Dioner Navarro opened the ninth with a single and Pillar sprinted
around after pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo (1-1) threw the ball down
the right-field line on Anthony Gose’s bunt single. Jose Reyes
collected three hits and scored a run, Edwin Encarnacion knocked in
two and Aaron Loup (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.
Wil Myers belted a two-run homer and Matt Joyce added a pair of
doubles as the Rays lost for the seventh time in their last 11
games. Tampa Bay managed only four hits off four Toronto pitchers.
Reyes and Jose Bautista singled and both came home on Encarnacion’s
one-out single to right field for a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Rays answered in the second when Joyce doubled off the
center-field wall and trotted home when Myers hit a line drive over
the left-field wall to tie it 2-2.
Toronto starter Liam Hendriks allowed two runs on only three hits
over six innings with five strikeouts in his second major-league
start this season. Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer yielded two runs and
scattered six hits in the first six frames while striking out seven
and throwing 100 pitches.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: The Rays placed C Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled
list with a right hamstring strain and recalled OF Kevin Kiermaier
from Triple-A Durham. … Hendriks was helped out with leaping catches
against the wall by CF Gose in the third inning and LF Melky Cabrera
in the sixth that took away extra-base hits. … The Blue Jays’ streak
of 10 games with at least one homer came to an end.
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