TORONTO (CBS) The Tampa Bay Rays were looking for the sweep against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday night, but were unable to close out the series with a win as the Jays went on to win 7-3 at Rogers Centre.
Wade Davis (8-8) struggled to gain any momentum on the mound which resulted in an early exit for the Rays’ right-hander. Davis gave up nine hits and six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Both starting pitchers had trouble maintaining command during last night’s game, but Jays’ ace Ricky Romero was able to hold the Rays to three runs through six innings, and the defense turned three crucial double plays to limit the Rays offense.
Johnny Damon was the only Rays player to produce runs for the team, and his two-run homer in the first gave Tampa Bay the early lead.
Despite the early run support, Davis had a hard time with his command and allowed the Jays to rally and take a 6-3 lead through five innings.
Tampa Bay had chances to cut the lead throughout the game, but Toronto remained persistent and did what they needed to do to avoid the four-game sweep.
Things won’t get any easier for the Rays as they head to Texas to face the American West-leading Rangers in a three-game series which starts tonight at 8:05 PM ET.
Davis explained that this team is fighting an uphill battle at the moment, and that couldn’t be anymore precise. Tampa Bay is capable of a comeback run late in the season, but it won’t be a cakewalk.