Diamondbacks ease past Blue Jays
Ketel Marte and Carson Kelly homered in an eight-run third inning, left-hander Robbie Ray struck out ten as the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Sunday.
Ray held Toronto to two runs, five hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings as Arizona completed a three-game sweep to open a 10-game road trip.
Arizona did all their damage during the third innings. They scored seven times after there were two outs and none on.
“It’s one of the characteristics that this team walks around with: they don’t shut down,” Lovullo said. “They play hard, no matter what the circumstances are. Today was a perfect case of that. With two outs, we had a big inning.”
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered and doubled for the Blue Jays, who have lost four in a row and completed a 2-4 homestand.
Toronto starter Clayton Richard allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings in his fourth start of the season.
It was the fifth series sweep by the Diamondbacks this season. The Blue Jays have been swept in seven series.
Toronto led 2-0 as Gurriel hit his fifth homer of the season in the first and Freddy Galvis singled and scored on Danny Jansen’s double in the second.
The Diamondbacks sent 11 batters to the plate in the third.
Furthermore, Marte hit his 15th homer of the season with one out in the third and Eduardo Escobar singled with two out. David Peralta and Christian Walker walked to load the bases. Kevin Cron hit a two-run single. Jarrod Dyson batted for Nick Ahmed (sore left foot) and reached base on an infield single. Tim Locastro then hit a three-run triple. Meanwhile, Thomas Pannone replaced Richard and Kelly hit his first pitch for a two-run blast. This was his seventh homer of the season.
Archie Bradley replaced Ray following Jansen’s two-out single in the seventh and ended the inning on a groundout. Bradley pitched around Gurriel’s double at the end of the eighth.
Meanwhile, Elvis Luciano pitched around two walks in two innings for the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays’ Joe Biagini pitched a perfect top of the ninth with two strikeouts. However, Yoan Lopez pitched the ninth for the Diamondbacks and survived a leadoff double by Teoscar Hernandez.
The Blue Jays begin 16 consecutive games after Monday’s off-day. This starts with three on the road against the Orioles on Tuesday. This includes nine other games away from home against the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros.
“We were saving Pannone. But needed him the last two days,” Charlie Montoyo said after the Blue Jays lost for the 14th time in 17 games and are a season-high 19 games under .500. “Because Edwin is stretched out. We don’t have anybody else.”
“The one thing we know is when we play our ‘A’ game and play well, we can beat the best teams in baseball. Like the Yankees,” said Montoyo.
“When we don’t play our ‘A’ game, we can lose to anybody and I don’t mean the Diamondbacks are anybody because they are a good team. But we need to play our ‘A’ game every day. Because we are not just going to win with our ‘B’ or ‘C’ game. That won’t work.”