Snell picks up MLB-leading 21st win as Rays top Blue Jays
Blake Snell came out on top of a pitchers duel against Ryan Borucki, winning his MLB-leading 21st game as the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Sunday.
Snell shut out the Jays (71-85), limiting them to three hits and two walks over 6 2/3 innings of work and had 11 strikeouts.
Fellow lefty Borucki gave up two runs, three hits and four walks across seven innings while striking out seven. The 24-year-old picked up his 11th quality outing in his 15th start but dropped to 4-5.
The 25-year-old Snell was replaced by right-hander Chaz Roe in the seventh for one out. Andrew Kittredge gave up two earned runs in 2/3 of an inning, Ryan Stanek came in for an out to close out the eighth and Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save.
Bullpen squanders Borucki's strong start
Joe Biagini spelled Borucki in the eighth, giving up a solo home run in 2/3 of an inning. Jose Fernandez gave up two earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. David Paulino pitched a perfect ninth for the Blue Jays
C.J. Cron was 2 for 4 with solo home run and an RBI double, Brandon Lowe hit a two-run shot and Joey Wendle added an RBI double to provide the scoring for the Rays (87-68).
Aldemys Diaz was 1 for 4 with an RBI single and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 0 for 4 with an RBI ground out as the Jays picked up two late runs.
Borucki cruised until the fourth inning when he ran into some trouble.
After giving up a lead single to Tommy Pham, the left-fielder stole second and advanced into scoring position on a fly out by Cron.
Wendel proceeded to rip a double up the right-field line with two out, plating Pham to score the first run of the game.
Borucki managed to limit the damage by inducing a ground out from Lowe.
The Rays picked up their second run in the sixth frame.
Borucki walked Pham with one out and sacrifice bunt by Matt Duffy allowed him to advance to second. Cron then slapped a ground-rule double to right field to score Pham.
After Borucki got the hook in eighth, Cron connected on a solo jack to left-centre field to extend Tampa's lead to 3-0.
Lowe tacked on another two runs, hitting a two-run blast off Fernandez, who replaced Biagini.
Too little, too late
Toronto manufactured some offence in the eighth to bring some life back into the 23,944 fans in attendance.
The Jays put a man on third and second after back-to-back singles by Jansen and Richard Urena off Kittredge. Gurriel then cached a run with a grounder and Diaz proceeded to bring home Urena on a sharp single to left field to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Jays also made some noise in the third.
Toronto's rookie catcher Danny Jansen smacked a single just inside the left-field line, but was out on a tag at second. Urena then sent laser into centre field but Kevin Kiermaier made a sliding grab for the out.
Kiermaier also made a leaping grab against the scoreboard in right field on a deep drive by the Jays' Randal Grichuk in the fourth.