Major League Baseball
Tampa Bay 7, Toronto 1
When: 7:10 PM ET, Friday, July 9, 2021
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home - Victor Carapazza, 1B - Pat Hoberg, 2B - Chris Conroy, 3B - Ben May
Attendance: 8551

The host Tampa Bay Rays won their fifth consecutive game after beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg on Friday night.

Tampa Bay's win came on the heels of losing two out of three to the Blue Jays last weekend in Buffalo. The second game of this three-game series will be Saturday afternoon.

Tampa Bay chased Toronto rookie Alek Manoah (2-1) in the fourth after he struck Ji-Man Choi in the knee with bases loaded, driving in Tampa Bay's third run of the night.

The Rays had trailed 1-0 going into the third but took the lead after loading the bases for the first time.

With one out, Manoah struck out Wander Franco before giving up a single to Austin Meadows, which plated Brett Phillips (2-for-4, two runs scored) and Mike Zunino.

In the fourth, Taylor Walls doubled with one out then moved to third on an error by third baseman Cavan Biggio. With two outs, Manoah walked Brandon Lowe before hitting Choi to make it a 3-1 game.

Manoah ended the night with nine strikeouts in his 3 2/3 innings.

Tampa Bay tagged on a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh.

The first two came on a two-out single from Choi (three RBIs) and the second two on a double by Walls (2-for-4, two RBIs).

The Blue Jays, who have now lost three of the past four, took the initial lead in the top of the third when George Springer drove in Bo Bichette on a two-out single.

Toronto did not get a single hit after Springer's RBI single until Randal Grichuk singled with one out in the ninth.

Tampa Bay used three pitchers out of the bullpen and it gave up one hit over the final five innings. Starter Shane McClanahan went four innings giving up a run off one hit and he got five of the team's 14 strikeouts.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Alek Manoah Player Shane McClanahan
Loss W/L No Decision
3.2 IP 4.0
9 Strikeouts 5
3 Hits 4
4.91 ERA 2.25
Toronto   Tampa Bay
Teoscar Hernandez Player Brett Phillips
1 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
1 TB 3
.333 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 5 0 6 .156 10 14 1 3 1 1
Tampa Bay 8 0 11 .242 26 16 7 5 1 0