ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Buehrle allowed four hits over 8 2- innings, Jose Bautista homered twice, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Buehrle (1-0) struck out 11 and walked one.READ MORE: CDC: Florida Leads Nation In Eutylone Overdose Deaths
Sergio Santos entered after Ben Zobrist had a two-out single off Buehrle in the ninth and walked Evan Longoria. Brett Cecil then struck out pinch-hitter Matt Joyce for his first save.
Bautista put the Blue Jays ahead 1-0 on his first homer of the season, a solo shot off Matt Moore (0-1) in the fourth. Dioner Navarro made it 2-0 later in the inning with an RBI single.
Toronto went up 3-0 on Bautista’s second homer, a towering solo drive to left off Josh Lueke during the seventh. It was the slugger’s 22nd multihomer game.READ MORE: St. Petersburg City Council Votes Against Rent Control Cap
With a victory in Thursday night’s game, Toronto would stop a streak of 20 consecutive winless road series against the Rays. The Blue Jays, who have won two of three against the Rays to start a four-game set, haven’t won a series at Tampa Bay since April 2007.
Moore gave up two runs, six hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.
The Blue Jays had runners on first and second with two outs in the first when Longoria got a forceout at third after leaping to catch Navarro’s grounder that went airborne after hitting the base.
Toronto third baseman Brett Lawrie saved a run in the fifth when he made a leaping catch on Sean Rodriguez’s liner with a runner on a second.MORE NEWS: Authorities Have Identified The Suspect Who Attacked Author Salman Rushdie
Notes: Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer and Blue Jays right-hander Brandon Morrow are Thursday’s scheduled starters. Archer and the Rays agreed to a $25.5 million, six-year deal on Wednesday. The contract includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that could raise the value to $43.75 million. … Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes (mild left hamstring inflammation) is getting treatment and feeling better. He hopes to return in a couple weeks. … Toronto closer Casey Janssen, on the 15-day disabled list due to a strain in his left abdominal area and lower back, threw in the outfield. … Rays OF David DeJesus (bruised right foot) was out of the lineup for the second straight game and is day to day. … Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (back tightness) had a bullpen session. … Toronto agreed to a minor league contract with INF Juan Francisco.