TORONTO –On an offensive tear for a lot of the month, the scorching Toronto offence was lastly cooled Tuesday night time.
Ji-Man Choi and Brandon Lowe hit solo homers and 5 Tampa Bay pitchers mixed on a three-hit shutout because the Rays blanked the Blue Jays 2-0 to finish their four-game profitable streak. Rays starter Drew Rasmussen (3-1) threw 5 strong innings forward of a aid crew that allowed only one hit.
“Their pitching did a fantastic job to cease a sizzling offence,” mentioned Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo.
The Blue Jays scored a whopping 52 runs over their streak, together with an 8-1 rout of Tampa Bay within the sequence opener an evening earlier at Rogers Centre. However the AL East-leading Rays rebounded properly and didn’t let the Blue Jays put a rally collectively.
Andrew Kittredge labored a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. It was Toronto’s second loss in its final 14 video games.
“That’s why these two golf equipment are enjoying nicely, (it’s) due to pitching and defence,” Montoyo mentioned.
Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios (11-8) was the hard-luck loser, giving up 4 hits and one earned run over seven innings.
He didn’t return for the eighth in a precautionary transfer. Berrios felt some belly tightness in his left aspect, Montoyo mentioned, including there have been no plans for imaging work.
Toronto (81-64) entered play holding the primary American League wild-card spot, one sport up on the New York Yankees and Boston Pink Sox. The AL East Division-leading Rays (90-55), in the meantime, reached the 90-win plateau for the eighth time in 14 seasons.
Choi’s tenth homer of the season — a second-inning blast off the going through of the stadium’s 200 stage — gave Tampa an early lead. Some good Toronto defence prevented a second run from coming throughout within the body.
With Randy Arozarena on third base with two out, shortstop Bo Bichette made a diving stab on a tough grounder and his fast launch on the throw helped get Manuel Margot by a half-step.
Margot supplied some defence of his personal within the third inning with a diving catch briefly centre area on Reese McGuire’s sinking liner.
The Blue Jays threatened within the fourth after George Springer led off with a double and Marcus Semien walked. Rasmussen responded by getting Toronto’s 3-4-5 hitters — Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez — so as.
Lowe offered an insurance coverage run within the eighth inning together with his thirty fourth homer of the season. He turned on a first-pitch slider from southpaw reliever Tim Mayza.
Rasmussen allowed two hits and a stroll and had three strikeouts. Pete Fairbanks, JT Chargois, David Robertson and Kittredge labored an inning apiece for the Rays, who earned their second victory in six video games.
“We smoked so many balls tonight however their defence was good the place they wanted to be,” mentioned McGuire. “So credit score to them for positioning.”
Tampa Bay outhit Toronto 6-3 and neither group made an error. The rubber match within the three-game sequence is about for Wednesday afternoon.
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