Blue Jays pile up 20 runs in blowout of Rays

George Springer went 4-for-5 with a solo home run and two RBIs Toronto Blue Jays demolished by Tampa Bay Rays 20-1 Tuesday at St. Petersburg, Fla

Springer finished with a double to hit for the cycle Blue Jays ended a five-game losing streak

Toronto had 27 hits, the highest single-game total in the majors this year. Tampa Bay used position players in the final two innings and gave up 10 runs.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a ninth-inning grand slam and drove in six runs, and Matt Chapman and Danny Jansen drove in two runs in the ninth.

Toronto righty Jose Berrios (4-4) allowed one run, five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

Isaac Paredes hit a solo home run Rayswho won the opener of the four-game series on Monday

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Rays Right-hander Taj Bradley (3-1) gave up nine hits and four runs while collecting seven strikeouts and no walks in four innings.

Toronto opened the first inning with back-to-back singles by Springer, Bo Bichette and Guerrero to score a run. Bradley struck out the next three batters.

Springer hit his seventh home run of the season in the third.

Toronto’s Whit Merrifield led off the fourth with a single and scored on Jansen’s double. Jansen continued to third on the throw at home and scored on Springer’s infield hit to make it 4-0.

Zack Burdi replaced Bradley in the fifth and allowed six runs. Chapman walked with one out, stole second, then moved to third on a single by Merrifield, who took second. Daulton Varsho hit a two-run single.

Jansen hit a ground-rule double. A wild pitch scored one run and Kevin Kiermaier hit a sacrifice fly to plate another. Springer tripled and scored on a wild pitch and Bichette moved to second on a throwing error by Paredes before Guerrero hit an RBI single to make it 10-0.

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Paredes finished in the bottom of the seventh Rays‘lonely run

Luke Raley moved from first base to the mound in the eighth and allowed a run for Chapman on an RBI single.

In the ninth, Raley allowed Guerrero’s eighth homer and Chapman’s seventh of the season. Catcher Christian Bethancourt served up Jansen’s sixth homer of the season.

Blue Jays Right-hander Adam Cimber was placed back on the injured list in the pregame and pitched a scoreless ninth inning. Since April 24, he has been displaced due to a strain on the right rhombus

— Field Level Media