“I was locating pretty well, all my pitches,” Estrada said. “And that last inning, a bloop hit, I couldn’t make the play on a bunt, next thing you know it’s 5-1. I’m not really sure what happened. Just kind of got out of hand.”
When he began the sixth inning, Estrada had given up only two runs in 22 1/3 career innings at Tropicana Field. Bobby Wilson, Logan Forsythe, Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria opened the inning with consecutive singles. After a walk to Brad Miller brought in a second run, Duffy cleared the bases with his double and get Estrada out of the game.
“We’ve not had much success against Marco Estrada, but we got him enough tonight,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We put one big inning together…the big bases-loaded double looked like the hit of the night.”
Rookie Blake Snell (5-7) got the win after giving up one run and two hits while striking out seven in six innings.
The Blue Jays will have to win their remaining four games against the Rays to win their season series for only the second time in the last 11 years. Toronto is 6-9 against Tampa Bay and 25-16 against the rest of the AL East this season, and 31-61 at Tropicana Field since 2006.
“This year, last year, the year before that. How far do you want to go back?” Gibbons said. “Historically they’ve always played us tough. Who knows why? I’ve often thought their pitching has always been really good. They always hold us in check for the most part. We’ve always had trouble with them.”