Snell wins 21st, 9th in row, as Rays beat Blue Jays 5-2

TORONTO (AP) Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell boosted his Cy Young Award chances with another brilliant outing against the Blue Jays.

Snell won his ninth straight start in Tampa Bay's 5-2 victory over Toronto on Sunday and boosted his record to 21-5.

''I think I'll be telling my grandkids that I played behind him,'' Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said.

Tampa Bay remained 7 1/2 games behind Oakland for the AL's second wild card and would be eliminated with one more loss or win by the Athletics.

Snell struck out 11 in 6 2/3 shutout innings, broke the Rays season record for wins set by David Price in 2012 and lowered his ERA to 1.90, the best in the AL.

''Everything was good today,'' Snell said. ''I felt really good, felt in synch with my body.''

Snell has not lost since July 12 and is 9-0 with a 1.03 ERA starting his streak with a win at Toronto on Aug. 10. He matched the Tampa Bay record for consecutive winning decisions set by Matt Moore from Sept. 29, 2012, to May 19, 2013.

With 175 2/3 innings, Snell trails fellow AL Cy Young candidates such as Houston's Justin Verlander and Cleveland's Corey Kluber, both of whom have eclipsed 200. That doesn't matter to Rays manager Kevin Cash.

''I think he's pretty much cemented his case that he belongs, not just in the conversation but right at the top of the list,'' Cash said. ''He's been dominant now for a couple of months.''

C.J. Cron and Brandon Lowe homered for the Rays, who are 16-5 in September and a major league-best 25-7 since Aug. 19.

Tommy Pham reached base three times and scored twice as the Rays improved to 11-5 against Toronto thus year. He walked in the first, singled and scored on Joey Wendle's two-out double in the fourth, then walked and scored on Cron's two-out double in the sixth.

Cron connected off Joe Biagini in the eighth, his 28th. Jose Fernandez walked Wendle, and Lowe followed with a two-run drive.

Snell allowed three hits and walked two. Four relievers followed, including Sergio Romo, who pitched around a pair of singles in the ninth for his 23rd save in 31 chances.

Blue Jays rookie left-hander Ryan Borucki (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings.

''I was just trying to keep this thing as close as we could,'' Borucki said.

END OF THE ROAD

Tampa Bay finished the road portion of its schedule at 39-42, their best record away from home since going 41-40 in 2014.

LEFT IN THE DUST

Toronto is 15-36 against left-handed starters.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Kiermaier stayed in the game after crashing hard into the scoreboard making a leaping catch on Randal Grichuk to end the fourth, but was replaced by Austin Meadows in the eighth. Kiermaier said his left shoulder was immediately sore following the play, and the pain got worse when he batted in the seventh. ''You don't want to push anything like that,'' Kiermaier said. The two-time Gold Glove winner also made a great catch on Jonathan Davis' sinking line drive for the final out of the third, stranding a runner at first.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Diego Castillo (3-2 3.25) will open for Tampa Bay as the Rays return home Monday to begin a four-game series against the New York Yankees. RHP Luis Severino (18-8, 3.38) is expected to start for the visitors.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (7-13, 5.57) starts the opener of the three game series against visiting Houston. Estrada is 0-4 with a 9.43 ERA in his past five starts. LHP Dallas Keuchel (11-11, 3.71) starts for the Astros.

