Rays edge Blue Jays 1-0 on Matt Duffy's RBI single in ninth

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Matt Duffy saved his best for last.

Duffy's ground ball found a hole between third and short with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Wednesday and drove in the game's only run in Tampa Bay's win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

''After seeing that many zeroes, it's definitely awesome to come out on top in that game,'' Duffy said after a game in which eight pitchers gave up a total of 10 hits.

Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a groundout.

Diego Castillo (1-0) got his first major league win after pitching two innings of relief.

Ryan Tepera (3-2) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Jays, who were swept in the three-game series and have lost five of six to the Rays this season. It was the 12th time the Blue Jays have scored one run or none this season, and the first time since August 2011 they were held without an extra-base hit for a second straight game.

''I have no explanation for it. It's the way it is,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Curtis Granderson had the first three of Toronto's five hits, leadoff singles in the first, third and fifth innings, and was the only runner to reach third base until Smith in the ninth.

With two outs in the Toronto ninth, Aldemys Diaz hit a line drive off Castillo that was caught by left fielder Johnny Field near the top of the wall, the best-hit ball of the game by far.

''Luckily, I was playing deep and it was high enough that it didn't seem like one of those no-doubters off the bat,'' Field said. ''He got under it just enough to give me a chance to get back there.''

Toronto starter J.A. Happ allowed one hit and three walks in five innings. He was lifted after throwing 98 pitches, 30 in the first inning.

''I try to give credit where credit is due. I thought they did a good job of fouling some good pitches off,'' said Happ. ''They made it difficult. Certainly, I'd like to go more than five innings, but I was happy to keep them off the board.''

Rays starter Wilmer Font gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings, and Matt Andriese gave up two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

''That's two days in a row now that the bullpen came in and really picked us up in a big way,'' said Rays manager Kevin Cash. ''They pieced it together really well.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) will run the bases Thursday and if all goes well could join Triple-A Buffalo on Friday. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) was scheduled to start a minor league assignment Wednesday night with Class A Dunedin against Charlotte.

Rays: OF Johnny Field was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sprained knee.

SIXTEEN NOT SO SWEET

Thursday's game at New York marks the start of a 16-game stretch in which the Rays will play only the Yankees, Astros and Nationals. ''We're going to really see what kind of team we have here against the best in the league,'' Blake Snell said. The Rays are 11-26 against winning teams.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.33 ERA) will pitch Friday night against the Washington Nationals in the opening game of a five-game homestand.

Rays: LHP Blake Snell (8-3, 2.30 ERA) will start in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium against Domingo German (0-4, 5.32). Snell is 3-0 with a 0.38 ERA in his past four starts.

