Robbie Ray allowed a run in six innings and three relievers completed a five-hit as Toronto beat Miami 3-1 Wednesday night to complete a sweep.
The Blue Jays started the series tied for the MLB hometown lead, but were 4-21 when they scored three points or less. They won 2-1 on Tuesday and allowed just eight hits in the series.
“It’s great that we can shut it down when the hitters are having a little trouble,” Ray said. “These are two very good victories. “
Toronto has won four in a row but remains fourth in LA East.
Ray (5-3), after his shortest outing of the season, struck out six strikes to bring his season total to 103 in 79 2/3 innings.
“My arm fastball was the best of the year,” said the southpaw. “I was able to drive that pitch down and get away from some right-handed people and get some strikeouts with the fastpitch. I was pretty happy with it.
Jordan Romano threw around a brace in the ninth for his fifth save on six occasions and his second in two nights.
Bo Bichette had two hits, one run batted in and one run scored for the Blue Jays, who improved to 13-2 in the interleague, including 4-0 against Miami.
Starling Marte hit his sixth homer in the sixth for the Marlins. They have been outplayed 7-2 in their last three games, all losses.
“It’s been probably the most frustrating thing for all of us as a group and as an attacker not being able to find that consistency,” manager Don Mattingly said.
The last-place Marlins are the worst of the season with 11 games under .500 at 31-42. They have lost 28 games by two points or less.
Trevor Rogers (7-4) played five innings and allowed three runs, the most he has allowed since May 2, bringing his ERA to 2.08. The southpaw struck out six strikes and became the Marlins’ first rookie to support 100 batters in his first 15 games of a season.
The Blue Jays scored twice in Game 1 against Rogers, who entered the game ahead of all MLB rookies in terms of wins, ERA and strikeouts. Teoscar Hernández netted an RBI brace, and George Springer’s Grounder netted another point.
“We saw him throw a lot of strikes and we tried to be aggressive,” Hernández said.
The Marlins want to limit Rogers’ innings. He launched for the first time in eight days and felt it early.
“A little out of sync,” he said. “The adrenaline is definitely on the rise. “
Springer has gone 0 for 3 and is without a hitting in seven batting appearances since returning from a seven week stint on the injured list.
“When you’re short on time, it’s not easy to watch big league games and hit the net,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. ” That is going to take time. “
First baseman Ryan Wills saw two calls overturned by a reroll in the first inning. Whenever he ruled that the batter has beaten a grounder to the first baseman, the pitcher covers the base late. Each time, the recovery determined that the batter was out.
Wills also had a safe reverse call in the eighth.
Ray did not complain about the referees’ inspections to remove sticky substances.
“Pretty simple, pretty quick, pretty painless,” he said.
Blue Jays: LHP Steven Matz (linked to COVID) is expected to hold a reliever pen session on Thursday.
Blue Jays: They start a 10-game, 11-day homestand in Buffalo, New York on Thursday, with LHP Anthony Kay (0-2, 6.43) scheduled to start against Baltimore.
Marlins: They start a four-game series Thursday at home against Washington, with RHP Cody Poteet (2-2, 3.90) set to start.
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