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Chris Archer Fans 11 As Rays Beat Jays 4-2

The Tampa Bay Rays suffered a 12-7 loss on Wednesday night in the third game of the series against the Toronto Blue Jays. On Thursday night the Rays and Jays were back at the Rogers Centre with RHP Aaron Sanchez (ERA 6.23) on the hill for Toronto and RHP Chris Archer (ERA 1.50) on the hill for Tampa Bay. With a final score of 4-2 the Rays took the win and won the series against their division rival.

The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 3rd when, with bases loaded and no outs, Steven Souza Jr. grounded into a forced out sending Kevin Kiermaier home to score.

Tampa Bay then extended their lead when Kiermaier scored off a double by David DeJesus on a fly ball to short.
Sanchez would continue on until the sixth inning when the Rays’ offense got an even bigger push. Evan Longoria started the inning when he hit his fourth double of the season on a line drive to right. Desmond Jennings then grounded out and Toronto would then proceed with a pitching change. Aaron Loup then replaced Sanchez and the Rays would pinch-hit Tim Beckham for Allan Dykstra. Beckham then hit a two run homer off of Loup to put Tampa Bay up 4-0.

Sanchez went 5 1/3 innings allowing five hits and three runs; striking out four. Loup would close out the sixth inning, then being replaced by Marco Estrada.

Archer had a strong outing, going seven innings allowing just two hits and striking out an impressive 11 batters; walking two. He was then replaced by right reliever Steve Geltz (ERA 1.59) who would find himself in some trouble in the eighth inning.

Toronto’s Devon Travis singled on a line drive to right to start the inning and was then followed by Ryan Goins who was walked by Geltz. Josh Donaldson was then hit by a pitch which was reviewed by the officials, and after further review Donaldson would go to first. Rays’ Manager Kevin Cash would end up being ejected from the game and Getz would then be replaced by RHP Kevin Jepsen who would take over with bases loaded and no outs and Jose Bautista up at the plate. Bautista would then fly out to right field but a sac fly by Edwin Encarnacion would send Travis home to score and put the Blue Jays on the board. Jepsen would then get Tampa Bay out of the inning with just one run allowed by Toronto, which was charged to Geltz.

To start the bottom of the ninth, RHP Brad Boxberger (ERA 1.93) took over for Jepsen to close out the game. Russell Martin started off the inning with a walk and was followed by Dalton Pompey striking out. Martin then advanced to 2nd on a defensive interference. Kevin Pillar then flied out to center field advancing Martin to third. A double by Devon Travis then sent Martin home to score but the Blue Jays were unable to get anymore runs on the board.

The Rays will now go back home to Tropicana Field where they will begin a three game series against the New York Yankees beginning at 7:10pm on Friday night. The Rays will send RHP Nate Karns (ERA 4.97, 1-1) to the mound against the Yankees’ Adam Warren (ERA 1.69, 0-1).

The Blue Jays will now start a three game homestand against the Atlanta Braves beginning on Friday night.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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