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TB32-35
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  • W: D. Castillo (1-0)L: R. Tepera (3-2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson DH40300000.253.372.443.8153.0
J. Smoak 1B40000003.229.366.417.7830.0
T. Hernandez LF30100111.261.305.536.8411.5
Y. Solarte 2B40100004.252.309.446.7541.0
D. Travis PR-2B00000000.205.264.313.5770.0
K. Pillar CF40000013.258.295.434.728-0.5
R. Martin C30000100.171.315.316.6311.0
R. Grichuk RF30000121.181.261.371.6320.0
A. Diaz SS30000112.223.272.392.6640.5
G. Urshela 3B30000004.233.283.326.6080.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Duffy 3B40110103.313.351.409.7603.0
    J. Bauers 1B40200002.308.379.538.9182.0
    W. Adames SS40000034.227.250.409.659-1.5
    C. Cron DH20000121.251.331.470.8011.0
    C. Arroyo 2B20000000.286.364.429.7920.0
    a- J. Wendle PH-2B20000013.277.322.375.697-0.5
    C. Gomez RF40000013.180.255.325.580-0.5
    J. Field LF30000120.250.284.453.7370.0
    M. Smith CF31200000.294.356.387.7435.0
    J. Sucre C10000100.203.243.217.4611.0
    b- W. Ramos PH-C20000002.282.324.442.7660.0
    HITTERSAB
    M. Duffy 3B4
    J. Bauers 1B4
    W. Adames SS4
    C. Cron DH2
    C. Arroyo 2B2
    a- J. Wendle PH-2B2
    C. Gomez RF4
    J. Field LF3
    M. Smith CF3
    J. Sucre C1
    b- W. Ramos PH-C2
    • a-hit into fielder's choice for Arroyo in the 6th
    • b-flied out for Sucre in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Smith 2 (11)
    • SH - M. Smith (3)
    • RBI - M. Duffy (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Happ
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Adames-Arroyo-Bauers; Bauers-Duffy)
    • E - W. Font, C. Gomez (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ5.01003403.481.0613.0
    S. Oh1.00000203.521.244.0
    D. Barnes1.01000103.761.482.5
    A. Loup0.01000003.701.32-1.0
    R. Tepera (L, 3-2)1.22111202.941.16-5.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ5.0
    S. Oh1.0
    D. Barnes1.0
    A. Loup0.0
    R. Tepera (L, 3-2)1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Font3.12003108.481.744.5
    M. Andriese3.22001203.271.097.0
    D. Castillo (W, 1-0)2.01000201.591.0613.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Font3.1
    M. Andriese3.2
    D. Castillo (W, 1-0)2.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Oh (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 98-64, S. Oh 14-9, D. Barnes 13-10, A. Loup 2-2, R. Tepera 32-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-5, S. Oh 1-0, D. Barnes 1-1, R. Tepera 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 20, S. Oh 4, D. Barnes 4, A. Loup, R. Tepera 8
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Andriese (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 66-39, M. Andriese 50-31, D. Castillo 23-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 2-7, M. Andriese 3-5, D. Castillo 1-3
    • Batters Faced - W. Font 15, M. Andriese 13, D. Castillo 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson DH40300000.253.372.443.8153.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000003.229.366.417.7830.0
    T. Hernandez LF30100111.261.305.536.8411.5
    Y. Solarte 2B40100004.252.309.446.7541.0
    D. Travis PR-2B00000000.205.264.313.5770.0
    K. Pillar CF40000013.258.295.434.728-0.5
    R. Martin C30000100.171.315.316.6311.0
    R. Grichuk RF30000121.181.261.371.6320.0
    A. Diaz SS30000112.223.272.392.6640.5
    G. Urshela 3B30000004.233.283.326.6080.0
    Total3105004518-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Duffy 3B40110103.313.351.409.7603.0
      J. Bauers 1B40200002.308.379.538.9182.0
      W. Adames SS40000034.227.250.409.659-1.5
      C. Cron DH20000121.251.331.470.8011.0
      C. Arroyo 2B20000000.286.364.429.7920.0
      a- J. Wendle PH-2B20000013.277.322.375.697-0.5
      C. Gomez RF40000013.180.255.325.580-0.5
      J. Field LF30000120.250.284.453.7370.0
      M. Smith CF31200000.294.356.387.7435.0
      J. Sucre C10000100.203.243.217.4611.0
      b- W. Ramos PH-C20000002.282.324.442.7660.0
      Total3115104918-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Duffy 3B4
      J. Bauers 1B4
      W. Adames SS4
      C. Cron DH2
      C. Arroyo 2B2
      a- J. Wendle PH-2B2
      C. Gomez RF4
      J. Field LF3
      M. Smith CF3
      J. Sucre C1
      b- W. Ramos PH-C2
      Total31
      • a-hit into fielder's choice for Arroyo in the 6th
      • b-flied out for Sucre in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Smith 2 (11)
      • SH - M. Smith (3)
      • RBI - M. Duffy (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Duffy (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Happ
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Adames-Arroyo-Bauers; Bauers-Duffy)
      • E - W. Font, C. Gomez (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ5.01003403.481.0613.0
      S. Oh1.00000203.521.244.0
      D. Barnes1.01000103.761.482.5
      A. Loup0.01000003.701.32-1.0
      R. Tepera (L, 3-2)1.22111202.941.16-5.0
      Total8.2511490---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ5.0
      S. Oh1.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      A. Loup0.0
      R. Tepera (L, 3-2)1.2
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font3.12003108.481.744.5
      M. Andriese3.22001203.271.097.0
      D. Castillo (W, 1-0)2.01000201.591.0613.0
      Total9.0500450---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font3.1
      M. Andriese3.2
      D. Castillo (W, 1-0)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Oh (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 98-64, S. Oh 14-9, D. Barnes 13-10, A. Loup 2-2, R. Tepera 32-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-5, S. Oh 1-0, D. Barnes 1-1, R. Tepera 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 20, S. Oh 4, D. Barnes 4, A. Loup, R. Tepera 8
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Andriese (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 66-39, M. Andriese 50-31, D. Castillo 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 2-7, M. Andriese 3-5, D. Castillo 1-3
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 15, M. Andriese 13, D. Castillo 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Duffy singled to left, Smith scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Castillo Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Ball, Martin popped out to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Diaz flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Field struck out looking
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Smith doubled to deep center
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Smith to third
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy singled to left, Smith scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Diego Castillo relieved Matt Andriese
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to center
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Solarte singled to right
        • Devon Travis ran for Yangervis Solarte
        • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Aaron Loup relieved Danny Barnes
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers singled to shallow center
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Aaron Loup
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Adames grounded out to shortstop, Bauers to second
        • C. Cron: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
        • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle struck out looking
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Gomez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Cron out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Urshela lined out to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Granderson grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Danny Barnes relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Smith doubled to shallow left
        • Wilson Ramos hit for Jesus Sucre
        • W. Ramos: Ramos flied out to center
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar flied out to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved J.A. Happ
        • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Cron hit by pitch
        • Joey Wendle hit for Christian Arroyo
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wendle reached on fielder's choice to second, Cron out at second
        • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Andriese Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson singled to right center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Smoak grounded into double play third to first, Granderson out at second
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez singled to left
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hernandez out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Field walked
        • M. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Smith hit sacrifice bunt to first, Field to second
        • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sucre walked
        • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duffy lined out to right
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bauers grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar flied out to right
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • Matt Andriese relieved Wilmer Font
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz walked
        • G. Urshela: Ball, Urshela popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arroyo flied out to deep right
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Granderson singled to right
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak flied out to deep left
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Solarte popped out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sucre grounded out to third
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Duffy walked
        • J. Bauers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bauers singled to right center, Duffy to second
        • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin safe at first on right fielder Gomez fielding error
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk walked
        • A. Diaz: Diaz flied out to center
        • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urshela grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Grichuk out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Arroyo lined out to third
        • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to third
        • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Field flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. Font Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson singled to right
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Foul, Ball, Granderson to second on Font fielding error, Foul, Foul, Smoak lined out to center
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Solarte grounded out to first, Granderson to third, Hernandez to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar popped out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Duffy fouled out to right
        • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Bauers safe at first on Happ fielding error
        • W. Adames: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)