Jays can’t beat Rays

Edmonton Sun - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — they’re no longer called the devil Rays, but the toronto Blue Jays still have a devil of a time against the tampa Bay ball club.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon, with mem­bers of the 1992 and ’93 World Se­ries alumni on hand, the Jays failed to muster any sus­tained of­fence, los­ing to the Rays, 3-1, their sev­enth loss in eight games against tampa Bay this sea­son.

toronto man­aged just five hits against six tampa Bay pitch­ers. It was a bullpen game for Rays man­ager Kevin Cash with ev­ery pitcher trot­ted out com­ing in with 95-mph heat, or bet­ter.

“they run some pretty good arms at you, and that def­i­nitely helps,” said Jays man­ager John gib­bons. “they’ve got a good young team over there. they’ve got some pretty good hit­ters and they’ve al­ways played a nice brand of base­ball.”

aled­mys diaz ham­mered a solo home run to left in the fifth to cut the Rays lead to 2-1.

the Rays hit a cou­ple of dou­bles of Jays starter Sam gav­iglio in the first in­ning to take a 1-0 lead. tampa jumped ahead 2-0 in the sec­ond as a re­sult of some great base run­ning by cen­tre fielder Kevin Kier­maier who hit a sin­gle up the mid­dle and im­me­di­ately took sec­ond when his coun­ter­part, Kevin Pil­lar, bob­bled the ball. He then stole third and came home on a grounder to short by Willy adames.

the Jays put men on first and sec­ond with none out in the bot­tom of the sec­ond. With the count, 2-2 third base­man yangervis So­larte hurt him­self swing­ing at a Ryne Stanek of­fer­ing and had to leave the game with a right oblique in­jury. He’ll likely go on the dl. gib­bons is not sure who will play third at this point.

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