Estrada struggles against Rays as Blue Jays fail to reach .500 again
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) reacts as Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) rounds the bases on a three-run home run during third inning American League baseball action in Toronto, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:13PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:14PM EDT
TORONTO - Tampa Bay rookie Jacob Faria handcuffed the Blue Jays over 6 1/3 innings and the Rays tormented Toronto starter Marco Estrada early en route to an 8-1 victory Tuesday night.
The 23-year-old Faria (2-0) becomes just the third Ray to win his first two career major-league games as a starter, joining Joe Kennedy (2001) and Jeremy Hellickson (2010).
Taylor Featherston, acquired from Philadelphia last Friday, and Logan Morrison homered in a four-run Tampa third inning that saw Estrada give up six hits and face nine batters before 39,404 on a glorious evening with the Rogers Centre roof open.
Estrada (4-5) exited with one out in the fourth after yielding two singles - and retiring just four of the last 12 hitters he faced. Evan Longoria doubled home those runners off reliever Dominic Leone's first pitch.
Leone recovered to strike out four of the next five batters before giving way to Jeff Beliveau, Jason Grilli and Aaron Loup as the Toronto bullpen largely quietened Tampa bats.
The Rays padded the lead on Colby Rasmus' sacrifice fly in the seventh and Corey Dickerson's 15th homer, a solo shot off Loup in the ninth.