Rays Beat Blue Jays


All-Star Austin Meadows hit his 27th homer, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday night and maintaining the Rays' half-game lead over Oakland for the AL's top wild card.

Meadows homered off Buddy Boshers (0-3) leading off the seventh for a 5-4 lead and added an RBI double in the eighth against Ryan Tepera.

Tampa Bay, seeking its first post-season appearance since 2013, opened a 1 1/2-game lead over Cleveland, which is third in the wild-card standings.

The game drew just 5,962, the second-smallest crowd this season at Tropicana Field.

Rookie Bo Bichette had his second multi-homer game for the Blue Jays, who have lost four straight and 13 of 16. Toronto is on a pace for 99 losses.

Bichette homered in a 13-pitch at-bat leading off the first and the score 4-4 with a two-run drive in the seventh off Oliver Drake (4-2).

In other MLB action on Thursday, the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4.