The Tampa Bay Rays played ace Shane McClanahan in Toronto on Thursday, and the Toronto Blue Jays suffered an 11-0 loss.
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McClanahan (12-5) has been limited to five innings on the mound since being sidelined since Aug. 30 with a left shoulder injury.
Still, the Rays starter showed up in great form, giving up just three hits and a walk. The lefty, who hit 100 miles per hour on some pitches, also struck out five.
For the Jays, George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez each had four at bats in Thursday’s game. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. he had just one hit, a single, in four at-bats. Nothing that pays tribute to the legendary Roberto Clemente on this September 15th, which is dedicated to him every year in major league baseball.
The Rays led 5-0 after eight innings. They added insult to injury with six extra points in nine in front of 23,820 despondent fans in Toronto. At least those who didn’t leave the Rogers Center before the meeting ended.
The fight to the end
Losing to the Rays (80-63), Toronto’s 81-63 lineup melted its half-game lead against this opponent in the standings. The two clubs in the American League East division are fighting for a place among the draft teams.
Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (12-10) took the loss. He gave up five runs after working seven innings. Still, Gausman had seven strikeouts, bringing his Jays-high total to 186 this season.
Since the start of the season, McClanahan has a 12-5 record and a 2.13 earned run average. He also had 187 strikeouts in 152 1/3 innings.
– The Blue Jays will still be at home Friday through Sunday with a visit from the Baltimore Orioles.