Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Tampa Bay Rays

But with Snell out of the game in the seventh inning, the Blue Jays (5-10) pounced on reliever Chaz Roe.

"Quinn (Wolcott)'s a good umpire, those things happen", Maile said. "For a player that has played as much as he has, as much success as he's had, now it's about getting built up and getting into really just regular-season form and being hopefully ready to make a debut at some point soon". "If you don't stay on his fastball, good luck".

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in a pair of late runs as Toronto bounced back from a 1-0 deficit to spoil a stellar outing from reigning American League Cy Young victor Blake Snell, who pitched six innings of one-hit ball with nine strikeouts and a walk. Teoscar Hernandez singled home Luke Maile for some insurance in the ninth and closer Ken Giles preserved the victory for Toronto, which gives the ball to Marcus Stroman (0-2) on Sunday while the Rays counter with Charlie Morton (2-0) to close out the three-game set. The Jays have been held hitless through three innings nine times already - albeit Saturday the Jays were facing last season's American League Cy Young victor in Snell.

Though disappointed at being pulled after just 82 pitches, having pitched last Monday in Chicago, the right-hander said he has nothing but confidence in his team's coaching staff.

"They hit a lot of balls hard and I suffered from that", Thornton said. I had thrown it at 85-90 percent rather than 100-110. "It's all about longevity and that's kind of why that move was made".

The AL East leading Rays are now 10-3 on the season.

In some ways, Snell's brilliance on the mound is becoming somewhat routine to the rest of his teammates.

Returning home after a 1-5 trip, the Blue Jays did not register their initial hit Friday until the fifth inning. The Rays jumped out to a huge lead against Toronto, piling on runs in the early going. So, I used a little bit of what I grasped a year ago in Arizona. "When it doesn't go like that, it's weird".

The right-hander said he's learned to moderate his intensity since his last start in the majors, when he was with Arizona last September. He did not allow the Rays to score in the first inning. That also brought an end to their streak of holding a lead at the end of 45 consecutive innings, the longest such streak for an American League club since Baltimore did so for 55 straight innings in 1983, according to STATS LLC.

The Rays have won their first four series of the season, while the best the Blue Jays have done is split a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers and split two games with the Boston Red Sox.

Blue Jays: To make way for Buchholz on the roster, the team optioned INF Richard Urena to Triple-A Buffalo following Friday's loss to Tampa. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against the Blue Jays.

Pham drove in the Rays' sixth run with a base hit off Sam Gaviglio in the sixth, extending his franchise-record on-base streak to 46 games. The former Arkansas standout tossed a total of three innings in those appearances, striking out three without allowing a hit or a run.