Blue Jays win 2 in row for 1st time this year, top Rays 3-1

TORONTO (AP) An abbreviated outing by Aaron Sanchez left the Blue Jays bullpen with plenty of work to do.

Toronto's relievers handled the task in style.

Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning and the Blue Jays posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 Sunday.

The Blue Jays started the day with a 7-17 record, the worst in the majors. A loss would've left them with the poorest winning percentage in March/April in team history.

''It's pretty amazing you go through a whole month without winning two in a row until the very end,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''In a lot of ways, that's hard to do.''

Toronto lost Sanchez, the AL ERA leader last year, after just one inning because of a split fingernail. He was activated off the 10-day disabled list before the game when a blister on his middle finger healed. While on the DL, Sanchez underwent a procedure to remove part of the troublesome fingernail.

''I looked down at it very early and there was blood everywhere,'' Sanchez said. ''It was just get through the inning and hopefully I can push through and make sure it's not worse.''

Six Toronto relievers combined to limit the Rays to one run in eight innings. Ryan Tepera pitched a career-high 3 1/3 innings, Aaron Loup worked two innings, Dominic Leone and Smith each got two outs and J.P. Howell (1-1) got one out. Roberto Osuna finished for his third save.

''If you ask anybody, you'd rather face the arms we faced today than facing Sanchez for seven or eight innings,'' Rays first baseman Logan Morrison said.

''Tepera, I thought, threw really well for them. That was huge. He spotted pretty much every pitch he threw. There was nothing over the middle,'' he said.

The Rays managed only four hits, all singles, against the parade of relievers.

''The guys they combined, they were outstanding,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''They kept us off balance. They did a tremendous job.''

The Blue Jays chased Chris Archer in the eighth and won it against Alex Colome (0-2).

Archer allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings.

''It was good but not good enough to win,'' Archer said.

Jose Bautista glared at the mound after Archer threw behind him in the first. Plate umpire Jim Wolf warned both dugouts.

''I was just trying to go inside and the ball got away from me a little bit,'' Archer said.

Gibbons said he would be ''disappointed'' if Archer was not disciplined, citing the four-game suspension Boston's Matt Barnes recently received for throwing behind Baltimore's Manny Machado.

Rays outfielder Steven Souza left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from reliever Joe Biagini. Souza did not play Sunday.

Tampa Bay broke a scoreless tie in the eighth when Morrison scored on Daniel Robertson's bunt.

Darwin Barney drew a walk from Archer in the bottom half and moved up on a groundout. Alex Colome relieved and Bautista tied it with an RBI double off the left field wall.

Kendrys Morales was intentionally walked and Justin Smoak struck out before Martin hit a tiebreaking single just inside the right field foul line. Ezequiel Carrera followed with an infield single, making it 3-1.

LONG TIME COMING

Howell was the winning pitcher for the first time since April 14, 2016, when he beat Arizona while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

ROCKY ROAD

The Rays are 3-10 on the road. Only Kansas City (2-11) had a worse mark entering play Sunday.

PITCHING IN

Marcus Stroman's sister, Sabria Abdat, threw out the first pitch on the same day fans received Stroman replica jerseys.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki has yet to test his sore right hamstring by running and does not expect to return from the 10-day DL before May 8.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 4.15) has recovered from a strained left hamstring and is expected to be activated off the 10-day DL to start at Miami on Monday. He's 2-1 with a 4.29 ERA in four career games against the Marlins, but hasn't allowed a run in either of the past two. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.71) starts for Miami.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.70) starts the opener of a three-game series against the New York Yankees. Estrada was 2-0 with a 3.12 ERA in four starts against the Yankees last season. RHP Luis Severino (2-1, 3.00) starts for New York.

