Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) – Jake Odorizzi tossed eight solid innings and
the Tampa Bay Rays beat Toronto 2-1 on Monday to spoil the Blue Jays’ home
Odorizzi (2-0), who took a no-hitter into the fifth, gave up one run on two
hits while striking out three and walking three. Brad Boxberger tossed a
scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.
David DeJesus and Steven Souza Jr. each walked with the bases loaded in the
fourth for the Rays, who have won three in a row.
Devon Travis drove in the lone run for the Blue Jays. R.A. Dickey (0-1)
allowed two runs on three hits to go along with six strikeouts and five walks
over six innings.
It was the opener of a four-game series between the American League East clubs
and part of a 10-game homestand for the Blue Jays.
The Rays broke a scoreless tie with a two-run fourth. Desmond Jennings and
Allan Dykstra hit consecutive singles to start the frame. Dickey retired the
next two batters before issuing three straight walks to Tim Beckham, DeJesus
and Souza. Asdrubal Cabrera flied out to end the inning.
Meanwhile, Odorizzi retired 12 straight batters before giving up a two-out
double to Kevin Pillar in the fifth. Pillar then crossed the plate on Travis’
single to right.
Jose Bautista walked to begin the bottom of the ninth but was thrown out
trying to steal second as Edwin Encarnacion struck out swinging on a full-
count pitch. Josh Donaldson flied out to the warning track in right for the
Dykstra’s single in the fourth was his first major league hit … The Blue
Jays have lost four straight home openers for the first time in club history.