TORONTO — Francisco Mejia scored twice and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 11-5 on Saturday night when Tampa Bay finished a double-header sweep in Toronto.
Mejia hit a solo homer and one that was worth two runs.
Isaac Paredes hit a three-run long ball and a one-run double.
Paredes and Harold Ramirez each scored three for the Rays, who led 6-1 after three innings.
In his first start of the season, Thomas Hatch (0-1) conceded 10 runs and 12 hits while still pitching for four and two-thirds innings.
The game’s first three batters hit the trails, and the Jays were lucky to only allow one run at first (a double-play ball from Ji-Man Choi helped with that effect).
Ralph Garza (2-2) pitched for the Rays in eighth and ninth place.
Vladimir Guerrero scored for 19th place and Bradley Zimmer hit a second four base hit.
Blue Jays first base coach Mark Budzinski left the team early in the game. Manager Charlie Montoyo often went into the dressing room, his duties then being taken over by John Schneider, the coach on the bench.
The Blue Jays have canceled their media availability and are instead proceeding with this statement:
“As many of you know, Mark Budzinski left early tonight. This is a personal matter, and Charlie and the rest of the instructors are on his side.
“Out of respect for ‘Bud,’ we ask that you respect his privacy at this time. Many Thanks. »
In Game 1, Paredes and Wander Franco each hit a solo homer to give the Rays a 6-2 win.
Randy Arozarena, Rene Pinto and Yandy Diaz scored in singles for the Rays (41-36), ending a four-game losing streak.
Shane McClanahan (9-3) batted out 10 batters, allowing just one run and three hits in seven innings.
The Toronto club’s points came on a single by Guerrero and an optional by Matt Chapman.
Kevin Gausman gave up four runs in straight sets before being hit by an arrow. He resigned because of a bruise on his right ankle.
Casey Lawrence (0-1), recalled by AAA, pitched for five and two-thirds innings and allowed six runs. Max Castillo followed him up the hill.
The Blue Jays honored Vladimir Guerrero (father) before Game 1. The former star player, wearing his Montreal Expos jersey, made the ceremonial throw at his son, the Jays’ star.
The return of Vladimir Guerrero in the Expos shirt!