6 Rays' pitchers combine for 5-hitter, beat Blue Jays 4-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Ryne Stanek is set for a new role in the Tampa Bay rotation - sort of.

The reliever will likely now start two out of every five games in the Rays' ongoing bullpen-day experiment.

Wilson Ramos homered, six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 on Tuesday night.

With right-handers Chris Archer and Jake Faria on the disabled list, Tampa Bay is using relievers to start three times through the rotation.

Stanek opened the game, striking out three in two perfect innings, and was followed by Austin Pruitt (2 2/3 innings), Jonny Venters (one-third of an inning), Chaz Roe (1 1/3 innings), Jose Alvarado (1 2/3 innings) and Sergio Romo (one inning).

''We won, so it's a pretty good day,'' Stanek said. ''It's like anything, the more you do something, the more comfortable you're going to be. It's definitely starting to become a little more normal. It's not really coming like a surprise.''

It was Stanek's fourth start.

''Stanek set the tone,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''The big story of the game was the bullpen, how they pieced it together.''

Pruitt (2-3) allowed four hits and a run but picked up the win. Romo allowed the other hit but locked down his second save.

''It's always fun seeing guys come in behind you and get the job done,'' Pruitt said.

Tampa Bay has won three of four following an eight-game skid.

Ramos put the Rays up 2-0 with his two-run drive off Jaime Garcia (2-5) in the third.

Garcia gave up four runs, four hits, four walks and struck out four in five-plus innings. The left-hander is 1-4 in seven road starts, allowing 28 earned runs over 31 1/3 innings.

''I competed and tried to make pitches,'' Garcia said. ''There's a couple of walks there that I've got to do a better there.''

Garcia departed after C.J Cron walked and went to third on Willy Adames' double to start the sixth. Pinch-hitter Joey Wendle and Mallex Smith both had run-scoring singles off Joe Biagini that made it 4-1.

Toronto had runners on second and third with no outs in the fifth but scored just once on Devon Travis' grounder off Pruitt.

''We had a chance to tie it, and then who knows?'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

The Blue Jays have been held to one run or fewer 11 times.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) remains day to day. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will make a rehab start Wednesday night with Class A Dunedin.

Rays: CF Kevin Kiermaier (right thumb torn ligament) went 2 for 4 with a walk in his first minor league rehab game with Class A Charlotte and hopes to be back June 22. ... OF Johnny Field (sore knee) was available off the bench.

HOUSE OF HORRORS

The Blue Jays have dropped the first two games in the three-game set and are 73-105 at Tropicana Field. It's the most losses at any road ballpark since 1998, the Rays' inaugural season. ''They've always held us in check down here,'' Gibbons said. ''I don't care what the roster is, I don't care what team is here. It's always kind of been that way.''

REACHING A DECADE

Romo reached 10 years of major league service time Monday and was given a postgame celebration by his teammates. ''A pretty awesome day,'' Romo said.

UP NEXT

Tampa Bay RHP Wilmer Font (0-1) will start another bullpen game Wednesday against Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (8-3).

