The Rays are in Buffalo to play the Toronto Blue Jays after getting swept by the Washington Nationals. 21-year-old Luis Patiño faces off against 23-year-old Alek Manoah.
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The Rays went down in the top of the first with Wander Franco and Austin Meadows striking out to end the inning.
Bo Bichette singled with one out in the inning and scored when George Springer hit a two-out, two-run home run to put the Blue Jays on top.
The Rays struck out in order in the top of the second, making it five consecutive strikeouts for Manoah.
The Blue Jays put two runners on in the bottom of the second after a walk by Cavan Biggio and a fielder’s choice grounded into by Randal Grichuk. Biggio moved up to third on a misplay by Patiño to put two runners on for Lourdes Gurriel.
Gurriel scored Biggio with a double, moving Grichuk up to third. Reese McGuire scored Grichuk with a single to make it 4-0, moving Gurriel up to third. Gurriel scored on a Marcus Semien groundout to make it 5-0. Bo Bichette struck out for the inning’s second out.
The bleeding looked like it was going to end until Patiño threw a wild pitch, moving Semien up to second. Vlad Jr made him pay for that with an RBI single, making it 6-0. The bleeding finally did end when George Springer flew out.
Manoah kept striking out Rays hitters, reaching seven-consecutive K’s before Brandon Lowe flew out to end the third. Patiño had his first 1-2-3 inning, striking out Grichuk to end the inning. Both sides went down 1-2-3 in the fourth.
In the fifth, Manoah struck out two more Rays hitters and worked a hitless fifth, sparking the no hitter watch. Patiño looked like he settled in after the second inning, throwing another 1-2-3 inning.
Francisco Mejia broke the no-hit bid with a one-out single in the top of the sixth, but was stranded on base by Lowe and Choi.
Patiño’s run of outs came to an end in the bottom of the sixth after back-to-back singles by Hernandez and Biggio. A wild pitch moved both runners up. Jeffrey Springs was brought in after the first out was recorded, ending Patiño’s night.
Patiño allowed five earned runs on seven hits, he walked one and struck out five while throwing 94 pitches. Springs threw a wild pitch to score Toronto’s seventh run. He then struck out the next two Blue Jays to end the inning.
The Rays stranded two runners in the top of the eighth. Marcus Semien hit a leadoff home run to make it 8-0. Bichette singled and Vlad Jr plated him with a two-run home run to make it 10-0. Springs was replaced by Matt Wisler, who got out of the inning without any further damage. At least Brett Phillips warming up made things enjoyable to watch.
Francisco Mejia doubled in the top of the eighth, looking to at least break the shutout. Brandon Lowe doubled to score Mejia, putting the Rays on the board! One run would be all the Rays would score, sending this game into the bottom of the eighth and bringing Brett Phillips into the game.
Phillips allowed a single, walked two and allowed a run on another single, making it 11-1, all of that happening with two outs. He recorded the final out via a groundout to send this one to the ninth.
Nick Allgeyer, making his MLB debut, set the Rays down 1-2-3 to end this game. The offense was silenced and the pitching was crushed, equating to an 11-1 loss, the second-straight blowout loss. The Rays will try and bounce back tomorrow afternoon with Shane McClanahan on the mound against Ross Stripling, first pitch scheduled for 3:07 pm.