With a win over the Blue Jays, the Rays clinch a postseason berth.

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With a win over the Blue Jays, the Rays clinch a postseason berth.

To upset the Toronto Blue Jays and win a postseason berth in their 153rd game of 2021, Austin Meadows smashed a three-run homer and Tampa Bay Rays pitchers limited a potent Vladimir Guerrero Jr-led lineup to just four hits.

In a 7-1 victory at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., left fielder Randy Arozarena had three singles. Rays starter Luis Patino allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.

“We’ve made it to the playoffs. Brandon Lowe, the Rays’ second baseman, told reporters, “That’s amazing.” “It’s something we’re all looking forward to.

“But we’d be dishonest to everyone if we said we didn’t have higher ambitions in that clubhouse. We’re looking at something else.”

Over the last six innings, the Rays bullpen combined to allow three hits and one run. The victory ensured the Rays’ third straight postseason appearance. They are six games ahead of the Boston Red Sox in the American League East division.

With two outs in the first inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases but were unable to get a runner home. In the bottom of the inning, the Rays got two runners on base, but they were left stranded.

With a six-run third inning, the Rays took command. With a single to left, Lowe started the bottom half of the inning. Arozarena then hit a two-run homer. To load the bases, Blue Jays relief pitcher Ross Stripling issued a walk to Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi.

Yandy Diaz, the third baseman, brought Lowe home with a sacrifice fly to center field two pitches later.

Meadows then launched a three-run bomb to right field on a 1-0 Stripling fastball. According to Statcast, his bat hit the ball at 106 mph.

Shortstop for the Rays With a two-run single later in the inning, Taylor Walls increased the margin to 6-0.

In the bottom of the fourth, Diaz drove in Arozarena with a single to center field. Teoscar Hernandez drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays with a sacrifice fly to center in the sixth inning.

In the loss, Guerrero went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Julian Merryweather of the Blue Jays pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one walk. Stripling fell to 5-7 on the season after allowing five hits and five runs in 1 1/3 innings.

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