Blue Jays flounder again in 7-1 loss to Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Another loss, another player on the Blue Jays’ disabled list.
Thursday’s 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays pretty much summed up Toronto’s 2-8 road trip.
Matt Moore pitched six sharp innings for the Rays, who completed a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays. Third baseman Brett Lawrie went on Toronto’s disabled list earlier Thursday, joining outfielder Jose Bautista, first baseman Adam Lind and catcher J.P. Arencibia.
“It’s not a good feeling for anybody,” said first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, whose error opened a decisive three-run inning for the Rays. “It’s hard to have four players hurt like we do. It’s not easy for the team, but we can’t control that. We have to do the best we can do on the field.”
The Jays didn’t help themselves Thursday with only three hits and a couple of sloppy errors.
The most costly error was on Encarnacion, who couldn’t handle an easy ground ball hit by Ben Zobrist leading off the Tampa Bay second inning.
“Then you get another error (on left-fielder Rajai Davis) on a fly ball that should be caught,” said manager John Farrell. “We have to find a way to manufacture runs and we have to find ways to execute and put up a better performance than we’ve done on this road trip.”
The Blue Jays, who lost their 16th straight series at Tropicana Field, have lost 15 of their last 19 games overall.
“We’re catching Toronto at the right time,” acknowledged Rays manager Joe Maddon. “Toronto’s got a lot of banged-up folks right now and we’ve gone through that ourselves.”
Davis opened the game with a double and scored Toronto’s only run on the first balk of Moore’s career. But after Moises Sierra led off the second inning with a single, Moore (9-7) retired 14 straight Jays. He left the game after six innings with a 6-1 lead.
Henderson Alvarez downplayed the significance of the error, but it started a big inning for the Rays. Two walks and singles by Jeff Keppinger and Jose Lobaton led to a three-run inning and two of the runs were unearned.
Alvarez (7-9) gave up 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Yankees 4, Tigers 3: At Detroit, Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning to put New York ahead. Rafael Soriano escaped a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.
Clay Rapada (3-0) got the last two outs with one on in the seventh inning.
Mets 6, Marlins 1: At New York, R.A. Dickey pitched a complete game for his 15th win, stopping Jose Reyes’ 26-game hitting streak and helping the New York end its nine-game home losing skid.
Dickey (15-3) gave up five hits, struck out 10 and walked none.
Diamondbacks 6, Pirates 3: At Pittsburgh, Jason Kubel homered twice, Joe Saunders pitched seven effective innings to lead Arizona.
Both of Kubel’s home runs immediately followed hits by Aaron Hill. Wil Nieves also hit a two-run homer in his Diamondbacks debut.
Cardinals 3, Giants 1: At St. Louis, Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings and St. Louis bounced back from a blowout to beat San Francisco.
Carlos Beltran hit his 27th homer as the Cardinals, trounced by the Giants 15-0 the previous night. St. Louis has won seven of its last 10.
Nationals 5, Astros 0: Michael Morse homered twice and Jordan Zimmermann matched his career high with 11 strikeouts as Washington completed a four-game sweep.
Morse drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to a career-best 18 games, the longest active streak in the majors after Miami’s Jose Reyes was stopped at 26 games earlier in the day.
Zimmermann (9-6) pitched six innings of three-hit ball before Michael Gonzalez, Sean Burnett and Drew Storen completed the five-hitter, Washington’s seventh shutout this season.
The NL East-leading Nationals have won six straight and own baseball’s best record at 69-43.
Cubs 5, Reds 3: Alfonso Soriano hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and Chicago snapped an eight-game losing streak on a rain-soaked night.
With the score tied at 3, Reds reliever Sean Marshall (4-4) walked Anthony Rizzo. Just as the skies cleared up, Soriano cracked a two-run shot to centre field off Logan Ondrusek.
Shawn Camp (3-5) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Carlos Marmol worked the ninth for his 14th save in 16 chances.
Todd Frazier and Zack Cozart homered for Cincinnati after the start was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 20 minutes. The NL Central leaders lost their fifth straight but remained 2 1 / 2 games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh.