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Jays can't hit Chris Archer, lose to Rays

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 1 Rays 5

The Jays scored 37 runs in Mark Buehrle's first three starts, but today they didn't score until long after he left the game.

Mark pretty much pitched his usual game, throw stuff up there, hope they hit it into gloves. He gave up 13 hits, some hard hit balls, but a handful off cheap hits too. Brandon Guyer started the game with a home run against Mark and that was really all the offense the Rays would need. That home run and a Logan Forsythe double were the only extra base hits off of him. But, with 13 hits, over 5.2 innings, you'd expect some runs. The Rays scored 5.

Marco Estrado pitched 1.1 scoreless, giving out 2 walks. Aaron Loup struck out the side in the 8th.

On offense, we couldn't do anything against Chris Archer. He went 7 innings allowed just 2 hits, 1 walk with 7 strikeouts. The Jays had very little for hard hit balls. Dalton Pompey had an double, but most of the contact off Archer was soft.

In all we had 4 hits, singles from Josh Donaldson, Ryan Goins, Russell Martin and Justin Smoak to go with Dalton's double.

Smoak drove in Martin, in the 9th, to save us from a shut out. We had a bit of a mini rally, in the inning, after the Smoak single, an Evan Longoria error put the tying run on deck, but, after a long foul ball, Pompey struck out to end the game.

About the only other thing of note was a couple of poor defensive plays.  Pompey dropped a easy fly ball to left. He backed up a few steps, put up his glove and it hit his glove but it didn't stick. And a ball fell between Devon Travis and Michael Saunders in right. It did tip off Travis' glove but really it was Saunder's ball all the way and he should have called Devon off and made the catch.

I guess there was one good defensive play. Pompey made a nice play on a ball off the left field wall, and made a strong throw, which, with the help of a nice tag by Travis, got Longoria at second. Without playing that ball perfectly off the wall, that's an easy double.

No Jays of the Day.

Suckage: Buehrle gets the number at -.211. I think the entire offense deserves one.

We had 512 comments in the GameThread, not bad for a Sunday afternoon, and a game we really didn't have much to be excited about. I led the way.

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