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  • W: B. Snell (21-5)L: R. Borucki (4-5)S: S. Romo (23)
  • HR: TB - C. Cron (28), B. Lowe (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith RF-CF50000021.299.370.409.779-1.0
T. Pham LF22100200.273.361.456.8177.0
M. Duffy 3B30000002.295.359.367.7260.0
C. Cron DH41221012.257.326.494.8208.5
J. Wendle SS21110200.301.356.439.7956.0
B. Lowe 2B41121013.233.336.485.8226.5
K. Kiermaier CF30000010.220.284.376.660-0.5
a- A. Meadows PH-RF10000000.294.328.466.7940.0
J. Bauers 1B40000011.198.316.389.705-0.5
J. Sucre C30000110.215.250.260.5100.5
HITTERSAB
M. Smith RF-CF5
T. Pham LF2
M. Duffy 3B3
C. Cron DH4
J. Wendle SS2
B. Lowe 2B4
K. Kiermaier CF3
a- A. Meadows PH-RF1
J. Bauers 1B4
J. Sucre C3
  • a-flied out for Kiermaier in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Davis LF40000010.167.231.167.397-0.5
L. Gurriel SS40010031.282.310.448.758-0.5
A. Diaz 3B40110010.262.296.456.7511.5
R. Grichuk RF40000021.241.296.490.786-1.0
K. Pillar CF40200010.249.279.418.6970.5
R. Tellez 1B40000013.373.385.7251.110-0.5
T. Hernandez DH20000111.239.298.461.7592.5
a- J. Smoak PH-DH10000001.244.354.462.8160.0
D. Jansen C21200100.267.356.467.8234.0
b- K. Morales PH10100000.252.334.443.7771.0
A. Alford PR00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
R. Urena 2B41200014.266.310.354.6642.5
  • a-lined out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • b-singled for Jansen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Cron (27), J. Wendle (31)
  • HR - C. Cron (28), B. Lowe (6)
  • SH - M. Duffy
  • RBI - C. Cron 2 (70), J. Wendle (57), B. Lowe 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (30), J. Wendle (19), B. Lowe 2 (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, C. Cron, B. Lowe 3 (3)
BATTING
  • RBI - L. Gurriel (35), A. Diaz (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Diaz (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Davis, R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, R. Urena 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Hernandez (4)
  • CS - K. Pillar (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Pham (4)
  • E - J. Wendle (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Gurriel-Tellez)
  • E - R. Tellez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 21-5)6.230021101.900.9628.5
C. Roe (H, 28)0.10000003.511.030.0
A. Kittredge0.23220006.691.76-5.0
R. Stanek (H, 8)0.10000002.701.070.0
S. Romo (S, 23)1.02000003.661.208.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 21-5)6.2
C. Roe (H, 28)0.1
A. Kittredge0.2
R. Stanek (H, 8)0.1
S. Romo (S, 23)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Borucki (L, 4-5)7.03224703.761.3113.5
J. Biagini0.21110015.771.59-2.0
J. Fernandez0.11221016.001.22-4.0
D. Paulino1.00000001.931.073.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Borucki (L, 4-5)7.0
J. Biagini0.2
J. Fernandez0.1
D. Paulino1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-60, C. Roe 6-3, A. Kittredge 10-6, R. Stanek 2-1, S. Romo 15-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-3, C. Roe 1-0, A. Kittredge 2-0, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, C. Roe, A. Kittredge 5, R. Stanek, S. Romo 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Borucki (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 101-60, J. Biagini 11-6, J. Fernandez 11-5, D. Paulino 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 8-6, J. Biagini 1-1, D. Paulino 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 28, J. Biagini 3, J. Fernandez 3, D. Paulino 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Smith RF-CF50000021.299.370.409.779-1.0
T. Pham LF22100200.273.361.456.8177.0
M. Duffy 3B30000002.295.359.367.7260.0
C. Cron DH41221012.257.326.494.8208.5
J. Wendle SS21110200.301.356.439.7956.0
B. Lowe 2B41121013.233.336.485.8226.5
K. Kiermaier CF30000010.220.284.376.660-0.5
a- A. Meadows PH-RF10000000.294.328.466.7940.0
J. Bauers 1B40000011.198.316.389.705-0.5
J. Sucre C30000110.215.250.260.5100.5
Total315552579-----
HITTERSAB
M. Smith RF-CF5
T. Pham LF2
M. Duffy 3B3
C. Cron DH4
J. Wendle SS2
B. Lowe 2B4
K. Kiermaier CF3
a- A. Meadows PH-RF1
J. Bauers 1B4
J. Sucre C3
Total31
  • a-flied out for Kiermaier in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Davis LF40000010.167.231.167.397-0.5
L. Gurriel SS40010031.282.310.448.758-0.5
A. Diaz 3B40110010.262.296.456.7511.5
R. Grichuk RF40000021.241.296.490.786-1.0
K. Pillar CF40200010.249.279.418.6970.5
R. Tellez 1B40000013.373.385.7251.110-0.5
T. Hernandez DH20000111.239.298.461.7592.5
a- J. Smoak PH-DH10000001.244.354.462.8160.0
D. Jansen C21200100.267.356.467.8234.0
b- K. Morales PH10100000.252.334.443.7771.0
A. Alford PR00000000.125.222.125.3470.0
R. Urena 2B41200014.266.310.354.6642.5
Total38282021214-----
  • a-lined out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • b-singled for Jansen in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Cron (27), J. Wendle (31)
  • HR - C. Cron (28), B. Lowe (6)
  • SH - M. Duffy
  • RBI - C. Cron 2 (70), J. Wendle (57), B. Lowe 2 (21)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Cron 2 (30), J. Wendle (19), B. Lowe 2 (17)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, C. Cron, B. Lowe 3 (3)
BATTING
  • RBI - L. Gurriel (35), A. Diaz (54)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Diaz (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Davis, R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, R. Urena 4 (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Pham (13)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Hernandez (4)
  • CS - K. Pillar (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - T. Pham (4)
  • E - J. Wendle (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Diaz-Gurriel-Tellez)
  • E - R. Tellez (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Snell (W, 21-5)6.230021101.900.9628.5
C. Roe (H, 28)0.10000003.511.030.0
A. Kittredge0.23220006.691.76-5.0
R. Stanek (H, 8)0.10000002.701.070.0
S. Romo (S, 23)1.02000003.661.208.0
Total9.08222110---
PITCHERSIP
B. Snell (W, 21-5)6.2
C. Roe (H, 28)0.1
A. Kittredge0.2
R. Stanek (H, 8)0.1
S. Romo (S, 23)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Borucki (L, 4-5)7.03224703.761.3113.5
J. Biagini0.21110015.771.59-2.0
J. Fernandez0.11221016.001.22-4.0
D. Paulino1.00000001.931.073.0
Total9.0555572---
PITCHERSIP
R. Borucki (L, 4-5)7.0
J. Biagini0.2
J. Fernandez0.1
