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Hits by Siri, Peralta lift Rays to 3-2 win over Blue Jays

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ST. ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – hits from newly acquired Joseph Siri as well as David Peralta secured the winning streak for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Siri led Tampa Bay sixth with a single loss Adam Cimber (8-4). He stole second place, moved to third place and scored a goal on Peralta’s decisive single.

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Peralta had two of Tampa Bay’s six hits, all singles, after managing just two hits in a 3-1 loss on Tuesday night.

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Peralta was acquired in a deal with Arizona on Saturday, and Siri moved from Houston in a three-way deal on Monday.

“I had a lot of pressure,” Peralta said after his first run for the Race. “I came here on Sunday. We lost. Yesterday we lost, and I’m like, “Come on. You must do something. We needed to start winning.

“But I tried not to do too much. I knew it would happen, but it happened today.”

Ryan Thompson (3-2) won after two innings without hits. Jason Adam worked ninth for his fifth save in six tries.

Theoscar Hernandez rode in Toronto’s runs, hitting a double in the first inning and a 15th homer in the fourth.

Yusei Kikuchi allowed two runs and three hits in four innings while striking out five. He threw 74 innings in his second start after a three-week break due to neck strain.

“In general, I felt good,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “All three steps worked so I feel like I’m going to get better and better.”

Rays opener Jalen Beaks pitched one inning and Ryan Yarbrough four innings followed, dropping Homer Hernandez as his only hit. It was the sixth homer of Hernandez’s career with Yarbrough.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.the eighth inning single was Toronto’s only hit in four innings against Thompson, Pete Fairbanks and Adam. The Blue Jays only got four men on base after the first half, and one of them was doubled on the line.

“Toronto probably has one of the best lineups in the league, so anytime you can shut them down that way, it’s a big win for us,” Adam said. “Hopefully we can take some of that momentum and turn it into a small streak.”

The Blue Jays (58-46) started the day as the AL’s wild card leader after winning 13 of their previous 16 games. The Rays (55-49) won for only the third time in 11 games.

“You want to end up on a good note, especially against someone we’re currently chasing in the standings,” Yarbrough said. “So everything is in good shape now and we have a couple of new additions to the team.”


Whit MerrifieldThe two-time All-Star second baseman who was acquired by Toronto in a trade for Kansas City on Tuesday has a week to decide whether to get vaccinated so he can play in Canada.

Merrifield was one of 10 unvaccinated Royals who were unable to play the July 14-17 series in Toronto due to travel restrictions in Canada.

“Obviously we knew he wasn’t there (with the royals) in Toronto, but that’s his personal choice,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said. “I’m sure he talked to his family and other people. So we look forward to seeing him tomorrow in Minnesota.”

The Blue Jays will play in Minnesota this weekend and Baltimore next week before returning to Toronto on August 12 for a six-game home stand.


Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling was placed on a 15-day IL with right-sided glutamate. … FROM George Springer missed the fourth of five games due to pain in his right elbow, but resumed baseball activity.

Beams: RHP Matt Whisler (neck deformity) almost ready to undergo rehab before activation. … FROM Harold Ramirezout of action on July 18, is due to take another X-ray of his broken right thumb.


Blue Jays: Alec Manoa (11-5, 2.42 ERA) will open the four-game series in Minnesota on Thursday night.

Beams: LHP Geoffrey Springs (3-3, 2.70 ERA) will hand over the opener to Thursday night’s four-game series in Detroit.


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