TORONTO—Starter Aaron Sanchez and the Toronto Blue Jays experienced a reversal of fortune yesterday when the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a seven-run disadvantage to score a 10-9 win.
A day after the Blue Jays overcame a 9-2 deficit to win 10-9 in the 12th inning on a Teoscar Hernandez walk-off homer, Sanchez was on the verge of ending his three-month-long winless streak only to watch Toronto cough up its own lead.
He departed with an 8-3 lead after 95 pitches—67 for strikes—and 10 strikeouts in a walk-less 5 2/3 innings. He started the game with a club-record six straight strikeouts and allowed only a Ji-Man Choi single in the first 13 batters he faced.
Sanchez (3-14) has not won since Toronto defeated the Oakland A's 7-1 at home on April 27.
The righty failed to win his next 16 starts, which included 13 losses and three no-decisions. He had lost 10 in a row before his impressive no-decision shutout outing against Cleveland last Tuesday.
Sanchez left Rays catcher Travis d'Arnaud on second base after he smacked a two-run with a double. Blue Jays reliever Justin Shafer yielded a Nate Lowe single to centre field to score d'Arnaud and make it 8-4.
But Toronto pushed another run across in the bottom of the inning when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled to right field to knock in his third RBI of the game.
But as good as the Toronto relievers were on Saturday when they combined to no-hit the Rays in the final six innings of the game, Shafer, Joe Biagini and David Phelps floundered.
Biagini surrendered a two-run shot to Choi in the seventh inning. Guillermo Heredia smashed a two-run blast, and Willy Adames made it back-to-back blasts with a solo shot off Phelps in the eighth to tie the game.
That set the stage to score the go-ahead run in the ninth. Toronto reliever Daniel Hudson loaded the bases with two walks and a single to Austin Meadows.
Hudson gave way to Derek Law. The first batter he faced, Joey Wendle, hit a chopper to second base to score the decisive run.
Amidst the wild game, the Blue Jays traded veteran utility Eric Sogard to the Rays before reportedly shipping Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets. The trades could open a roster spot for minor-league infielder Bo Bichette to join the team for the Blue Jays series in Kansas City.
In other AL action, Minnesota blasted the Chicago White Sox 11-1; Kansas City dumped Cleveland 9-6; the L.A. Angels edged Baltimore 5-4; Oakland shaded Texas 6-5; Seattle snuck by Detroit 3-2 (10 innings); and the N.Y. Yankees downed Boston 9-6.
Houston beat St. Louis 6-2 in interleague play.
Over in the NL, Philadelphia dispatched Atlanta 9-4; Cincinnati eked by Colorado 3-2; the N.Y. Mets defeated Pittsburgh 8-7; Miami dumped Arizona 5-1; Washington crushed the L.A. Dodgers 11-4; the Chicago Cubs spanked Milwaukee 11-4; and San Francisco got past San Diego 7-6.