MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Toronto2 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 7121
Tampa Bay0 0 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 6110
  W: R. Tepera (7-1)   L: T. Hunter (2-5)   S: R. Osuna (33)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, August 23, 2017
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 8,264

Rays look to stay hot against Blue Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Blue Jays lost, 6-5, in 10 innings to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday, getting swept three straight over the weekend, and dropping their fourth straight road game overall. Toronto has suffered 11 walkoff losses in 2017 -- most in MLB.
  2. The Rays beat the Mariners, 3-0, on Sunday at Tropicana Field, snapping their four-game losing streak in the process. Tampa Bay is an MLB-worst 5-13 (.278) at home since the 2017 All-Star break.
  3. Toronto has taken nine of the first 16 meetings with Tampa Bay in 2017, and with one more victory, will win the season series against the Rays for the first time since 2014. Dating to last September, Tampa Bay is 6-4 in its last 10 home games vs. the Blue Jays.
  4. Chris Rowley allowed two runs (both earned) in 5.0 IP last Thursday against the Rays, garnering a no-decision for the effort. Rowley is one of 12 different Toronto hurlers with at least two starts in 2017 -- tied for most in baseball.
  5. Chris Archer struck out 10 and allowed three runs (all earned) in 7.0 innings last Thursday against the Blue Jays, but was saddled with his fourth no-decision of the season vs. Toronto. Archer has 207 strikeouts in 2017 -- third most in the majors.
  6. Josh Donaldson was just 1-for-11 over the weekend against the Cubs, but with a walk in each contest, has now reached base safely (via h, bb, hbp) in nine straight games. Donaldson has six home runs vs. Tampa Bay in 2017 -- most of any MLB player.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/22/2017 thru 8/24/2017

(TSX / STATS) -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash believes his team is capable of another run now that the offense apparently has broken out of a month-long slump.

The Rays (62-65) will go for their third straight victory Wednesday when they face the Toronto Blue Jays in the second contest of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay is four games behind the Minnesota Twins for the final American League wild-card spot but must pass five teams to get there.

Austin Pruitt (6-4, 5.37 ERA) will make the start for Tampa Bay. the right-hander will have to be better than he was in his most recent outing, when he gave up six runs on 11 hits in seven innings during a loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

Pruitt is 1-0 with a 4.26 ERA in three previous appearances against the Blue Jays, but this will be his first start vs. Toronto.

"When you see them a lot, you kind of get an idea of how to attack them," Pruitt said about the Blue Jays to "It can also work against you because they know what you have."

Tampa Bay has had several players breakout offensively over the last few games, including center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who is 7-for-20 since returning from the disabled list, and catcher Wilson Ramos.

On Tuesday, the Rays amassed 12 hits, and even the guys that didn't have hits made contributions, such as Brad Miller. The struggling second baseman, who is batting .186, drew two walks and scored a run.

"Brad's coming into the ballpark to work every day and find a way to get going," Cash said. "I know he's tinkered with his stance at times. Whether it's upright, leg kick, hands low/high, whatever ... He's trying everything to find that sweet spot and get the comfort.

"For whatever reason, it hasn't come. He's had some good swings and some good at-bats where he's drawn walks, but I know Brad more than anybody, and he's itching to get some big hits."

Toronto (59-66) will send Marcus Stroman (11-6, 2.99 ERA) to the mound in an effort to stop a four-game losing streak.

Stroman's last start came against the Rays on Aug. 16, and he earned the win while giving up two runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 5-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 10 career starts versus Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jays hope Josh Donaldson keeps swinging a hot bat against the Rays. He hit a home run Tuesday and has five in the past five games against the AL East rival.

Toronto manager John Gibbons moved Donaldson to shortstop, switching Jose Bautista to third from right field in order to get Norichika Aoki into the lineup. Aoki homered Tuesday, impressing his manager.

"I didn't know he had any power," Gibbons joked when asked about Aoki. "He hit a big home run down there in Houston and then got us on the board (Tuesday) against one of the toughest guys we face (Chris Archer). He's been good."

Updated August 23, 2017

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