Thornton allowed four runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts across three innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Saturday. The 25-year-old is headed in the wrong direction, as again he lasted under 55 pitches in a start. During his last two appearances since the All-Star break, Thornton has given up nine runs and two home runs in 4.1 innings. He threw six scoreless innings against the Orioles just before the break, but still, in four of his last five appearances, he's yielded at least four runs. Overall, Thornton is 3-7 with a 5.45 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 99 innings. He will pitch next against the Rays at home Friday.
Thornton (3-7) took the loss Monday as the Blue Jays were downed 10-8 by the Red Sox, coughing up five runs on five hits and three walks over 1.1 innings. He failed to strike out a batter. A Michael Chavis grand slam in the first inning accounted for most of the damage against Thornton. The rookie right-hander will take a 5.25 ERA and 97:44 K:BB through 96 innings into his next start Saturday in Detroit.
Thornton allowed five runs on seven hits with two walks with four strikeouts across 3.1 innings during a no-decision against the Yankees on Wednesday. The Blue Jays spotted Thornton a five-run lead in the first inning, but it was gone by the time Thornton left during the fourth frame. The 25-year-old had been better in his last two outings, but the two homers he yielded Wednesday, the first he'd allowed since May 24, fueled the Yankees' comeback. Thornton is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 86 innings heading into a home date against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Thornton allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven over 6.1 innings Friday in a no-decision against Boston. Thornton surrendered a run in the third and another in the seventh before departing with a three-run lead. Unfortunately, his team couldn't hold on for the victory. The 25-year-old right-hander has now turned in back-to-back quality starts, and he sits with a 4.25 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 87:38 K:BB over 82.2 innings.
Thornton (2-5) yielded six hits and three walks across 6.2 scoreless innings Sunday, striking out seven and earning the win over the Astros. Thornton received mounds of run support in the 12-0 win, including a quick 2-0 lead before he threw his first pitch. The rookie righty lowered his season ERA to 4.36 in 76.1 innings of work. He'll carry his 80:37 K:BB into Friday's tough matchup in Boston.