7:07 PM ET, May 28, 2014
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario
TORONTO -- Pinch-runner Kevin Pillar scored the winning run on a throwing error by pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight game and completed a sweep of Tampa Bay, beating the Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Dioner Navarro singled to begin the ninth and was replaced by Pillar. Oviedo fielded Anthony Gose's bunt along the first base line and threw wildly to first, with the ball rolling into foul territory down the right field line. Pillar was waved home by third base coach Luis Rivera and slid home safely under the tag of catcher Ali Solis.
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Aaron Loup (2-1) worked one inning for the win as Toronto won for the 14th time in 16 games.
Oviedo (1-1) faced just two batters.
The Blue Jays jumped on Rays right-hander Chris Archer with two runs in the first, loading the bases with two singles and a walk before Edwin Encarnacion singled to right. Archer escaped further damage by striking out Juan Francisco and Brett Lawrie.
The Rays answered in the second when Matt Joyce doubled and Myers followed with a line drive home run into the bullpen in left field.
Left fielder Melky Cabrera had a defensive gem of his own in the sixth, jumping into the wall to retire Longoria for the first out of the inning.
The Blue Jays used two singles to put runners at the corners with two outs in the fourth, but Archer caught Jose Reyes looking to end the inning.
Blue Jays right-hander Liam Hendriks was replaced by left-hander Rob Rasmussen to begin the seventh, which began with Joyce hitting a ground-rule double to left. Dustin McGowan came on and got two outs, then walked Rays catcher Jose Molina, but got out of the jam when Sean Rodriguez flied out.
Hendriks allowed two runs and three hits in six innings, walked none and struck out five. Archer allowed two runs and six hits in six innings, walked two and struck out seven
Molina was hit on the mask by a foul tip in the eighth and was replaced by Solis the next inning.
The Rays placed C Ryan Hanigan (right hamstring) on the 15-day DL and recalled OF Kevin Kiermaier from Triple-A Durham. ... Blue Jays RHP Casey Janssen was unavailable with what manager John Gibbons called "general body soreness." ... The Rays are off Thursday before beginning a three-game series at Boston on Friday. LHP David Price (4-4) starts for the Rays, while the Red Sox have yet to name a starter. ... Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist (left thumb) played second base in a rehab game at Class-A Charlotte on Wednesday and is scheduled to be activated Friday. ... Toronto begins a four-game series against Kansas City on Thursday. Royals RHP James Shields (6-3) faces Blue Jays RHP R.A. Dickey (5-4) in the opener.
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Regular Season Series
|Toronto leads 11-8 (as of Wed 5/28)|
|Mon 3/31||@TB 9, TOR 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/1||TOR 4, @TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 4/2||TOR 3, @TB 0||Recap|
|Thu 4/3||@TB 7, TOR 2||Recap|
|Mon 5/26||@TOR 10, TB 5||Recap|
|Tue 5/27||@TOR 9, TB 6||Recap|
|» Wed 5/28||@TOR 3, TB 2||Box Score|
|Fri 7/11||TOR 8, @TB 5||Recap|
|Sat 7/12||@TB 10, TOR 3||Recap|
|Sun 7/13||@TB 3, TOR 0||Recap|
|Fri 8/22||TB 8, @TOR 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/23||@TOR 5, TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/24||TB 2, @TOR 1||Recap|
|Tue 9/2||TOR 8, @TB 2||Recap|
|Wed 9/3||TOR 7, @TB 4||Recap|
|Thu 9/4||TOR 1, @TB 0||Recap|
|Fri 9/12||TB 1, @TOR 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/13||@TOR 6, TB 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/14||TB 6, @TOR 5||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Rays | Blue Jays|
|1st||E Encarnacion singled to right, J Reyes and J Bautista scored, A Lind to second.||0||2|
|2nd||W Myers homered to left (378 feet), M Joyce scored.||2||2|
|9th||A Gose reached on bunt single to pitcher, K Pillar to third, K Pillar scored on throwing error by pitcher J Oviedo.||2||3|
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|Stadium||Rogers Centre, Toronto, ON|
|Attendance||17,309 (35.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|
In Chris Archer's past two starts, opponents are 0-for-14 with eight strikeouts in at-bats ending with a slider. The Blue Jays hit .189 as a team in at-bats ending with a slider, which ranks 24th in MLB.
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