Bichette, Blue Jays bomb Rays with six home runs

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Bo Bichette hit a three-run home run in a five-run bottom of the sixth inning to break a tie, Teoscar Hernandez added two homers and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Tampa Bay Rays 12-4 in Buffalo on Friday night.

The homer extended Bichette’s hitting streak to eight games, and extended his streak of games with a home run to four.

The Blue Jays hit six home runs in snapping the Rays’ winning streak at six. Hernandez hit a three-run homer and a solo shot for four total RBIs, Rowdy Tellez added a two-run blast, and Cavan Biggio and Randal Grichuk hit solo homers.

Brandon Lowe hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.

Rays starter Trevor Richards allowed three runs, four hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Ryan Thompson (1-1), who came on in the fifth, was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in one inning.

Toronto starter Tanner Roark allowed three runs, four hits and four walks with four strikeouts over four innings.

Lowe followed a leadoff walk to Austin Meadows in the first with his sixth homer this season. Tampa Bay scored once in the second to make it 3-0 when Meadows walked and scored from first on Lowe’s two-out single to right on a 3-2 count.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled with one out and Tellez hit his third homer this season with two out in the bottom of the second. Biggio tied the game with his fifth homer this season in the fourth.