TORONTO — Forget the kind words, and the potential for mind games, being volleyed between Rays manager Kevin Cash and Blue Jays counterpart Charlie Montoyo, the former coach on his staff, before their first regular-season meeting.Friday quickly evolved into real drama. First about baseballs soaring through the air, then the Rays hanging on to avoid a, well, Lightning-like collapse in what ended up an 11-7 victory in a game they led 8-0 in the seventh inning."Obviously things went our way really, really well minus that (seventh) inning, but impressed with the resolve of the club, realizing we need to separate the game a little bit more, give our pitchers a little cushion,'' Cash said. "The offense came right back and answered, that was really encouraging to see."There were a lot of decisions, a lot of thoughts in that game but ultimately to me the best thing was they put all kinds of pressure on us, probably more than we would have liked, and we found a way to separate there in the end.''First, the impressive.Specifically the balls blasted into the Rogers Centre upper deck by Austin Meadows and Brandon Lowe, who both had two-homer games. Consider this is Toronto’s 31st season of play at the retractable roof stadium and there had been only 20 home runs hit into what is known as the 500 level.And only three by left-handed hitters: Carlos Delgado (1998), Shawn Green (1999), Alex Dickerson (2016).Before Friday, there had never been two hit into the upper deck in the same game, much less the same inning, or off the same pitcher (Trent Thornton, if you’re keeping track, because he probably isn’t). And then four batters and 12 pitches apart, they both put one up there, and both in the fourth row.“They got ’em,” Cash said. "They were fighting over which one went farther, which was pretty entertaining. ... That was pretty impressive.''Meadows said he took a peek as he rounded first. “That was pretty cool,'' he said.Lowe was impressed to join the likes of noted sluggers Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Manny Ramirez and Delgado in accomplishing such a rare feat. "That’s kind of nuts,'' he said. "And pretty cool.''Now, the concerning.The Rays built a 5-0 lead by the third and extended it to 8-0 in the seventh.But Yonny Chirinos, who had looked so good in two starts, made a mess in his third inning of work coming out of the bullpen. He started bad and it got worse, allowing a walk, a single, then consecutive run-scoring doubles then, after an out, an RBI single and a two-run homer to No. 9-hitting ex-Ray Luke Maile.Chirinos said he didn’t do anything different, saying through team translator Manny Navarro, "In my opinion, I didn’t change much. I just did what I normally do. Sometimes in this game things don’t go your way.'' He did acknowledge that coming out of the bullpen was different, but something he couldn’t control and had to deal with.Cash said Chirinos "just got out of whack for whatever reason,'' but insisted the bigger takeaway was that they were willing to give him the chance to work out of the trouble he was in. "We had all the confidence in the world for him to get through it,'' he said. "It didn’t happen, but hopefully he takes it as a boost of confidence. ... He’d been so sharp and so good for us all season up until that point I think he’s earned himself the opportunity to navigate through it.''With the 8-0 lead now 8-6, Montoyo’s Blue Jays kept challenging in the eighth.A leadoff walk and a one-out single allowed by Diego Castillo and an error by first baseman Ji-Man Choi on a bouncing grounder cut the lead to 8-7. With runners on third and second with two out, Castillo fell behind Alen Hanson 2-and-0 and the Rays put him on to bring up Maile with the bases loaded.Castillo fell behind him 3-0 but fought back with three straight off-speed pitches to strike him out looking and keep it there."I was thinking just throw it in the strike zone, and if he hits it he hits it,'' Castillo said through Navarro. "Just attack the strike zone.''The Rays regained some breathing room in the ninth with three runs. Avisail Garcia, who had three hits including a 115.5 mph single earlier, doubled, moved up on a bunt by Guillermo Heredia, who came in when Cash took out Kevin Kiermaier in the seventh with the big lead, and scored when Mike Zunino dropped in a blooper behind first. Willy Adames followed with a two-run homer."I think it speaks a lot to who we are as a team,'' Lowe said.There was some other excitement along the way as the Rays extended what is now their franchise-best start to 11-3.With Ryne Stanek starting as the opener, Montoyo dropped a couple of hitters down in his lineup, an effort to get whichever pitcher working the bulk of the innings to still have to face Jays batters three times.But with his bullpen rested after Thursday’s off-day and with Blake Snell scheduled for Saturday’s start, Cash had multiple options and showed them, having both Chirinos and lefty Ryan Yarbrough warming up in the second. Montoyo noticed and playfully gestured toward the Rays dugout. Stanek finished the second, so it didn’t matter at the time.And Cash actually used both, Yarbrough for two innings, then Chirinos for three, which proved to be one too many.Before Chirinos came in the Rays were working on a perfect game, as Stanek and Yarbrough teamed to retire the first 12 Jays, but a leadoff walk, then a two-out single ended any chance at more history.Also worth a moment or two of pause were two Rays, Adames and Garcia, being hit by pitches.Meadows, who has had quite a week, started with a leadoff homer.The Rays added four in the third. Meadows hit the first ball into the upper deck, marking his first multihomer game, and giving him four in the last three games, and six total. It was seemingly conservatively estimated by StatCast at 436 feet with an exit velocity of 110 mph and a 31 degree angle.With two outs, Lowe, whose listed 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds seem excessive, hit the ball to nearly the same spot in the 500 level, also estimated at 436 feet and with a 31 degree angle, though at 114 mph.Cash talked pregame about how smart Montoyo — who spent four years on his coaching staff and 18 before that managing in the Tampa Bay minor-league system — is, how much he learned from him and how deserving he was of the opportunity to manage.Montoyo raved about how close he is to Cash and the rest of the Rays, and how much they meant to him.If Friday is a sample of what the games between their teams will be like, buckle up."That’s not ideal,'' Cash said. Contact Marc Topkin at email@example.com . Follow @TBTimes_Rays.