Rays can't dig out of Glasnow's 1st-inning hole

Righty gives up 7 runs in two-thirds of an inning; Kiermaier hits 2 HRs

September 6th, 2018

TORONTO -- didn't get out of the first inning Wednesday night, as the Rays took a 10-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

"I don't think it gets much worse than that," said Glasnow, who lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his shortest career start. "Just have to forget about it and get the next one."

Tampa Bay saw its winning streak snapped at four games while taking only its third loss in its last 16 games.

Though disappointing, the loss couldn't diminish the fact that the Rays had a winning road trip. Making stops in Atlanta, Cleveland and Toronto, Tampa Bay returned home with a 5-3 mark, putting the team at 75-64 on the season and still clinging to the hope of earning an American League Wild Card spot in this year's postseason.

Glasnow had been dominating in his previous six starts with the Rays since coming over in the July 31 trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pirates. He'd gone 0-2 with a 3.23 ERA, striking out 38 in 30 2/3 innings.

On Wednesday night, he looked out of sorts from the beginning when he walked the leadoff batter before uncorking the first of two wild pitches.

Three consecutive singles followed, putting the Blue Jays up, 2-0. One out later, he surrendered another RBI single before hit a three-run homer.

Two strikeouts later, Glasnow should have been out of the inning. Instead, he delivered his second wild pitch on strike three to . That ended his night after 39 pitches, with McKinney reaching first base.

Glasnow allowed seven runs on five hits while walking two and striking out two to take his fifth loss of the season.

Pham resting until Friday with sore groin

"He wasn't able to land his breaking ball," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "That probably was the difference. The Blue Jays' lineup kind of realized that and really fastball hunted and didn't miss them. But you know what, Tyler will bounce back.

"He's put together a really nice string building up [to be a starter again after relieving for Pittsburgh]. Today was just not his day, and I think a lot of that was [because] he didn't have the offspeed pitch to complement the fastball."

paced the Rays' offense with two home runs off Blue Jays starter , giving him the third multi-home run game of his career.

"It's not going to be easy [earning a spot in the postseason]," Kiermaier said. "... We have to do a lot of things right and hope a couple of other teams falter down the stretch. But it's one of those things, we know we're not going to win every game from here on out. That's just not how this game works. We want to do that more often than not, but tonight just wasn't our night."

SOUND SMART

Rays pitching had held the Blue Jays to five hits or fewer in seven consecutive games prior to the Blue Jays breaking loose for 16 hits Wednesday night.

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS

Kiermaier laced a deep drive to right field with two outs in the third. Blue Jays right fielder raced back to make a leaping catch at the wall, robbing Kiermaier of extra bases. Kiermaier stopped midway between first and second to applaud Grichuk's effort, tipping his helmet before playfully pushing Grichuk when he ran toward the Blue Jays' dugout.

"Grichuk made a really good play on me there," Kiermaier said. "I told him that was a heck of a play, don't ever do it again. Just messing with him. It was a good play. Tipped my hat."

HE SAID IT

"You win two, you want to do everything you can to win the third one. But they came out and they beat us." -- Cash, on not getting a sweep of the Blue Jays

UP NEXT

will start Friday night when the Rays host the Orioles in the first game of a three-game series at 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field. He went 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA in five August starts, tying the club record for wins in the month. Right-hander will start for the Orioles.