Bounces Go Rays Way In 5-3 Victory
The Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 to extend their home winning streak to six.
Jake Faria (3-1, 4.15 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to 15-16 on the season. The win guarantees the Rays the series victory over Toronto. They have now won five of their last six series overall after dropping four of their first five. Tampa Bay is 11-3 over their last 14 games. Alex Colome recorded the last five out to pick up his fifth save.
Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.14 ERA) takes the loss for the Blue Jays who fall to 18-16 on the season. They are 3-4 on their eight game road trip and 6-10 versus AL East teams.
The Rays never trailed jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first and extended their lead with a single tally in the third. The Jays cut the lead in half with a run in the top of the fourth but the Rays answered with two in their half of the frame.
Slow Playing It:
Sergio Romo came on to nurse a 4-1 lead. He retired just one batter yielding a solo homer, a double, and a RBI single as the Jays cut the Rays lead to 4-3. Kyle Snyder went out and had a long talk with Romo. Home plate umpire CB Bucknor broke the visit up. Catcher Wilson Ramos walked slowly back to the plate. When he was back in position, Kevin Cash popped out of the dugout and made the call to the bullpen.
Alex Colome came in and got Josh Donaldson to ground out to second and struck out Yangervis Solarte to end the inning. Cash was going to get Colome into the game to face Donaldson no matter what. “Somehow, if we had to make nine visits. Had every infielder go over there and throw out every ball.”
Faria’s Solid Start:
Faria worked 5.1-innings allowing one run on three hits while striking out four and walking one. He threw 73 pitches with 46 for strikes.
Rays Score Without A Hit:
The Rays jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and they did it without a base hit. With 2-out and the bases empty Matt Duffy and Brad Miller drew walks off Aaron Sanchez. Wilson Ramos sent a ground ball to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. who was unable to field it cleanly allowing Duffy to scamper in from second.
Ramos Extends Streak To Extend Rays Lead:
In the bottom of the third, Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games delivering a RBI single to score Brad Miller in the second inning. The RBI was his 16th of the season and extended the Rays lead to 2-0. His hitting streak is the longest in the American League and third longest in his career.
Rays Get A Pair In Fourth:
Teoscar Hernandez homered to lead off the fourth, but the Rays responded with a pair of runs to extend their lead to 4-1 in their half of the inning.
Mallex Smith singled to lead off, moved to second on a Johnny Field groundout and scored on a RBI single by Denard Span. Span stole second, advanced to third on a Gurriel Jr. error and scored on a Matt Duffy delivered a sacrifice fly.
Roe Gets Pitchers Best Friend:
Dalton Pompey and Aledmys Diaz delivered back-to-back singles to open the sixth. Jake Faria struck out Teoscar Hernandez before departing. Chaz Roe came on to face the dangerous Josh Donaldson. Roe got Donaldson to hit a groundball to second baseman Joey Wendle who was positioned behind second base. Wendle fielded the ball, stepped on second, and then threw to first to complete the inning ending double play.
Romo’s Struggles Continue:
Sergio Romo entered the game in the eighth inning to protect a 4-1 lead. He allowed a solo homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Almedys Diaz followed with a double and Teoscar Hernandez with an RBI single. Alex Colome came in and retired Josh Donaldson on a ground ball to second and struck out Yangervis Solarte to end the inning..,l
Romo has now pitched to an 10.81 ERA (8-ER/6.2-IP) over his last eight appearances compared to a 1.69 ERA (1-ER/5.1-IP) over his first six appearances.
Rays Respond To Jays Again:
The Jays narrowed the gap to 4-3 with their two runs in the top of the eighth, but the Rays responded with a run in their half of the inning. Mallex Smith led off the inning with a ground rules double. He advanced to third on Johnny Fields sacrifice bunt. Field himself reached base as Russell Martin was unable to field the bunt cleanly. C.J. Cron brought Smith home with a sacrifice fly to extend the Rays lead to 5-3.
Up Next For Rays:
The Rays have a chance to return to .500 tomorrow afternoon. “I don’t think anybody’s settled, but we have to there first.” Cash said. “I think we’ve been close a couple of times, but obviously we want to win tomorrow and keep it going.”
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