Thornton allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk over four-plus innings Friday, striking out four and taking a no-decision in a 7-4 loss to the Mariners. The right-hander was twice spotted leads, but he couldn't make either of them hold up. He was pulled in the fifth inning in favor of reliever Buddy Boshers after allowing a J.P. Crawford solo home run and a single to Austin Nola. Thornton has a 5.34 ERA and 1.52 WHIP with 117 strikeouts over 124.2 innings this season. The 25-year-old is expected to make his next start versus the Braves on Wednesday.
Thornton allowed three runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three over six innings in a 4-3 loss to the Mariners on Saturday. Thornton was nicked for a run in the second inning on a Keon Broxton sacrifice fly and then yielded two in the fourth on an Austin Nola solo homer and a second sacrifice fly by Broxton. The 25-year-old has had four good starts out of his last nine, pitching six innings each time and only surrendering five total earned runs. Unfortunately, in the other five starts he lasted only 14 innings and allowed 27 total earned runs. It all adds up to a 5.30 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. Thornton will have a tough test in his next start on the road Thursday against the Dodgers.
Thornton (4-8) took the loss Sunday after yielding one run on three hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings against the Yankees. Thornton threw the ball well in this one, though he allowed the only run of the ballgame in the fifth inning, resulting in a losing decision. The 25-year-old right-hander has now delivered quality starts in two of his last three outings, but he owns a 5.34 ERA and 1.48 WHIP with a 110:47 K:BB over 114.2 innings this season with Toronto.
Thornton surrendered six runs on eight hits and one walk over 3.2 innings during Tuesday's game at Tampa Bay. He had two strikeouts and did not factor in the decision. Thornton carried a 6-0 lead into the fourth inning but proceeded to give up three two-run home runs to blow the lead and end his outing. The 25-year-old has a 5.55 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 104:46 K:BB through 108.2 innings and lines up to face the Yankees on Sunday.
Thornton (4-7) earned the win over Baltimore on Thursday, hurling six innings and allowing one run on five hits and no walks while striking out two. Thornton was coming off a 10-day stint on the injured list with right elbow inflammation but showed no signs of injury or rust, limiting the Orioles to six baserunners on five singles and a hit batsman while tossing 58 of 87 pitches for strikes. He was successful despite missing few bats, as he whiffed only two hitters and induced a mere six swinging strikes. The victory comes on the heels of a pair of rough post-break outings in which the rookie surrendered nine earned runs in 4.1 combined innings. Thornton now carries a 4-7 record along with a 5.23 ERA and 102:45 K:BB over 105 innings and is next scheduled for a road start against the Rays on Tuesday.