“I think just mistakes in the middle,” Schneider said. “It looked like they were kind of hunting pitches. Didn’t get away with any mistakes today.”
Kikuchi had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in six previous games against the Rays.
The Rays selected from Triple-A Durham former New York Yankees reliever Ben Heller, who last pitched in the majors on Sept. 4, 2020.
“There’s been a lot of times in the last three years that I doubted if I’ve ever get another chance,” said Heller, who has been limited to 23 minor league games since a right elbow stress fracture in 2021. “Been getting a little emotional thinking about it.”
Rays: 1B Yandy Díaz is away addressing a family matter. … 2B Brandon Lowe (stiff neck) should start Thursday after being out of the lineup two days.
Toronto RHP Alek Manoah (1-4) and Rays RHP Zach Eflin (6-1) are set to start Thursday.