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DeLuca hits go-ahead HR in eighth as Rays rally to beat Blue Jays 5-4 for 11th win in 15

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DeLuca hits go-ahead HR in eighth as Rays rally to beat Blue Jays 5-4 for 11th win in 15
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DeLuca hits go-ahead HR in eighth as Rays rally to beat Blue Jays 5-4 for 11th win in 15

2024-05-19 06:02 Last Updated At:06:51

TORONTO (AP) — Jonny DeLuca hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday for their 11th win in 15 games.

Yandy Díaz reached base five times and Amed Rosario hit a two-run single for the Rays, who have won four of five series.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Davis Schneider (36) celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) after scoring on a two-run double hit by Daulton Varsho, not shown, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Jonny DeLuca hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday for their 11th win in 15 games.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, right, celebrates as he walks off the mound at the end of the top of fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, right, celebrates as he walks off the mound at the end of the top of fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny DeLuca (21) keeps his eye on the ball as he hits it foul during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny DeLuca (21) keeps his eye on the ball as he hits it foul during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho (25) hits a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho (25) hits a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) returns to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the sixth inning of a baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) returns to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the sixth inning of a baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Zach Eflin (24) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Zach Eflin (24) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) dives to slide safe into second base for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) dives to slide safe into second base for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Erasmo Ramírez (3-0) worked one inning for the win, Jason Adam pitched the eighth and Garrett Cleavinger finished for his third save in three chances.

Four of Tampa Bay’s past six games have been decided by a single run. The others were two-run decisions.

Isaac Paredes singled off right-hander Nate Pearson (0-1) to begin the eighth with Tampa Bay trailing 4-3. DeLuca followed with a drive that bounced off the top of the wall in left field and went out, his second home run.

Rosario singled and José Caballero walked before Pearson was replaced by right-hander Trevor Richards, who escaped the jam without allowing another run.

Toronto (19-25) has lost four of five. Before the game, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said his struggling team can’t wait too long to get back to .500 and rejoin the postseason race.

“We believe in this talent, we believe there is time left, but there is a massive sense of urgency and we need to get it turned around soon,” Atkins said.

Toronto began the day second to last in the majors with 155 runs in 43 games. Only the Chicago White Sox (130) had scored fewer.

The Blue Jays dropped struggling outfielder George Springer from the leadoff spot to sixth and put Davis Schneider at the top of the order.

A four-time All Star and the MVP of the 2017 World Series, Springer came in batting .196 with three home runs and six RBIs. He opened the scoring with a two-out RBI single in the fourth.

Toronto added three more in the fifth. Daulton Varsho hit a two-run double and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed with an RBI single.

The Rays chased Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman with a three-run sixth. Rosario drove in two with a bases-loaded single and Caballero’s base hit capped the rally.

Gausman allowed three runs and eight hits. He walked one and struck out six.

Rays right-hander Zach Eflin allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out three.

RAYS TRADE

Tampa Bay acquired LHP Richard Lovelady from the Cubs in exchange for minor league LHP Jeff Belge. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Rays transferred RHP Jacob Waguespack (right shoulder) to the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

RHP Alek Manoah (0-1, 4.91) is scheduled to make his third start of the season as Toronto tries to avoid its first sweep in Sunday’s series finale. RHP Aaron Civale (2-3, 5.83) is scheduled for the Rays.

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Toronto Blue Jays' Davis Schneider (36) celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) after scoring on a two-run double hit by Daulton Varsho, not shown, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Davis Schneider (36) celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) after scoring on a two-run double hit by Daulton Varsho, not shown, during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, right, celebrates as he walks off the mound at the end of the top of fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman, right, celebrates as he walks off the mound at the end of the top of fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny DeLuca (21) keeps his eye on the ball as he hits it foul during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays' Jonny DeLuca (21) keeps his eye on the ball as he hits it foul during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho (25) hits a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Daulton Varsho (25) hits a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) returns to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the sixth inning of a baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) returns to the dugout after being pulled from the mound during the sixth inning of a baseball action against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Zach Eflin (24) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Zach Eflin (24) works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Saturday, May 18, 2024. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) dives to slide safe into second base for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) dives to slide safe into second base for a double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, May 18, 2024, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A tightly contested race in Virginia between one of America's most conservative congressmen and a challenger endorsed by former President Donald Trump is too close to call, The Associated Press said Monday.