D. Paulino1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Snell 100-60, C. Roe 6-3, A. Kittredge 10-6, R. Stanek 2-1, S. Romo 15-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Snell 5-3, C. Roe 1-0, A. Kittredge 2-0, S. Romo 1-2
  • Batters Faced - B. Snell 24, C. Roe, A. Kittredge 5, R. Stanek, S. Romo 5
PITCHING
  • IBB - R. Borucki (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Borucki 101-60, J. Biagini 11-6, J. Fernandez 11-5, D. Paulino 19-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Borucki 8-6, J. Biagini 1-1, D. Paulino 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Borucki 28, J. Biagini 3, J. Fernandez 3, D. Paulino 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Diaz singled to left, Urena scored52
    Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Jansen scored, Urena to third51
    Lowe homered to right, Wendle scored50
    Cron homered to left center30
  • 6TH INNING
    Cron doubled to right, Pham scored20
  • 4TH INNING
    Wendle doubled to deep right, Pham scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • David Paulino relieved Jose Fernandez
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bauers grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Sucre grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Smith: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Sergio Romo relieved Ryne Stanek
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar singled to center
    • R. Tellez: Tellez flied out to deep left
    • Justin Smoak hit for Teoscar Hernandez
    • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smoak lined out to right
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Danny Jansen
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Morales singled to center, Pillar to second
    • Anthony Alford ran for Kendrys Morales
    • R. Urena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urena grounded out to first
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Joe Biagini relieved Ryan Borucki
    • T. Pham: Ball, Pham fouled out to first
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Foul, Duffy grounded out to third
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cron homered to left center
    • Jose Fernandez relieved Joe Biagini
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wendle walked
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Lowe homered to right, Wendle scored
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball
    • Meadows flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Andrew Kittredge relieved Chaz Roe
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Jansen reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • R. Urena: Ball, Urena singled to right, Jansen to third, Urena to second
    • J. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded out to third
    • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to shortstop, Jansen scored, Urena to third
    • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz singled to left, Urena scored
    • Ryne Stanek relieved Andrew Kittredge
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk popped out to third
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Bauers grounded out to first
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sucre walked
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith lined out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
    • K. Pillar: Strike swinging, Pillar reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
    • Chaz Roe relieved Blake Snell
    • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • M. Duffy: Duffy hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Pham to second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron doubled to right, Pham scored
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Wendle intentionally walked
    • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Lowe flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • L. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel struck out looking
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • K. Kiermaier: Kiermaier safe at first on 1st baseman Tellez fielding error
    • J. Bauers: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Bauers grounded out to shortstop, Kiermaier out at second
    • J. Sucre: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sucre lined out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Foul, Pillar safe at first on shortstop Wendle throwing error
    • R. Tellez: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Tellez flied out to left
    • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Pillar caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jansen walked, Hernandez to second
    • R. Urena: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez stole third, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • T. Pham: Ball, Ball, Pham singled to left
    • M. Duffy: Ball, Pham stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Duffy flied out to right
    • C. Cron: Cron flied out to right, Pham to third
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Wendle doubled to deep right, Pham scored
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowe grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • L. Gurriel: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk flied out to deep center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
    • J. Sucre: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sucre struck out swinging
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jansen singled to left, Jansen out at second
    • R. Urena: Strike looking, Ball, Urena singled to center
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Davis lined out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Wendle flied out to center
    • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
    • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
    • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
    • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Borucki Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
    • T. Pham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pham walked
    • M. Duffy: Duffy reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Pham out at second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Cron struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Snell Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
    • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Diaz grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)