Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe each hit deep homers as Rays beat Jays

Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe made home run history at Toronto with two nearly identical blasts.

Meadows and Lowe each hit two homers, becoming the first teammates to hit upper-deck shots at Rogers Centre in the same game, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 11-7 on Friday night.

Both upper-level drives measured 436 feet.

“I felt like that’s about as far as I can hit it, honestly,” Meadows said.

Said Lowe: “I think we’ll be pretty happy with 436 for both of us. I’m sure neither of us will be upset.”

Both long balls landed in the first few rows of the fifth deck in right field.

“They were fighting over which one went farther, which was pretty entertaining,” Rays manager Kevin Cash, whose team won its fifth straight, said.

Meadows has homered in three straight games. He and Avisail Garcia each had three hits as the Rays finished with a season-high 16.

Astros 10, Mariners 6: Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel each homered and drove in four runs for visiting Houston.

Cubs 5, Angels 1: Willson Contreras homered twice on a blustery day at Wrigley Field to help Cole Hamels and Chicago stop Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak. Anthony Rizzo and David Bote also also homered for the Cubs.

White Sox 9, Yankees 6: Eloy Jimenez hit his first two major-league homers, including a tie-breaking shot in the fifth inning, and visiting Chicago ended a five-game skid by winning a rain-shortened game.

Pirates 6, Nationals 3: Colin Moran had a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 10th inning and visiting Pittsburgh scored five runs off a struggling bullpen to win.

Red Sox 6, Orioles 4: Gold Glove center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made two key catches and host Boston beat Baltimore, giving the World Series champions their first two-game winning streak of the season. Baltimore’s Chris Davis extended his record hitless streak for a position player to 54 at-bats.

Phillies 9, Marlins 1: Jake Arrieta allowed one run in seven innings to earn his 100th career victory and visiting Philadelphia sent Miami to its fifth consecutive loss.

Mets 6, Braves 2: Brandon Nimmo hit a two-run homer, Jeff McNeil added a two-run double and visiting New York beat Atlanta.

Royals 8, Indians 1: Alex Gordon homered, doubled twice and singled as host Kansas City stopped a 10-game losing streak.

Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1: Manny Machado homered and Chris Paddack limited host Arizona to three hits over 5 ⅓ innings for San Diego.

Briefly: Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez was placed on the injured list because of a strained left calf. Meanwhile, Yankees right-handed reliever Dellin Betances will get a cortisone shot in his right shoulder Saturday, which will keep him out another 6 to 7 weeks…. The Cubs placed backup catcher Victor Caratini on IL because of a broken hamate bone in his left hand, an injury that will sideline him for at least four weeks. … Angels center fielder Mike Trout has been ruled out for the team’s weekend series against the Cubs because of a groin strain.

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