Lowe, Margot help Rays give Blue Jays 5th loss in a row

St. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) – Brandon Lowe hit a pair of triples while Manuel Margot got a tiebreaker in the eighth inning, to lead the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Friday night.

Lowe’s RBI trio capped the three-run as Rays sent Toronto to a fifth straight loss.

“We’re probably getting squeezed,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “What I know from experience is that good hitters will strike, and you can’t panic about a good attack when you have 129 games left. That’s just now, because we’ve played so many close matches, it’s all magnified because everyone expects our attack to be among the best in baseball. “.

Reese broke the tie 2-2 with three consecutive kicks from the start Kevin Gusman (3-2).

Margot is back in the lineup after missing two matches due to a tight hamstring and extended his hitting streak to 10 matches with his single.

Andrew Kittridge (3-0) took the win on break while Jason Adam scored ninth on his first major league save.

Lowe became the first player to score two hat-tricks in a major league game this season. He thought the first was a home run and would delight with a song in the second.

“I’ve got that ball as much as I’ve got the ball,” he said of his 400-plus-foot shot that sent Toronto midfielder George Springer into the ball. “I thought it was too far-fetched, frankly.”

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