Dropping one spot in the lineup did wonders for Corey Koskie.
The Blue Jays’ third baseman hopes to continue hitting his way out of a slump when Toronto tries to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Koskie was mired in a 2-for-25 slide before Wednesday’s 8-2 win over the Devil Rays. He went 3-for-4 with two runs scored after Blue Jays manager John Gibbons dropped him out of the cleanup slot for the first time this season.
Koskie, signed away from Minnesota in the offseason, had made all 20 of his starts from the fourth spot, but was moved down to No. 5, behind the team’s leading hitter, Shea Hillenbrand.
Toronto has won 11 of its last 14 home meetings with Tampa Bay. Alex Rios tripled twice and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who gave Gibbons a two-year contract extension earlier in the day.
Toronto has won two straight following a five-game losing streak, moving it back to .500.
Tampa Bay, which has dropped three straight after a three-game winning streak, is hoping Doug Waechter can stop the skid with his first victory of the season.
The right-hander allowed five runs and 10 hits over five innings, but did not receive a decision as the Devil Rays rallied for a 6-5 win.
Waechter is 2-1 with a 6.27 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.