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  • W: J. Howell (1-1)L: A. Colome (0-2)S: R. Osuna (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Dickerson LF20000200.330.379.6361.0152.0
K. Kiermaier CF40000033.210.295.290.585-1.5
E. Longoria 3B40000001.208.296.376.6720.0
B. Miller 2B40200010.227.358.364.7221.5
R. Weeks DH40000043.179.319.308.627-2.0
L. Morrison 1B21100200.244.352.462.8134.0
D. Norris C40100014.186.213.257.4700.5
S. Peterson RF20000112.270.325.405.7300.5
D. Robertson SS20010001.172.273.276.5491.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF40000011.301.339.505.844-0.5
    J. Bautista RF41210010.178.309.244.5544.5
    K. Morales DH31200110.227.286.381.6674.5
    J. Smoak 1B40100025.273.305.506.8110.0
    R. Martin C30110102.219.367.391.7583.0
    S. Pearce LF30000002.167.211.167.3770.0
    a- E. Carrera PH-LF10110000.313.333.406.7402.0
    D. Travis 2B40000012.130.193.195.388-0.5
    R. Goins SS30000000.200.265.333.5990.0
    D. Barney 3B21000100.292.333.313.6462.0
    • a-singled for Pearce in the 8th
    BATTING
    • SH - D. Robertson
    • RBI - D. Robertson (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bautista (3), K. Morales (3)
    • RBI - J. Bautista (7), R. Martin (5), E. Carrera (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (2), E. Carrera (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Goins
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Archer7.14112503.430.8219.5
    A. Colome (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.13221103.0012.00-10.5
    D. Farquhar0.10000005.060.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Archer7.1
    A. Colome (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
    D. Farquhar0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez1.00001104.051.002.5
    R. Tepera3.11000505.930.3010.5
    A. Loup2.00002101.041.004.5
    D. Leone0.21000104.761.50-0.5
    J. Smith0.21111002.923.00-3.0
    J. Howell (W, 1-1)0.100010016.203.006.0
    R. Osuna (S, 3)1.01000205.631.0010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez1.0
    R. Tepera3.1
    A. Loup2.0
    D. Leone0.2
    J. Smith0.2
    J. Howell (W, 1-1)0.1
    R. Osuna (S, 3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - A. Colome
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 112-73, A. Colome 14-7, D. Farquhar 5-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 7-10, D. Farquhar 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Archer 28, A. Colome 5, D. Farquhar
    PITCHING
    • WP - D. Leone (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 13-7, R. Tepera 46-32, A. Loup 34-21, D. Leone 13-8, J. Smith 18-10, J. Howell 6-1, R. Osuna 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-0, R. Tepera 1-4, A. Loup 3-0, J. Smith 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 3, R. Tepera 11, A. Loup 6, D. Leone 3, J. Smith 4, J. Howell 2, R. Osuna 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Dickerson LF20000200.330.379.6361.0152.0
    K. Kiermaier CF40000033.210.295.290.585-1.5
    E. Longoria 3B40000001.208.296.376.6720.0
    B. Miller 2B40200010.227.358.364.7221.5
    R. Weeks DH40000043.179.319.308.627-2.0
    L. Morrison 1B21100200.244.352.462.8134.0
    D. Norris C40100014.186.213.257.4700.5
    S. Peterson RF20000112.270.325.405.7300.5
    D. Robertson SS20010001.172.273.276.5491.0
    Total28141051014-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Pillar CF40000011.301.339.505.844-0.5
      J. Bautista RF41210010.178.309.244.5544.5
      K. Morales DH31200110.227.286.381.6674.5
      J. Smoak 1B40100025.273.305.506.8110.0
      R. Martin C30110102.219.367.391.7583.0
      S. Pearce LF30000002.167.211.167.3770.0
      a- E. Carrera PH-LF10110000.313.333.406.7402.0
      D. Travis 2B40000012.130.193.195.388-0.5
      R. Goins SS30000000.200.265.333.5990.0
      D. Barney 3B21000100.292.333.313.6462.0
      Total3137303612-----
      • a-singled for Pearce in the 8th
      BATTING
      • SH - D. Robertson
      • RBI - D. Robertson (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bautista (3), K. Morales (3)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (7), R. Martin (5), E. Carrera (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Martin (2), E. Carrera (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Goins
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Archer7.14112503.430.8219.5
      A. Colome (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.13221103.0012.00-10.5
      D. Farquhar0.10000005.060.000.0
      Total8.0733360---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Archer7.1
      A. Colome (L, 0-2) (BS, 1)0.1
      D. Farquhar0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez1.00001104.051.002.5
      R. Tepera3.11000505.930.3010.5
      A. Loup2.00002101.041.004.5
      D. Leone0.21000104.761.50-0.5
      J. Smith0.21111002.923.00-3.0
      J. Howell (W, 1-1)0.100010016.203.006.0
      R. Osuna (S, 3)1.01000205.631.0010.0
      Total9.04115100---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez1.0
      R. Tepera3.1
      A. Loup2.0
      D. Leone0.2
      J. Smith0.2
      J. Howell (W, 1-1)0.1
      R. Osuna (S, 3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Colome
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Archer 112-73, A. Colome 14-7, D. Farquhar 5-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Archer 7-10, D. Farquhar 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Archer 28, A. Colome 5, D. Farquhar
