Rays Bullpen Unable To Secure Hellickson’s Strong Start
The Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays on Jose Reyes walk of single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
The loss drops the Rays record to 63-66 and combined with the Seattle Mariners victory over the Boston Red Sox drops the Rays to 7.5 games behind in the race for the second Wild Card.
Jeremy Hellickson started for the Rays and delivered 6.1 innings of solid pitching allowing just two runs (earned) on three hits while striking out eight and walking one.
Zobrist would also help secure the lead for Hellickson and the Rays with an outstanding leaping catch to record the first out in the bottom of the seventh.
The lead would be short lived as the normally reliable Brad Boxberger gave up a 2-run homer to Dionner Navarro in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Jays a 4-3 lead heading to the ninth.
Jays closer Casey Janssen was unable to lock down the save as the Rays rallied to score the tying run on a RBI single by James Loney but the rally was short circuited on a base running error by Kevin Kiermaier.
Loney’s single into the left field corner was fielded by Melky Cabrera who threw to Danny Valencia at third base. Kiermaier had rounded the bag and drifted too far off to get back safely and was tagged out for the second out of the inning.
Grant Balfour worked an encouraging 1.2 innings of scoreless ball and turned the game over to Joel Peralta in the ninth. Peralta worked a scoreless ninth but Colby Rasmus opened the 10th with a bunt single. Peralta struck out Danny Valencia for the first out and Munenori Kawasaki for the second out but Rasmus stole second to get into scoring position.
The two teams finish their three game series today as Chris Archer (8-6, 3.17 ERA) is opposed by Drew Hutchinson (8-11, 4.81 ERA) with first pitch at 1:07 p.m.