for the top wildcard spot in the American League.

Jordan Romano worked the ninth to get his AL best 25th save despite Taylor Walls’ first homer in the ninth.

The Blue Jays were busy before the trade deadline an hour before the first pitch. They acquired two-time utility AL All-Star Whit Merrifield from Kansas City, and got relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from Miami.

Gausman (8-8) walked Randy Arozarena in the lead in the first, hit Isaac Paredes with a one-out pitch then retired 14 straight before Walls hit for the Rays’ first hit to start the sixth . The right-hander threw 75 of 103 pitches for strikes.

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Toronto took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored on a Bo Bichette single against Drew Rasmussen (6-4). Guerrero has a 13-game hitting streak.

Danny Jansen threw a two-run single to center with two out in the ninth.

Rasmussen allowed one run and six hits in six innings.

Tampa Bay is 3-8 since the All-Star break.

Center fielder Jose Siri, acquired from Houston on Monday, went 0 for 3 in his debut for the Rays. He had a nifty sliding catch to take a hit off Bichette with two on and two out in the third and just missed a diving catch on Jansen’s single.


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Although he only made a minor deal on Tuesday, sending OF Brett Phillips to Baltimore for $100,000, Tampa Bay is expected to receive significant help in late August or early September from within.

President of Baseball Operations Erik Neander said SS Wander Franco (right hook bone surgery) and OFs Harold Ramirez (right thumb fracture) and Manuel Margot (right patellar tendon strain) could all be back during the period.


Blue Jays: DE George Springer (right elbow) was out of the lineup for the third time in the last four games. It will be reassessed on Wednesday.

Spokes: C Francisco Mejia (right shoulder impact) and RHP Matt Wisler (drip) could return later this week. … RHP Yonny Chirinois (Tommy John surgery) and LHP Brendan McKay (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) had their rehab assignments transferred from rookie-level FCL to Class A Charleston,


Blue Jays: LHP Wednesday starter Yusei Kikuchi (4-5) is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three games against Tampa Bay.

Spokes: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-6) will start or follow an opener on Wednesday.


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