(St. Petersburg) Alek Manoah suffered his fourth loss this month as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Thursday.
In three innings, the right-hander allowed five runs, three hits and five walks.
Manoah saw his performance drop to 1-5, averaging 5.53. Last year, his record was 16-7, averaging 2.24.
His only victory this year was signed on April 5 in Kansas City.
The Rays led 5–1 after three innings, thanks in part to a one-run double by slugger Josh Lowe.
Randy Arozarena hit a single run while the other three runs in the drive came with two options and an error.
Zach Eflin (7-1) held the Jays to one run and six hits in seven innings.
“He was exceptional on the shot,” said Rays coach Kevin Cash. The hitters were going early in the count and weren’t making very good contacts. This shows the quality of their repertoire. »
Toronto took two points in the ninth before Colin Poche made the save.
Team with the best record in the majors (37-15), the Rays collected no less than seven stolen bases. Two were the work of Wander Franco, second in the Americano with 17 robberies.
The Blue Jays have lost nine of their last 11 meetings.
“It feels like a punch in the face,” said coach John Schneider. We have to start doing better. There needs to be a sense of urgency. »
The Toronto club will play in Minnesota from Friday to Sunday.