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  • W: A. Pruitt (2-3)L: J. Garcia (2-5)S: S. Romo (2)
  • HR: TB - W. Ramos (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson DH20100010.240.364.435.7990.5
a- K. Morales PH-DH10000110.218.280.358.6380.5
Y. Solarte 3B40000004.252.309.449.7580.0
T. Hernandez LF40000010.260.302.538.840-0.5
J. Smoak 1B30000110.234.371.425.7960.5
K. Pillar CF40100001.262.299.440.7391.0
R. Grichuk RF41100012.186.261.382.6431.5
A. Diaz SS40100001.228.273.400.6731.0
L. Maile C30000012.245.342.412.754-0.5
D. Travis 2B30110001.205.264.313.5772.0
  • a-walked for Granderson in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Duffy 3B41000001.314.350.412.7621.0
J. Bauers 1B30100111.273.360.545.9053.5
W. Ramos C41121002.284.327.446.7737.0
C. Cron DH31000131.253.329.474.8020.5
W. Adames SS41200010.278.300.500.8003.5
C. Arroyo 2B20100000.298.377.447.8241.0
a- J. Wendle PH-2B20110001.280.325.379.7042.0
C. Gomez RF20000103.184.259.332.5911.0
M. Smith CF30110002.289.351.373.7242.0
R. Refsnyder LF20000102.177.323.291.6141.0
  • a-singled for Arroyo in the 6th
BATTING
  • RBI - D. Travis (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Adames
  • HR - W. Ramos (8)
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (32), J. Wendle (17), M. Smith (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (18)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Travis-Diaz-Smoak)
  • E - J. Garcia (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)5.04444415.711.560.0
J. Biagini1.02000008.001.961.0
T. Clippard1.00000003.341.213.0
A. Loup1.01000103.701.272.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)5.0
J. Biagini1.0
T. Clippard1.0
A. Loup1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stanek2.00000302.761.047.5
A. Pruitt (W, 2-3)2.24110104.501.138.5
J. Venters0.10001004.501.08-1.0
C. Roe (H, 14)1.10001103.121.042.5
J. Alvarado (H, 13)1.20000103.101.143.5
S. Romo (S, 2)1.01000005.191.429.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Stanek2.0
A. Pruitt (W, 2-3)2.2
J. Venters0.1
C. Roe (H, 14)1.1
J. Alvarado (H, 13)1.2
S. Romo (S, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 101-57, J. Biagini 11-8, T. Clippard 7-4, A. Loup 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-8, J. Biagini 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, J. Biagini 4, T. Clippard 3, A. Loup 3
  • Balks - J. Garcia
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 27-19, A. Pruitt 32-22, J. Venters 5-1, C. Roe 21-12, J. Alvarado 23-16, S. Romo 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-1, A. Pruitt 3-4, J. Venters 1-0, C. Roe 2-1, J. Alvarado 3-1, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, A. Pruitt 12, J. Venters 2, C. Roe 5, J. Alvarado 5, S. Romo 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson DH20100010.240.364.435.7990.5
a- K. Morales PH-DH10000110.218.280.358.6380.5
Y. Solarte 3B40000004.252.309.449.7580.0
T. Hernandez LF40000010.260.302.538.840-0.5
J. Smoak 1B30000110.234.371.425.7960.5
K. Pillar CF40100001.262.299.440.7391.0
R. Grichuk RF41100012.186.261.382.6431.5
A. Diaz SS40100001.228.273.400.6731.0
L. Maile C30000012.245.342.412.754-0.5
D. Travis 2B30110001.205.264.313.5772.0
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  • a-walked for Granderson in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Duffy 3B41000001.314.350.412.7621.0
J. Bauers 1B30100111.273.360.545.9053.5
W. Ramos C41121002.284.327.446.7737.0
C. Cron DH31000131.253.329.474.8020.5
W. Adames SS41200010.278.300.500.8003.5
C. Arroyo 2B20100000.298.377.447.8241.0
a- J. Wendle PH-2B20110001.280.325.379.7042.0
C. Gomez RF20000103.184.259.332.5911.0
M. Smith CF30110002.289.351.373.7242.0
R. Refsnyder LF20000102.177.323.291.6141.0
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HITTERSAB
M. Duffy 3B4
J. Bauers 1B3
W. Ramos C4
C. Cron DH3
W. Adames SS4
C. Arroyo 2B2
a- J. Wendle PH-2B2
C. Gomez RF2
M. Smith CF3
R. Refsnyder LF2
Total29
  • a-singled for Arroyo in the 6th
BATTING
  • RBI - D. Travis (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Adames
  • HR - W. Ramos (8)
  • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (32), J. Wendle (17), M. Smith (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Ramos 2 (18)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Diaz-Travis-Smoak; Travis-Diaz-Smoak)
  • E - J. Garcia (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)5.04444415.711.560.0
J. Biagini1.02000008.001.961.0
T. Clippard1.00000003.341.213.0
A. Loup1.01000103.701.272.5
Total8.0744451---
PITCHERSIP
J. Garcia (L, 2-5)5.0
J. Biagini1.0
T. Clippard1.0
A. Loup1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Stanek2.00000302.761.047.5
A. Pruitt (W, 2-3)2.24110104.501.138.5
J. Venters0.10001004.501.08-1.0
C. Roe (H, 14)1.10001103.121.042.5
J. Alvarado (H, 13)1.20000103.101.143.5
S. Romo (S, 2)1.01000005.191.429.0
Total9.0511260---
PITCHERSIP
R. Stanek2.0
A. Pruitt (W, 2-3)2.2
J. Venters0.1
C. Roe (H, 14)1.1
J. Alvarado (H, 13)1.2
S. Romo (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Garcia 101-57, J. Biagini 11-8, T. Clippard 7-4, A. Loup 14-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Garcia 3-8, J. Biagini 1-1, A. Loup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Garcia 23, J. Biagini 4, T. Clippard 3, A. Loup 3
  • Balks - J. Garcia
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 27-19, A. Pruitt 32-22, J. Venters 5-1, C. Roe 21-12, J. Alvarado 23-16, S. Romo 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 2-1, A. Pruitt 3-4, J. Venters 1-0, C. Roe 2-1, J. Alvarado 3-1, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, A. Pruitt 12, J. Venters 2, C. Roe 5, J. Alvarado 5, S. Romo 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Smith singled to shallow center, Adames scored, Wendle to second14
