Even though he played with a lower back tightness, Randal Grichuk hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4.
"He deserves all the credit for starting the game and trying to play, and then we had to take him out because it got really tight after that," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "He started the game with his back hurting a little bit but he said, `I want to play it's a big game."'
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also homered for the Blue Jays, and Thomas Hatch (2-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win. Jordan Romano worked the ninth for his second save.
"Honestly I feel like today was the biggest win of the year," Montoyo said. "I might be saying that for every game the rest of the year. But against that team ... to go 2-2 ... that's why I felt like today was the biggest win of the year.
The Blue Jays are set to start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. Toronto's RHP Chase Anderson (0-0) is expected to go against Boston LHP Kyle Hart to open the series in Western New York.
Both RHP for Toronto Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton were placed on the 10-day IL for a lat strain and right elbow inflammation respectively.