Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Chris Archer recorded 11 strikeouts and Tim
Beckham had a pinch-hit, two-run homer as the Tampa Bay Rays topped the
Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday.
Archer (2-1) limited the Blue Jays to a pair of singles over seven scoreless
innings. He issued two walks and hit two batters, which led to Toronto to
Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria was drilled on the left hip by Marco
Estrada in the eighth and had to leave the game.
Things got real interesting in the bottom of the inning, as the Blue Jays
mounted a rally.
Steve Geltz relieved Archer and gave up a single and a walk before throwing
high and tight to Josh Donaldson.
Home plate umpire Laz Diaz said the 2-2 pitch hit Donaldson. Tampa Bay manager
Kevin Cash asked for a review, but the call stood. Cash came back out of the
dugout following the review and was ejected. It appeared Donaldson was clipped
on the finger by the pitch that knocked him down.
Kevin Jepsen replaced Geltz and inherited a bases-loaded situation with
Toronto’s 3-4 hitters due up. Jose Bautista hit a shallow fly ball to right
field and Edwin Encarnacion followed with a fly ball to center that scored a
Jepsen then retired pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro on a grounder to short to end
Brad Boxberger gave up an RBI double to Devon Travis in the ninth but was able
to get the final three outs for his fourth save of the season.
Kevin Kiermaier had two hits and scored two runs for the Rays, who took three
of four from the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre this week.
Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (0-2) was tagged for three runs on five hits over 5
1/3 innings. The 22-year-old right-hander struck out four and walked three in
the second start of his major league career.
Trouble brewed for Sanchez in the third inning when the Rays loaded the bases
with no outs. A run scored on a fielder’s choice, but the Tampa Bay threat
ended as Asdrubal Cabrera struck out and Steven Souza Jr. was thrown out
trying to steal second base.
Kiermaier led off the fifth with a ground-rule double and scored on a one-out
blooper by David DeJesus. The ball dropped in front of Kevin Pillar and
skipped past the Toronto left fielder for a double.
Longoria doubled to begin the sixth and advanced to third base on a groundout.
When Aaron Loup entered from the bullpen, Beckham pinch-hit for Allan Dykstra
and launched a line-drive shot down the left-field line.
Archer has allowed three earned runs or fewer in 15 consecutive road starts, a
new franchise record … Longoria hit his 230th career double, moving past Ben
Zobrist for the most in team history … Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes left
after the first inning with soreness in his left rib area … The Rays signed
catcher J.P. Arencibia to a minor league contract on Thursday.