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Blue Jays fall 4-1 to Rays in Florida

Toronto Blue Jays' Matt Shoemaker pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning on Saturday, July 25, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Chris O'Meara/AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Brandon Lowe’s two-run triple snapped an eighth-inning tie and sent the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Saturday.

Lowe, a first-time AL All-Star in 2019, hit a drive into the gap in right-centre field off reliever Sam Gaviglio (0-1).

The right-hander later balked, allowing Lowe to score the third run of the inning.

Ji-Man Choi drove in Tampa Bay’s other run with a sixth-inning double off Matt Shoemaker, who made his first start for the Blue Jays since injuring his left knee in April 2019.

Toronto tied it at 1 on Reese McGuire’s homer off right-hander Pete Fairbanks in the seventh.

Nick Anderson (1-0), the third of four Rays pitchers who followed starter Ryan Yarbrough, retired four of five batters he faced to get the win. Oliver Drake worked a perfect ninth for the save.

Toronto’s Cavan Biggio, whose three-run homer was the big blow in the Blue Jays’ 6-4 win on opening day, was 2 for 3 with a walk, extending his on-base streak to 31 consecutive games the longest active stretch in the majors.