Martin's 8th-inning solo shot the difference as Blue Jays edge Rays 7-6
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (55) hits a solo home run during eighth inning American League baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays, in Toronto, Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)
Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:41PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, June 14, 2017 10:44PM EDT
TORONTO - Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
Martin belted an 0-1 pitch from reliever Jose Alvarado (0-1) for his sixth homer of the year. The Rays had tied the game in the top half of the frame by scoring three runs - including a two-run homer by Logan Morrison - off reliever Joe Smith (3-0).
Closer Roberto Osuna worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 17th save as the Blue Jays split the two-game mini-series with their American League East rival.
Toronto (32-33) also moved within a game of the .500 mark and into a virtual tie with Baltimore for fourth place in the East. The Orioles had a late start against the Chicago White Sox due to a rain delay.
It was the second loss in eight games for Tampa Bay (35-33).
Kendrys Morales hit a three-run homer in Toronto's four-run fifth inning. His no-doubt blast travelled an estimated 464 feet before landing in the second level of right-field seats at Rogers Centre.