Game 97: Wil Myers Helps Power Rays Past Blue Jays

By David Hill

Seemingly every hitter has that one pitcher that they just feast upon. For Wil Myers, thus far in his young career, it appears as though that pitcher is Esmil Rogers.

Early on, it was the Blue Jays who were doing the feasting at the expense of Rays starter David Price. Edwin Encarnacion hammered a ball to left just after Jose Bautista missed a homer, putting Toronto ahead 1-0. After Ben Zobrist tied the game in the top of the third, the Blue Jays started teeing off against Price. J.P. Arencibia led off the bottom of the third with a home run to put the Blue Jays back on top, and Bautista hit a two run homer with one out to give Toronto a 4-1 lead. With two outs, the Blue Jays loaded the bases, and appeared to have Price on the ropes. On a 3-2 count, Price got Colby Rasmus to pop out to third, and escape the threat.

The Rays, however, fought back. After Myers unloaded on Rogers for a solo home run to cut the lead in half to lead off the fourth, Tampa continued their home run derby in the sixth. Evan Longoria and Kelly Johnson each hit solo home runs, and the game was tied at 4-4. Meanwhile, Price adjusted his approach, and began starting the Blue Jays off with something other than the fastball, keeping their bats off balance as he began to look more like the pitcher he has been since the DL stint.

The Rays completed the comeback in the eighth. After Kelly Johnson singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, recently recalled Ryan Roberts singled to drive in the go ahead run, moving to second on the throw home. After a wild pitch, Desmond Jennings singled to plate Roberts, and the Rays took a 6-4 lead. Price exited at that point, giving up four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five over seven innings. It may not have been his best start, but he managed to limit the damage and make adjustments to keep the Blue Jays off stride after the third.

After two more insurance runs were tacked on in the ninth, Jake McGee came in to close out the game. Despite serving up a long home run to Brett Lawrie, the Rays were able to hang on for the 8-5 comeback victory. Myers finished a triple short of the cycle in the win, going 3-5 with a double, a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Zobrist was also a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored.