ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay broke an eighth-inning tie when Toronto third baseman Cavan Biggio let a grounder go between his legs, and the Rays went on to beat the Blue Jays 5-3 on Saturday night.
Jordan Romano (1-1), reinstated from the 10-day injured list before the game, walked Brandon Lowe and Mike Brosseau to start the eighth. Manuel Margot hit a grounder that got past Biggio for an error, allowing Lowe to put the Rays ahead 4-3.
Margot said the bunt sign was on for the first pitch but then was taken off.
“After that, my mentality changed and I just wanted to make hard contact,” Margot said through a translator.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said he was “glad we didn’t” bunt.
“They had the infield kind of pinched in maybe to try and cover for the bunt,” Cash said. “Manny smoked it. I don’t know if he was all the way back he makes that play.”
Brosseau was thrown out at the plate on shortstop Bo Bichette’s relay from left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Margot advanced to third on the play and later scored on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder against Ryan Borucki.
“A close game, you come in and you walk a couple guys, you’re looking for trouble,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “But you’ve got to give him credit, he got the ground ball to get a double play and we couldn’t make the play.”
Brosseau and Mike Zunino homered for the Rays, who stopped a four-game losing streak.
Toronto got a three-run homer from Randal Grichuk.
The Blue Jays loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but failed to score when Ryan Thompson (1-1) struck out Alejandro Kirk.
Andrew Kittredge worked the ninth for his first save.
Zunino had a solo drive during the second and Brosseau tied it at 3 on a two-run homer off Robbie Ray in the sixth.
Ray allowed three…