Stroman gets win, Pearce homers as Jays beat Rays 3-2

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman made sure Tampa Bay's offensive awakening was short-lived.

Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the struggling Rays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Stroman (11-6) allowed two runs and six hits to beat the Rays for the first time in five career meetings at Rogers Centre. The right-hander entered 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four home starts against the AL East rivals.

''He's not an ace for no reason,'' Rays outfielder Mallex Smith said. ''All his stuff moves, great deception. Everything seems like it's going to start for a strike and then drops out of the zone.''

Toronto has won 11 of 16 at home.

The Rays, who broke out of a prolonged offensive slump with a 6-4 win Tuesday, found runs hard to come by again Wednesday. Brad Miller hit an RBI groundout in the fifth and pinch-hitter Steven Souza drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh.

''Tight ballgame,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''We had our opportunities but just weren't able to capitalize.''

Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer runs in nine of its past 12 games. The Rays are 1-8 in those games.

''Stroman is tough,'' Cash said. ''He's having a good year. He keeps the ball on the ground. He's a very tough guy to get anything up in the air.''

Stroman has allowed just one home run over his past 10 starts.

''He keeps guys off balance when he's down in the zone and you know he's working when he gets the ground balls,'' Blue Jays bench coach DeMarlo Hale said.

Stroman left after the Rays used two walks and a single to load the bases in the seventh. Aaron Loup came on and issued the bases loaded walk to Souza.

As Blue Jays manager John Gibbons came out to replace Loup with Dominic Leone, he was ejected for arguing with home plate umpire Lance Barksdale. Gibbons continued to the mound to make the change, then resumed his argument with Barksdale as he left the field.

Leone escaped the jam by striking out Evan Longoria looking and getting Logan Morrison to pop out.

Stroman appreciated Leone's work in preserving the lead.

''That was a key spot right there to come in and be able to get those two huge outs,'' Stroman said.

Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 31st save in 38 chances.

The Blue Jays opened the scoring against Jake Faria on Jose Bautista's RBI double in the third. Pearce made it 2-0 with a leadoff homer in the fourth, his 12th.

''The ball that Bautista hit, the ball that Pearce hit were both pitches that I missed up and away,'' Faria said.

Pearce doubled to begin the sixth and scored when Ryan Goins greeted reliever Dan Jennings with an RBI single.

Faria (5-4) lost his third straight start, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

''I don't think Jake was at his best, at his sharpest,'' Cash said.

ONE RUN FUN

Toronto is 19-15 in one-run games, including 4-1 against the Rays.

CRIME DOESN'T PAY

On his unsuccessful attempt to steal second base in the sixth, Goins was spiked in the left forearm by Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson. Goins stayed down in pain and walked off with a trickle of blood running down his arm. He was replaced by Rob Refsnyder. X-rays were negative and Goins is day-to-day with a bruise and a 2-inch gash.

FOULED OUCH

Rays pinch runner Adeiny Hechavarria was struck by a batted ball as he took his lead off third base in the seventh. Hechavarria was standing in foul territory, meaning he was not called out.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: OF Kevin Kiermaier (right hip) started at DH and went 0 for 3 with a walk in a rehab game at Class-A Charlotte.

Blue Jays: Toronto activated C Miguel Montero (right groin) from the 10-day DL and Leone from the bereavement list. LHP J.P. Howell and C Mike Ohlman were designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Chris Archer (8-7, 3.84) lasted 5 1/3 innings against Cleveland in his previous outing, the first time in 16 starts he had failed to pitch at least six innings. Archer is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 22 career games against the Blue Jays, all starts.

Blue Jays: RHP Chris Rowley (1-0, 1.69) pitched 5 1/3 innings to beat Pittsburgh in his debut Saturday. Rowley is the first West Point graduate to play in the majors.

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  • W: M. Stroman (11-6)L: J. Faria (5-4)S: R. Osuna (31)
  • HR: TOR - S. Pearce (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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B. Miller 2B40110101.197.338.322.6603.0
L. Duda DH30100010.245.351.526.8771.5
a- S. Souza DH10010111.261.368.502.8701.5
E. Longoria 3B40000025.265.319.442.761-1.0
L. Morrison 1B30000103.247.355.510.8661.0
D. Robertson SS30000021.220.315.355.669-1.0
W. Ramos C10000000.194.235.361.5960.0
C. Dickerson LF40200011.286.329.499.8282.5
P. Bourjos CF40000022.225.272.399.671-1.0
M. Smith RF32200110.276.340.364.7045.5
J. Sucre C30100001.255.278.383.6611.0
A. Hechavarria SS10000001.234.251.303.5550.0
  • a-walked for Duda in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Bautista RF40110010.214.324.396.7212.5
J. Donaldson 3B30200000.267.393.520.9133.0
J. Smoak 1B30000103.294.370.573.9431.0
K. Morales DH40000024.244.307.440.747-1.0
S. Pearce LF42211000.269.342.475.8179.0
E. Carrera LF00000000.299.367.451.8180.0
K. Pillar CF30100001.247.299.396.6942.0
R. Goins SS30110001.218.271.333.6042.0
R. Refsnyder 2B00000000.172.254.234.4880.0
D. Barney SS30000010.224.271.297.569-0.5
R. Lopez C21000120.063.167.063.2291.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Duda (24), C. Dickerson (28), M. Smith (7)
    • RBI - B. Miller (27), S. Souza (72)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Bautista (21), S. Pearce (11), K. Pillar (28)
    • HR - S. Pearce (12)
    • RBI - J. Bautista (53), S. Pearce (35), R. Goins (45)
    FIELDING
    • DP - E. Longoria, L. Morrison
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Faria (L, 5-4)5.16332313.321.190.5
    D. Jennings1.01000203.991.393.0
    S. Romo1.20000104.851.183.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Faria (L, 5-4)5.1
    D. Jennings1.0
    S. Romo1.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (W, 11-6)6.16223702.991.3020.5
    A. Loup0.00001004.471.53-1.0
    D. Leone (H, 7)0.20000102.521.020.5
    R. Tepera (H, 13)1.00000103.231.033.5
    R. Osuna (S, 31)1.01000103.180.869.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (W, 11-6)6.1
    A. Loup0.0
    D. Leone (H, 7)0.2
    R. Tepera (H, 13)1.0
    R. Osuna (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Faria (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 98-64, D. Jennings 10-7, S. Romo 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 8-4, S. Romo 3-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Faria 24, D. Jennings 3, S. Romo 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 108-66, A. Loup 6-2, D. Leone 10-7, R. Tepera 15-9, R. Osuna 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-4, R. Tepera 2-0, R. Osuna 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, A. Loup, D. Leone 2, R. Tepera 3, R. Osuna 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    Blue JaysTOR58-62
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Miller 2B40110101.197.338.322.6603.0
    L. Duda DH30100010.245.351.526.8771.5
    a- S. Souza DH10010111.261.368.502.8701.5
    E. Longoria 3B40000025.265.319.442.761-1.0
    L. Morrison 1B30000103.247.355.510.8661.0
    D. Robertson SS30000021.220.315.355.669-1.0
    W. Ramos C10000000.194.235.361.5960.0
    C. Dickerson LF40200011.286.329.499.8282.5
    P. Bourjos CF40000022.225.272.399.671-1.0
    M. Smith RF32200110.276.340.364.7045.5
    J. Sucre C30100001.255.278.383.6611.0
    A. Hechavarria SS10000001.234.251.303.5550.0
    Total34272041016-----
    • a-walked for Duda in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF40110010.214.324.396.7212.5
    J. Donaldson 3B30200000.267.393.520.9133.0
    J. Smoak 1B30000103.294.370.573.9431.0
    K. Morales DH40000024.244.307.440.747-1.0
    S. Pearce LF42211000.269.342.475.8179.0
    E. Carrera LF00000000.299.367.451.8180.0
    K. Pillar CF30100001.247.299.396.6942.0
    R. Goins SS30110001.218.271.333.6042.0
    R. Refsnyder 2B00000000.172.254.234.4880.0
    D. Barney SS30000010.224.271.297.569-0.5
    R. Lopez C21000120.063.167.063.2291.0
    Total293731269-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Duda (24), C. Dickerson (28), M. Smith (7)
      • RBI - B. Miller (27), S. Souza (72)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bautista (21), S. Pearce (11), K. Pillar (28)
      • HR - S. Pearce (12)
      • RBI - J. Bautista (53), S. Pearce (35), R. Goins (45)
      FIELDING
      • DP - E. Longoria, L. Morrison
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria (L, 5-4)5.16332313.321.190.5
      D. Jennings1.01000203.991.393.0
      S. Romo1.20000104.851.183.5
      Total8.0733261---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria (L, 5-4)5.1
      D. Jennings1.0
      S. Romo1.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 11-6)6.16223702.991.3020.5
      A. Loup0.00001004.471.53-1.0
      D. Leone (H, 7)0.20000102.521.020.5
      R. Tepera (H, 13)1.00000103.231.033.5
      R. Osuna (S, 31)1.01000103.180.869.5
      Total9.07224100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 11-6)6.1
      A. Loup0.0
      D. Leone (H, 7)0.2
      R. Tepera (H, 13)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Faria (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 98-64, D. Jennings 10-7, S. Romo 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 8-4, S. Romo 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 24, D. Jennings 3, S. Romo 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 108-66, A. Loup 6-2, D. Leone 10-7, R. Tepera 15-9, R. Osuna 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 8-4, R. Tepera 2-0, R. Osuna 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, A. Loup, D. Leone 2, R. Tepera 3, R. Osuna 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Souza walked, Smith scored, Hechavarria to third, Miller to second23
      • 6TH INNING
        Goins singled to center, Pearce scored13
      • 5TH INNING
        Miller grounded out to second, Smith scored12
      • 4TH INNING
        Pearce homered to right02
      • 3RD INNING
        Bautista doubled to deep right center, Lopez scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
        • Ezequiel Carrera in left
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith singled to center
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith out at second
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Miller reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hechavarria out at second
        • S. Souza: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Souza struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Dominic Leone
        • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ramos grounded out to second
        • C. Dickerson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dickerson struck out swinging
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bourjos grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Romo Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Pearce grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Rob Refsnyder at second
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
        • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • J. Sucre: Sucre singled to center, Smith to third
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Miller walked, Sucre to second
        • Aaron Loup relieved Marcus Stroman
        • Adeiny Hechavarria ran for Jesus Sucre
        • Steven Souza hit for Lucas Duda
        • S. Souza: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Souza walked, Smith scored, Hechavarria to third, Miller to second
        • Dominic Leone relieved Aaron Loup
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Morrison popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Wilson Ramos catching
        • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • Sergio Romo relieved Dan Jennings
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bautista lined out to center
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria grounded out to third
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morrison walked
        • D. Robertson: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
        • C. Dickerson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dickerson lined out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Pearce doubled to left center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop, Pearce to third
        • Dan Jennings relieved Jacob Faria
        • R. Goins: Goins singled to center, Pearce scored
        • D. Barney: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goins out at second, Strike swinging, Barney struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Smith doubled to deep right
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Sucre grounded out to second, Smith to third
        • B. Miller: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller grounded out to second, Smith scored
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Bautista grounded out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Donaldson singled to left
        • J. Smoak: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked, Donaldson to second
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Morrison grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Robertson struck out looking
        • C. Dickerson: Dickerson doubled to right center
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Bourjos grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • S. Pearce: Pearce homered to right
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar fouled out to catcher
        • R. Goins: Ball, Goins flied out to left
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Barney grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sucre popped out to shortstop
        • B. Miller: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller singled to left
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda doubled to deep right, Miller to third
        • E. Longoria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Longoria lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Foul, Strike looking, Barney grounded out to third
        • R. Lopez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lopez walked
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bautista doubled to deep right center, Lopez scored
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Donaldson hit by pitch
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak popped out to third
        • K. Morales: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Morrison grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Strike looking, Robertson flied out to deep right
        • C. Dickerson: Strike looking, Ball, Dickerson reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bourjos struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to third
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce lined out to right
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Pillar doubled to left
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goins grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Miller grounded out to third
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Faria Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Donaldson singled to center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded into double play third to first, Donaldson out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)