The AP issued an advisory saying that the margin separating U.S. Rep. Bob Good and state Sen. John McGuire is likely to remain within a margin of a single percentage point. That means the race is eligible for a recount under state law.

Good, who currently trails by more than 300 votes out of nearly 63,000 cast, has said he will seek a recount if the state electoral board certifies McGuire as the winner.

McGuire’s lead has actually grown slightly since early Wednesday morning.

Good on Monday also told former Trump adviser and right-wing podcaster Steve Bannon that he will be pursuing a legal challenge to block the certification of the count in the city of Lynchburg, the largest city in the 5th Congressional District and a Good stronghold.

“Lynchburg is the big key. That can’t be certified. There’s no confidence in Lynchburg’s results,” Good said.

Good and others have claimed that the city botched the vote count by accepting ballots from a drop box after election night.

In a statement Monday, the city registrar acknowledged a procedural error but said fewer than 10 ballots, if any, were affected.

The statement from the registrar’s office says the drop box, located inside the registrar’s office, was emptied out just before 1 p.m. on Election Day. But the box was not emptied again until Friday, June 21. Seven ballots were inside.

The registrar’s statement says staffers in the registrar’s office saw multiple ballots dropped off legally in the afternoon on Election Day but did not see any ballots placed in the box after that.

Those seven ballots have since been mixed in with another batch of ballots, and the registrar has said counting has been placed on hold while they consult with the Virginia Department of Elections on what to do next.

The State Department of Elections did not respond to an email Monday seeking comment.

McGuire, who claimed victory on election night, issued a statement Monday thanking Good for his service and suggesting that a recount or a legal challenge would be pointless and divisive.

“While I understand the desire to continue the fight, the outcome of this election will not change,” he said.

Both Good and McGuire are among Republicans who have raised concerns about election integrity in the wake of Trump’s false claims of voter fraud in his 2020 reelection defeat. Good was among more than 100 GOP House members who voted in January 2021 to object to the Electoral College count from states that Trump disputed.

In an election eve telephone rally with Trump last week, McGuire urged supporters to deliver him a margin of victory “too big to rig.”

If Good loses, he would be the first House incumbent to lose a primary challenge this year, with the exception of one race in which two incumbents faced off due to redistricting.

FILE - Rep. Bob Good, left, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, greets family members at a watch party in Lynchburg, Va.,, June 18, 2024. On Monday, June 24, 2024, The Associated Press said the race between Good and Sen. John McGuire was still too close to call. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley, File)

FILE - Rep. Bob Good, left, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, greets family members at a watch party in Lynchburg, Va.,, June 18, 2024. On Monday, June 24, 2024, The Associated Press said the race between Good and Sen. John McGuire was still too close to call. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley, File)

FILE - Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary in the state's 5th Congressional District, joins supporters, June 18, 2024, in Lynchburg, Va. On Monday, June 24, 2024, The Associated Press said the race between McGuire and Rep. Bob Good was still too close to call. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland, File)

FILE - Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary in the state's 5th Congressional District, joins supporters, June 18, 2024, in Lynchburg, Va. On Monday, June 24, 2024, The Associated Press said the race between McGuire and Rep. Bob Good was still too close to call. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland, File)

Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary in the state's 5th Congressional District, joins supporters Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Lynchburg, Va. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)

Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary in the state's 5th Congressional District, joins supporters Tuesday, June 18, 2024, in Lynchburg, Va. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)

Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, speaks to supporters in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)

Virginia state Sen. John McGuire, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, speaks to supporters in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/Skip Rowland)

Supporter Phil Hamilton places campaign signs for Rep. Bob Good, a candidate in the Republican primary for the Virginia's 5th Congressional District, along Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley)

Supporter Phil Hamilton places campaign signs for Rep. Bob Good, a candidate in the Republican primary for the Virginia's 5th Congressional District, along Timberlake Road in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley)

Rep. Bob Good, left, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, greets family members at a watch party in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley)

Rep. Bob Good, left, a candidate in the Republican primary for the state's 5th Congressional District, greets family members at a watch party in Lynchburg, Va., Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (AP Photo/P. Kevin Morley)

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