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Turner homers, drives in 4 runs as Blue Jays win 9-2 over Rays, splitting 4-game series

Justin Turner homered and drove in four runs as the Toronto Blue Jays won a four-game series by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

After winning the first game 8-1 on Thursday, the Blue Jays were outscored 13-3 in losing the next two games. Toronto is 20-35 in road games against Tampa Bay since the start of the 2018 season.

Randy Arozarena scored for the Rays. He also played deep in Saturday’s 5-1 win.

Toronto ace Kevin Gausman, on a pitch count after making his spring training debut before March 25 due to shoulder fatigue, allowed one run, two hits and struck out six in 4 1/2 sleeves. The right-hander threw 48 of 69 pitches for strikes.

Nate Pearson finished fifth and Mitch White (1-0) followed with three hitless innings. Chad Green allowed a home run by Isaac Paredes in the ninth, then completed a three-hitter in front of a crowd of just 14,875.

Toronto took a 4-1 lead on Turner’s double against Tyler Alexander in the second. Turner had an RBI single on a two-run lead off opener Shawn Armstrong (0-1).

Turner added a solo shot and Davis Schneider hit a two-point drive to make it 7-1 in the fifth.

Alexander, who did not pitch after July 2 last season because of a left side strain, allowed five runs and six hits in five innings.

Cavan Biggio hit an RBI single in a two-run seventh.

Trainers’ room

Blue Jays SS Bo Bichette was out late with neck spasms.

Following

Blue Jays: RHP Bowden Francis (0-0) will face Houston RHP Ronel Blanco (0-0) Monday night as the Blue Jays continue their season-opening 10-game road trip.

Rays: RHP Ryan Pepiot (0-0), acquired in a trade that sent Tampa Bay ace Tyler Glasnow to the Los Angeles Dodgers in December, makes his Rays debut Monday night against Texas RHP Dane Dunning ( 0-0). The Rangers topped Tampa Bay 11-1 in sweeping a two-game Wild Card series en route to the 2023 title.

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