ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Matt Duffy saved his best for last.
Duffy's ground ball found a hole between third and short with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning yesterday afternoon and drove in the game's only run in Tampa Bay's win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
“After seeing that many zeroes, it's definitely awesome to come out on top in that game,” Duffy said after a game in which eight pitchers gave up a total of 10 hits.
Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who doubled with one out and moved to third base on a ground-out.
Diego Castillo (1-0) got his first major-league win after pitching two innings of relief.
Ryan Tepera (3-2) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the Jays, who were swept in the three-game series and now have lost five-of-six to the Rays this season.
It was the 12th time the Jays have scored one run or none this season, and the first time since August, 2011 they were held without an extra-base hit for a second-straight game.
“I have no explanation for it. It's the way it is,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Curtis Granderson had the first three of Toronto's five hits (lead-off singles in the first, third, and fifth innings) and was the only runner to reach third base until Smith in the ninth.
With two outs in the Toronto ninth, Aldemys Diaz hit a line drive off Castillo that was caught by left-fielder Johnny Field near the top of the wall—the best-hit ball of the game by far.
“Luckily, I was playing deep and it was high enough that it didn't seem like one of those no-doubters off the bat,” Field said.
“He got under it just enough to give me a chance to get back there.”
Toronto starter J.A. Happ allowed one hit and three walks in five innings.
He was lifted after throwing 98 pitches, including 30 in the first inning.
“I try to give credit where credit is due. I thought they did a good job of fouling some good pitches off,” said Happ.
"They made it difficult.
“Certainly, I'd like to go more than five innings, but I was happy to keep them off the board,” he added.
Rays' starter Wilmer Font gave up two hits in 3 1/3 innings while Matt Andriese gave up two hits in 3 2/3 innings.
“That's two days in a row now that the bullpen came in and really picked us up in a big way,” said Rays' manager Kevin Cash.
“They pieced it together really well.”
Jays' third baseman Josh Donaldson (left calf tightness) was to run the bases today and if all goes well, he could join 'AAA' Buffalo on Friday.
Right-handed pitcher Marcus Stroman (shoulder) was scheduled to start a minor-league assignment last night with Class 'A' Dunedin against Charlotte.
Elsewhere in the AL, Detroit beat Minnesota 5-2, Boston downed Baltimore 5-1, Seattle topped L.A. 8-6, Chicago edged Cleveland 3-2, and Houston dumped Oakland 13-5.
Over in the NL, Atlanta blanked New York 2-0, Milwaukee edged Chicago 1-0, Pittsburgh nipped Arizona 5-4, Colorado dumped Philadelphia 7-2, Miami topped San Francisco 5-4, and San Diego doubled St. Louis 4-2.