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Leone (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 13-7, R. Tepera 46-32, A. Loup 34-21, D. Leone 13-8, J. Smith 18-10, J. Howell 6-1, R. Osuna 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 1-0, R. Tepera 1-4, A. Loup 3-0, J. Smith 1-1, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 3, R. Tepera 11, A. Loup 6, D. Leone 3, J. Smith 4, J. Howell 2, R. Osuna 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Carrera reached on an infield single to shortstop, Morales scored, Martin to second13
        Martin singled to right, Bautista scored, Morales to third12
        Bautista doubled to deep left, Barney scored11
        Robertson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Morrison scored, Norris to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Osuna Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Ball, Longoria popped out to shortstop
        • B. Miller: Miller safe at first on 2nd baseman Goins fielding error
        • R. Weeks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Morrison singled to shallow right center, Miller to second
        • D. Norris: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Norris struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Smith Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • D. Norris: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Norris singled to center, Morrison to second
        • S. Peterson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Peterson fouled out to first, Morrison to third
        • D. Robertson: Robertson hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Morrison scored, Norris to second
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier flied out to shallow right
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Barney walked
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar grounded out to third, Barney to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista doubled to deep left, Barney scored
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Morales intentionally walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Martin singled to right, Bautista scored, Morales to third
        • E. Carrera: Ball, Carrera reached on an infield single to shortstop, Morales scored, Martin to second
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Travis grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Loup Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kiermaier struck out looking
        • E. Longoria: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Longoria flied out to right
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Miller reached on an infield single to second
        • R. Weeks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Miller to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce fouled out to first
        • D. Travis: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Travis grounded out to second
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Loup Pitching:
        • S. Peterson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Peterson walked
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Robertson grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Peterson out at second
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dickerson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Pillar popped out to second
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Bautista singled to left
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Morales doubled to deep right center, Bautista to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Miller singled to right
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked, Miller to second
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Norris grounded into double play third to second to first, Morrison out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goins flied out to deep left
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Barney flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Dickerson flied out to right
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Longoria grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bautista struck out looking
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Smoak singled to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin walked, Smoak to second
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martin out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • D. Norris: Strike looking, Norris fouled out to catcher
        • S. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Barney: Strike swinging, Foul, Barney lined out to shortstop
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Tepera Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
        • R. Weeks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Weeks struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Morrison fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Pearce flied out to deep center
        • D. Travis: Travis flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dickerson walked
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Longoria grounded into double play second to third to first, Dickerson out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Archer Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pillar struck out looking
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Bautista flied out to right
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Morales singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak lined out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)