The Rays lost 1-0 on Thursday night in what turned out to be a great pitchers duel. Jake Odorizzi was outstanding, going 7.1 innings and not allowing a run while only giving up 3 hits, striking out 3 and not walking a batter. Blue Jays’ starter Mark Buehrle was equally impressive as he shut down the Rays’ offense by throwing 8 scoreless innings. The Rays had a great chance to win in the bottom of the 9th but failed to do so.
This game had the makings of a pitchers’ duel from the start. Both starters cruised through the first 7 frames. Wil Myers lined a ball down the left field line in the 6th inning that looked like it might be for extra bases, but Melky Cabrera came up firing though and threw Myers out at second. The call was reviewed and confirmed, and that was about all the excitement there was until the 9th. After Odorizzi was removed from the game in the 8th inning, Brad Boxberger and Jake McGee recorded the last 5 outs to take the Rays to the bottom of the 9th tied 0-0. Then the Rays finally had a chance to score.
Ben Zobrist led off the bottom of the 9th with a single off Brett Cecil and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Myers singled to left to make it runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs. They Rays could not take advantage though, as Cecil then struck out Brandon Guyer, intentionally walked Evan Longoria, and struck out both Logan Forsythe and Sean Rodriguez to escape the jam. This missed opportunity proved costly as Colby Rasmus homered off Steve Geltz in the top of the 10th and the Rays would go quietly in the bottom half.