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Smyly throws 2-hitter, Rays blank Blue Jays

By IAN HARRISON
Associated Press
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TORONTO (AP) Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon called Drew Smyly's first career complete game ''artistic.''

More like a masterpiece.

Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired the final 19 batters, leading the Rays over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 8-0 on Friday night.

''He had everything going on,'' Maddon said. ''You could see from the beginning he was going to pitch well all night. It was just obvious.''

Evan Longoria homered, doubled, singled and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also homered as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents with a comfortable win.

Smyly (8-10) allowed a leadoff single to Jose Reyes, who was promptly erased on a double play. After Steve Tolleson's two-out single in the third, Smyly didn't permit another runner. He walked none and struck out four.

''Pretty much the whole game I felt like I was in charge,'' Smyly said. ''It's a good mark to reach and a big accomplishment for me.''

Smyly is 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA in four starts since being joining the Rays in the July 31 trade that sent David Price to Detroit.

''Smyly was lights out,'' Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Marcus Stroman (7-5) was hit hard as the Blue Jays fell to an AL-worst 5-13 in August.

''Overall we played a lousy game,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Kiermaier added three hits for the Rays, who chased Stroman while taking a 7-0 lead in the sixth.

Pitching on six days' rest after giving up five runs while getting just two outs against the Chicago White Sox last Friday, Stroman was tagged for a career-worst 10 hits. The rookie, winless in four starts, walked three and struck out six.

''It's extremely frustrating,'' Stroman said. ''I couldn't keep my team in it today to get a win.''

Longoria opened the scoring with a first-pitch homer to begin the second, Kiermaier made it 2-0 with a two-out double in the fourth and Matt Joyce scored on a throwing error by second baseman Tolleson in the fifth.

The Rays broke it open in sixth, finishing Stroman after an RBI single by Desmond Jennings, the third straight hit to begin the inning. Aaron Loup came on and gave up an RBI single to Ben Zobrist. Joyce reached on a fielder's choice and Longoria followed with a two-run double.

MYERS MAKES GOOD

Myers struck out looking in the second, the fourth straight time he'd been called out on strikes. He was caught looking again in the fifth before connecting in the eighth, snapping an 0-for-8 streak since returning Wednesday from a 70-game absence with a broken right wrist. The homer was his first since May 28, also at Toronto.

NORRIS GETTING NEARER

Gibbons hinted that the Blue Jays may soon promote RHP Daniel Norris, who began the season at Class A. Norris has gone 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in three starts at Triple-A Buffalo, where he's scheduled to make a fourth start next Tuesday. A second round pick in the 2011 draft, Norris is a combined 12-1 with a 2.20 ERA at three minor league levels this season.

KINGS OF THE ROAD

The Rays improved to 34-29 on the road and extended their AL-record streak of road games allowing three or fewer runs to 19. Only the 1908 Chicago Cubs (21 games) had a longer string. Tampa Bay is the only team in the majors this season with a winning record away from home and a losing record overall (63-65).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: C Curt Casali made his fourth straight start as Jose Molina continues to be bothered by a sore left knee. Manager Joe Maddon said Molina will return to the starting lineup Saturday.

Blue Jays: 3B Brett Lawrie (left oblique) is rehabbing his injury in Arizona, but there is no timetable for his return, Gibbons said. ''I have no idea, nobody knows,'' Gibbons said.

UP NEXT

Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) faces Blue Jays LHP Mark Buehrle (11-8) on Saturday. Hellickson is 5-3 with a 3.08 ERA in 12 career starts against Toronto, six of which came in 2013. Buehrle has won just once in his past 13 outings, going 1-7 in that span after a 10-1 start to the season.

 
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Tampa Bay

D. Smyly
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF5121110.241.320.377
Ben Zobrist, 2B6111024.278.363.415
Matt Joyce, LF3110210.275.368.421
Evan Longoria, 3B4133113.254.327.397
James Loney, 1B5000014.286.335.377
Wil Myers, DH3211221.222.311.357
Yunel Escobar, SS5010013.249.313.316
Curt Casali, C5120011.179.258.214
Kevin Kiermaier, RF5131002.267.321.474
Drew Smyly, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals418147610    
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (22, Stroman), Evan Longoria (21, Loup), Kevin Kiermaier 2 (12, Stroman)
HR - Evan Longoria (16, Stroman), Wil Myers (6, Redmond)
RBI - Desmond Jennings (36), Ben Zobrist (40), Evan Longoria 3 (70), Wil Myers (26), Kevin Kiermaier (30)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Kiermaier (10)
SB - Wil Myers (4, 2nd base off Stroman/Navarro)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Loney
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Smyly (W,8-10) 9200040 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 105-75
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 10-12
Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 28
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Reyes, SS4010001.293.339.415
Melky Cabrera, LF3000001.312.365.474
Jose Bautista, RF3000000.288.404.508
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B3000010.271.360.573
Danny Valencia, 3B3000010.289.331.386
Dioner Navarro, C3000000.271.312.380
   Josh Thole, C0000000.269.347.306
Colby Rasmus, CF3000000.222.286.441
Nolan Reimold, DH3000020.220.293.420
Steve Tolleson, 2B3010000.228.294.359
Marcus Stroman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kyle Drabek, P0000000.000.000.000
   Todd Redmond, P0000000.000.000.000
   Brett Cecil, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals2802004    
Batting
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Tolleson-Reyes-Encarnacion
E - Steve Tolleson (3, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marcus Stroman (L,7-5) 51065361 4.11
Aaron Loup 1211100 2.97
Kyle Drabek 1100220 0.00
Todd Redmond 1111011 2.94
Brett Cecil 1000010 3.51
WP - Marcus Stroman (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Marcus Stroman 102-63, Aaron Loup 21-12, Kyle Drabek 34-19, Todd Redmond 14-10, Brett Cecil 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marcus Stroman 5-4, Aaron Loup 3-0, Todd Redmond 1-1, Brett Cecil 2-0
Batters Faced - Marcus Stroman 28, Aaron Loup 6, Kyle Drabek 6, Todd Redmond 4, Brett Cecil 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28506
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - James Hoye