Shane Baz pitched two-hit ball for 5 innings to win his principal league debut and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays cut Toronto’s lead contained in the wild-card chase, holding off the Blue Jays 6-4 on Monday night time.

Tampa Bay has a seven-game revenue over second-place Boston with 11 video video video games remaining.

The Blue Jays, who scored twice contained in the ninth inning and left the bases loaded, had their edge over the New York Yankees for the second AL wild card drop to a half-game.

Baz (1-0) gave up a pair of dwelling runs and little else, inserting out 5 and strolling none. The 22-year-old righty, promoted from Triple-A Durham, was on this yr’s silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic baseball staff.

“It was like a dream come true-type thing,” Baz talked about.

Baz threw 51 of 65 pitches (78.5%) for strikes, the simplest proportion by a beginning pitcher in his MLB debut since pitches had been first tracked starting in 1988, in accordance with STATS.

The outing put Baz on the radar for a doable postseason roster spot.

“He’s done that, and we’ll see how it shakes out,” Rays supervisor Kevin Cash talked about.

Baz, together with household and buddies, was on the sphere all through the pitcher’s mound for an prolonged interval after the sport. The group included his mom, father and sister.

“It just means everything to have them here,” Baz talked about. “It made me so comfortable just getting to see them this morning. It was really special.”

Toronto, which is 15-4 in September, acquired homers from Teoscar Hernández, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Marcus Semien.

The Blue Jays had been restricted to 2 hits and had been down 6-2 coming into the ninth earlier than George Springer had a leadoff double and scored on Semien’s forty first homer off David Robertson.

JT Chargois modified Robertson after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked and bought two outs earlier than Toronto loaded the bases on Danny Jansen’s single and a stroll to Gurriel.

Breyvic Valera acquired forward 3-0 earlier than taking a usually generally known as third strike on a full-count pitch from Dietrich Enns, who picked up his second save.

“That’s just what we do; we’re not going to quit,” Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo talked about. “The guys are not going to give up.”

The Rays had been with out key late-inning reliever Andrew Kittredge, who was positioned on the 10-day injured pointers earlier than the sport.

Tampa Bay had a runner attain second in opposition to Robbie Ray (12-6) inside the primary, second and fourth nonetheless failed to understand. The Rays lastly acquired a key hit when Yandy Díaz linked for a three-run homer contained in the fifth.

Taylor Walls had a doable one-out double contained in the Rays fifth flip correct proper right into a single after his grounder down the left-field line struck umpire Nic Lentz. After Kevin Kiermaier had an infield single, Díaz hit his twelfth homer.

Tampa Bay took a 4-2 lead contained in the sixth as Joey Wendle scored from second when third baseman Jake Lamb was charged with a throwing error on an infield hit by Kiermaier, who was thrown out making an attempt to understand on the play.

Manuel Margot had a seventh-inning RBI single and Wendle hit a solo homer contained in the eighth to place the Rays forward 6-2.

Baz retired his first 4 batters, together with inserting out Springer principal off, earlier than Hernández hit his twenty ninth homer contained in the second. Baz set down the subsequent 10 hitters till Gurriel linked for his twentieth homer contained in the fifth.

“Another good arm from the Rays comes up from the minor leagues,” Montoyo talked about.

Ray, the necessary factor league strikeout chief with 238, gave up three runs, seven hits, two walks and fanned 5. His staff record-tying stretch of inserting out eight or further in seven straight video video video games ended.

“They just battled,” talked about Ray, who threw 97 pitches. “They just put up really tough at-bats.”

STRANGE DOUBLE PLAY

Kiermaier was usually generally known as out at third base on an enchantment play after Gurriel made a nifty working catch in left on Díaz’s third-inning liner. Kiermaier broke for third on the pitch, touched the underside and took a step within the course of dwelling earlier than heading as soon as extra to second with out re-touching third.

WANDER’S WORLD

Cash talked about standout rookie INF Wander Franco (appropriate hamstring) will play with Triple-A Durham on Wednesday and Thursday, and can return Friday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Montoyo talked about Springer would possibly shortly resume having enjoyable with contained in the outfield. Springer returned from his third IL stint due to a left knee sprain on Aug. 30.

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (left hip) was transferred to the 60-day IL, ending his season.

UP NEXT

Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (6-2) and Rays RHP Drew Rasmussen (3-1) are Tuesday night time’s scheduled starters. Manoah is 2-1 with 0.96 ERA in three video video video games in opposition to the Rays this season.