Rays Improve To 13-2 Over Past 15 Games
The Tampa Bay Rays scored three times in the seventh inning en route to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hunter Wood (1-1, 4.18 ERA) picks up the win for Tampa Bay who improve to 12 games over .500 at 75-63. Sergio Romo, working for the first time since August 25th, got the final two outs to pick up his 19th save on the season.
It’s the pitching staff’s 12th shutout of the season and third time they’ve done it to the Blue Jays.
It’s the Rays fourth straight win and they are 13-2 over their last 15 games. They have outscored the opposition 76-37 in that span.
Ryan Borucki (3-4, 4.39 ERA) takes the tough luck loss for Toronto who fall to 62-76 on the year.
Rays Get Breathing Room In Seventh:
Beeks worked 2.2-innings allowing one hit while striking out four and walking none. He took over for Hunter Wood who worked two scoreless innings after Ryne Stanek completed the opening duties in the first inning.
The momentum swing happened between the Jays half of the sixth and the Rays half of the seventh.
Beeks departed with a runner at second and one out in the sixth inning with the Rays holding a narrow 1-0 lead. Jose Alvarado entered and walked Justin Smoak before striking out Kendrys Morales to end the Blue Jays threat.
The Rays gave themselves some breathing room in the top of the seventh inning scoring three times.
Kevin Kiermaier was hit by a Ryan Borucki to lead off the inning. It would be the last batter Borucki would face as he was replaced by Jake Petricka. Brandon Lowe, pinch hitting for Carlos Gomez, advanced Kiermaier to second on a ground out. Ji-Man Choi, pinch hitting for Jesus Sucre, doubled past a diving Kevin Pillar. Tommy Pham‘s triple scored Choi and Pham came in on a Matt Duffy single.
Ryne Stanek made consecutive starts becoming the second Rays pitcher this season to pull the trick. He joins Sergio Romo who started back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Angels on May 18th and 19th. James Shields also started consecutive games for the Rays wrapped around the 2009 All-Star break.
Stanek becomes the first rookie in MLB to start back-to-back games since George Munger of the St. Louis Cardinals July 28th through 29th, 1943 versus the Philadelphia Phillies. He worked 0.1-innings in the first game and threw a complete game in the second.
Snell Picks Up Award:
Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell picked up the American League pitcher of the month for August. He is just the fourth Rays pitcher to take home the monthly award in franchise history (Chris Archer July 2013). In five starts, Snell went 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA (3-ER/26-IP) while striking out 34 and walking six. He held the opposition to a slash line of .131/.187/.250.
Rays Roster Moves:
Prior to the game, Tampa Bay reinstated Adam Moore from the restricted list (paperwork issue entering Canada) and activated Jake Faria from the taxi-squad. To make room for Moore on the 40-man roster, the Rays placed infielder Daniel Robertson on the 60-day disabled list.
Up Next For Rays:
Tampa Bay and Toronto will wrap up their three game series Wednesday night at 7:07. Tampa Bay sends Tyler Glasnow (1-4, 3.95 ERA) tot he mound. The Blue Jays counter with right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 5.22 ERA).