The Blue Jays were looking to defeat the Rays to win their first series at Tropicana Field since 2006. after game one of the three game series, it seemed as if they may have been on the right track.
The Jays victory on Monday night marked the first loss for last year’s rookie of the year Jeremy Hellickson. While he pitched well enough to win statistically (two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings), the infielders did not back him up. Fielding errors from Will Rhymes and Sean Rodriguez led to four unearned runs by the Blue Jays, giving them a 6-2 victory.
Rays would strike back Tuesday night after a hitting clinic put on by their bats. The team accounted for fourteen hits and scoring eight runs. Carlos Peña’s three run home run was part of a five run fifth inning by the Rays, leading to an 8-5 victory over Toronto. The win also marked the 14th save by Fernando Rodney in as many tries.
Wednesday’s matinee featured some extra baseball. James Shields got the start for the good guys and pitched well going 7 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and 2 earned runs. Joel Peralta came on in relief of Shields to give up the game tying two run home run in the eight to Edwin Encarnacion. But B.J. Upton would double in Rich Thompson in the bottom of the eleventh inning to defeat the Jays 5-4.
The Rays will head to Boston for a three game series against the Red Sox at Fenway.
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