Estrada tosses gem as Blue Jays beat Archer, Rays 4-0
Jul. 19, 2015
TORONTO (AP) — Marco Estrada pitched eight shutout innings to outduel Chris Archer, Chris Colabello and Jose Bautista each hit two-run homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Sunday.
The Blue Jays snapped a streak of four straight series losses.
Estrada (7-5) allowed just two hits through the first seven innings, with both runners erased trying to steal.
The right-hander had retired 15 straight before Logan Forsythe's one-out single in the eighth. He ended his outing by striking out David DeJesus and Tim Beckham.
Estrada, who took a perfect game into the eighth inning of a June 24 start at Tampa Bay, has not allowed a run in 21 innings against the Rays this season. He walked none and struck out five to win back-to-back starts.
Roberto Osuna finished for the Blue Jays.
Archer (9-7) came in 3-0 with an 0.41 ERA in three starts against Toronto this season. The All-Star right-hander was seeking to hold the Blue Jays to one run or less for the fifth straight meeting, a streak that began last September.
After Bautista reached on an infield single in the first, Archer set down the next 11 batters before Toronto broke a scoreless tie in the fifth. Justin Smoak singled and Colabello followed with a two-run homer.
It was just the second homer Archer has allowed in seven career starts at Rogers Centre.
Archer, who is winless in four starts, allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings.
Bautista made it 4-0 by connecting off Brandon Gomes in the eighth.
James Loney opened the Rays second with a single but was thrown out trying to steal second as DeJesus struck out for an inning-ending double play.
In the third, Beckham led off with a double and advanced on Kevin Kiermaier's sacrifice. After Beckham didn't tag up on Rene Rivera's shallow fly to left, he was picked off third base by catcher Dioner Navarro to end the threat.
Rays: OF Steven Souza Jr. (right finger) went 1 for 3 as the DH in a rehab game with Class A Charlotte on Saturday night. He is scheduled to play seven innings in the outfield for Charlotte on Sunday and could rejoin the Rays Tuesday. ... SS Asdrubal Cabrera (right hamstring) is expected to resume baseball activities this week.
Rays: LHP Matt Moore (1-0, 7.07 ERA) makes his fourth start since returning from elbow surgery as Tampa Bay opens a three-game series at Philadelphia on Monday. Moore beat Houston in his previous start, his first victory since Sept. 29, 2013. RHP David Buchanan (0-5, 7.58 ERA) starts for the Phillies.
Blue Jays: Toronto is off Monday before beginning a three-game series at Oakland on Tuesday. LHP Mark Buehrle (10-5, 3.34 ERA) faces former Blue Jays RHP Kendall Graveman (6-5, 3.38 ERA). Buehrle has worked at least seven innings in each of his past six starts, and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any of them.