Blue Jays beat Rays with solid pitching - FOX 13 News

Blue Jays beat Rays with solid pitching

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The Blue Jays beat the Rays tonight 3-0, and again, the story was pitching -- Toronto pitching. Mark Buehrle was untouchable. He repeatedly frustrated the Rays tonight, throwing a shutout, working 8 2/3rds of an inning -- before he left the game with two out in the bottom of the 9th.

Buehrle only gave up four hits, struck out 11 and only walked one batter. He was just unhittable. The Toronto starter retired the side in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 7th innings.

Jose Bautista did the damage for the Blue Jays cranking out two home runs, one in the fourth and then another solo shot in the seventh to put Toronto up 3-0.

Matt Moore got the start for the Rays, and like Alex Cobb in game two, he struggled with his command.

He worked 5 and 2/3 gave up six hits and two out of the three runs. Moore also walked three batters, which is really unusual and struck out four. Joe Maddon ended up sending six pitchers to the mound after Matt Moore left the game in the 5th inning.

The Rays did make it interesting in the bottom of the 9th -- all of it coming with two outs. Ben Zobrist lined to left and then took second. Evan Longoria walked, so there was were two on and two outs for Matt Joyce, who has been swinging a hot bat -- remember Joyce went 2-2 in the first game against Toronto and 2 for 3 in the second driving in three runs over the first two games -- but Joyce goes down swinging and Toronto takes the game 3-0.

Just a frustrating game for the Rays lineup -- but not many fans were in the Trop to see it. Like Game 2, the attendance was minimal -- the turnstyle count looked to be around 9,000 plus fans, and there were a lot of empty blue seats.

The Rays only had just over 11,000 and that's announced attendance -- which is different than the actual turnstyle count.

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