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Bo Bichette, Robbie Ray lead Blue Jays over Marlins

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette went 2 for 4 with an RBI in a win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette went 2 for 4 with an RBI in a win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in Miami. File Photo by Corey Sipkin/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI, June 24 (UPI) -- Bo Bichette was the only player to record multiple hits on the night and the Toronto Blue Jays pitching staff held onto a narrow lead late to lift the team to a tight road win over the Miami Marlins in Miami.

Bichette went 2 for 4 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored in the 3-1 win Wednesday at loanDepot park. Left-fielder Teoscar Hernandez and center-fielder George Springer drove in the Blue Jays' other two runs.

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Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray allowed four hits and one run in six innings to improve to 5-3 in 2021.

"I felt like I was able to keep them off balance," Ray told reporters in a postgame Zoom conference. "I was moving my fastball to both sides of the plate. I felt like, arm-side, that's the best it's been all year with my arm-side fastball."

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Marlins center-fielder Starling Marte hit a solo homer in the sixth inning to cut the deficit to two runs. The Marlins had another runner on second base with no outs in the bottom of the ninth frame, but could not rally to tie the score as Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano retired the final three Marlins batters in order.



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Bichette sparked the Blue Jays with a single to right field in the second at-bat of the game. Marlins starter Trevor Rogers issued a walk to Vladimir Guerrero in the next exchange. He then allowed an RBI double to Hernandez.

Springer followed with an RBI groundout, which gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead. The score stayed the same until Bichette plated Marcus Semien on a fifth-inning RBI single. The Marlins answered in the bottom of the next inning, when Marte mashed his 424-foot homer over the left-field fence.

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Marlins outfielder Adam Duvall doubled to start the bottom of the final inning. Miguel Rojas and Jesus Sanchez followed with ground outs. Romano then struck out Jorge Alfaro on four pitches to end the game.

The Marlins (31-42) host the Blue Jays (37-35) at 7:10 p.m. EDT Thursday at loanDepot park.

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