    Wendle singled to shallow right, Cron scored, Adames to third13
  • 5TH INNING
    Travis grounded out to second, Grichuk scored, Diaz to third12
  • 3RD INNING
    Ramos homered to center, Duffy scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Sergio Romo relieved Jose Alvarado
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Pillar: Pillar singled to shallow left
    • R. Grichuk: Grichuk fouled out to catcher
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar to second, Strike looking, Diaz flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Alvarado Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded out to second
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hernandez flied out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Aaron Loup relieved Tyler Clippard
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Adames singled to shallow left
    • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Adames out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Roe Pitching:
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Diaz popped out to second
    • Jose Alvarado relieved Chaz Roe
    • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Maile grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Clippard relieved Joe Biagini
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Ball, Duffy fouled out to third
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Bauers fouled out to third
    • W. Ramos: Ramos lined out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Chaz Roe relieved Jonny Venters
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked
    • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike looking, Pillar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smoak out at second
    • R. Grichuk: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • C. Cron: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
    • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Adames doubled to shallow left, Cron to third
    • Joe Biagini relieved Jaime Garcia
    • Joey Wendle hit for Christian Arroyo
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Wendle singled to shallow right, Cron scored, Adames to third
    • C. Gomez: Gomez fouled out to catcher
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith singled to shallow center, Adames scored, Wendle to second
    • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Refsnyder grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Pruitt Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk reached on an infield single to third
    • A. Diaz: Diaz singled to shallow right, Grichuk to third, Diaz to second
    • L. Maile: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Maile struck out looking
    • D. Travis: Travis grounded out to second, Grichuk scored, Diaz to third
    • Jonny Venters relieved Austin Pruitt
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Curtis Granderson
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
    • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Refsnyder lined out to center
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike looking, Duffy lined out to left
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bauers walked
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ramos lined out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Pruitt Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to second
    • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep center
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Adames lined out to center
    • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Arroyo singled to shallow center
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gomez lined out to right
    • M. Smith: Smith grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Arroyo out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Austin Pruitt relieved Ryne Stanek
    • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz lined out to right
    • L. Maile: Maile flied out to center
    • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis singled to center
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson singled to shallow right center, Travis to third
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Refsnyder walked
    • M. Duffy: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Duffy reached on fielder's choice to third, Refsnyder out at second
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bauers struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos homered to center, Duffy scored
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Stanek Pitching:
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar grounded out to third
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Grichuk lined out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
    • C. Arroyo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Arroyo lined out to left
    • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gomez walked
    • M. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Stanek Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Garcia Pitching:
    • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Ball, Duffy grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Bauers singled to shallow left center
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramos flied out to deep right
    • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bauers to third on Garcia fielding error, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)