Ray Helps Blue Jays Win 4th Straight By Beating Marlins 3-1 – CBS Miami
MIAMI (AP) – Held without a homer during a two-game visit to Marlins Park, the highly-rated Toronto Blue Jays deviated from their blueprint and pitched to win.
Robbie Ray allowed one run in six innings and three relievers completed a five-hitter when Toronto beat Miami 3-1 on Wednesday night to complete a two-game sweep.
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The Blue Jays started the series tied for the MLB lead in Homers but were 4-21 when they scored three or fewer runs. They won 2-1 on Tuesday and allowed only eight hits in the series.
“It’s great that we can close it when the thugs have a bit of trouble,” said Ray. “Those are two really good victories.”
Toronto has won four straight wins but remains fourth in the AL East.
Ray (5-3), who was on his shortest outing of the season, hit six to increase his season total to 103 in 79 2/3 innings.
“My arm-side fastball was the best in the whole year,” said the left-hander. “I was able to take that pitch down and away to some right-handers and get some outs on the fastball. I was pretty happy with that. “
Jordan Romano scored his fifth save in six chances in game nine and his second in two nights with a lead-off double.
Bo Bichette had two hits, an RBI and a run for the Blue Jays, who improved to 13-2 in interleague play, including 4-0 against Miami.
Starling Marte hit his sixth homer in the sixth for the Marlins. They were beaten 7-2 in the last three games, all lost.
“It was probably the most frustrating thing for all of us as a group and as an offensive just to be unable to find that consistency,” said coach Don Mattingly.
The last-placed Marlins are the worst 11 games of the season under .500 at 31-42.
Trevor Rogers (7-4) went five innings and gave up three runs, most of what he has allowed since May 2, and raised his ERA to 2.08. The left-handed hit six and became the first Marlins rookie to fan 100 rackets in his first 15 games of a season.
The Blue Jays scored two goals in the first half from Rogers, who led all MLB rookies in wins, ERA and strikeouts. Teoscar Hernández scored an RBI double and George Springer’s Grounder brought home another run.
“We saw him throw a lot of punches and we tried to be aggressive,” said Hernández.
The Marlins want to narrow down Rogers’ innings. He pitched for the first time in eight days and felt it early.
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“A little out of sync,” he said. “Adrenaline definitely pumps.”
Springer went 0 for 3 and has been hit in seven at-bats since returning from a seven-week stint on the injured list.
“When you waste so much time, it’s not easy to play big league games and hit line drives,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “It will take a while.”
First base referee Ryan Wills had two calls in the first inning that were canceled by replay. Every time he ordered the batter, he would beat a grounder to first baseman, with the pitcher covering the base late. Each time the repetition found that the batter was over.
Wills also had a safe call on the eighth.
Ray did not have to complain about the referee’s inspections to remove sticky substances.
“Pretty easy, pretty quick, pretty painless,” he said.
Blue Jays: LHP Steven Matz (COVID-related) is scheduled to host a bullpen session on Thursday.
Blue Jays: You begin a 10-game, 11-day homestand in Buffalo, New York on Thursday when LHP Anthony Kay (0-2, 6.43) is set to take on Baltimore.
Marlins: You start a four-game series at home against Washington on Thursday, with RHP Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.90) set to begin.
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