Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Friday, April 23, 2021, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Matz wins 4th straight start, Blue Jays beat Rays 5-3

Matz wins 4th straight start, Blue Jays beat Rays 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Steven Matz won his fourth consecutive start, Marcus Semien hit a three-run homer, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night.

Matz (4-0), acquired from the New York Mets in January, gave up three runs and five hits over five innings. The lefty went 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA with New York last year.

Toronto also got a solo homer from Randal Grichuk. Rafael Dolis, the fourth reliever, worked the ninth for his first save.

Randy Arozarena hit a three-run homer for the Rays. Tyler Glasnow (2-1), who entered with an ERA of 0.73, allowed five runs, five hits and struck out 10 in six innings.

The Blue Jays started what manager Charlie Montoyo called a “kind of weird” three-game series at Tampa Bay, which is a short distance away from Toronto’s spring training ballpark, TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, where it is playing home games through at least May due to COVID-19 restrictions in Canada.

Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette struck out before the Blue Jays erupted for a four-run first inning. Rowdy Tellez hit an RBI double and Semien connected on a drive to centre.

Glasnow also fanned Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who reached on a wild pitch, and Danny Jansen in the first to become the third Tampa Bay pitcher to strike out four in the same inning.

Arozarena’s homer got the Rays within 4-3 in the fifth.

Grichuk’s sixth-inning shot was the lone hit Glasnow gave up over his final five innings.

Arozarena, the left fielder, made a diving catch in straightaway centre after centre fielder Kevin Kiermaier lost Tellez’s high fly in the fifth.

Gurriel threw out Yandy Díaz, who tried to score from second on Austin Meadows’ single in the first. The left fielder also made a leaping catch at the wall on Mike Brosseau’s fourth-inning drive.

The Blue Jays infield had three errors, including a pair by Bichette at short, while Matz was on the hill. Bichette has six errors this season.

BIRTHDAY CALL-UP

RHP Louis Head joined the Rays on his 31st birthday from the team’s alternate site. A pro since 2012, he had never gotten higher than Triple-A.

“I think getting the call up was so overwhelming, I was kind of speechless to be honest.” Head said.

Unsure about his baseball future after last year, Head sold solar panels door to door in Arizona.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right quadriceps strain) was scheduled to play in an alternate site intrasquad game Friday night. … OF Teoscar Hernández (COVID-19) resumed baseball activities. … Montoyo said the team is close to the 85% vaccination level, which would ease MLB protocols. … RHP Tanner Roark was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List.

Rays: Closer Diego Castillo was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to side effects from a vaccination.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays LHP Robbie Ray (0-1) will face an opener or LHP Ryan Yarbrough (0-1) on Saturday night.

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Mark Didtler, The Associated Press

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