Lueke falters as Rays drop Odorizzi's debut, 7-5
TORONTO - Jake Odorizzi overcame a shaky beginning to give the Rays a decent first start, but reliever Josh Lueke couldn't do his part as the Rays ended up losing to the Jays 7-5 in a Victoria Day holiday matinee in Toronto.
The Rays, who had won three straight in Baltimore, dropped to 23-21.
Odorizzi gave up two runs in a 29-pitch first inning and then another in the second, but settled down and retired 10 of his last 11 hitters in working five innings total. The 23-year-old, called up to take the place of injured David Price, allowed three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out six. He was pulled after 92 pitches.
The Rays tied with some hustle and muscle, Sam Fuld beating out a potential double-play to score Evan Longoria in the second, and then Longoria - who already had extended his career-best hitting streak to 14 games, doubling in Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist.
The score was 3-3 until the seventh when the Rays turned to Lueke, who had been impressive since his call-up. But he was not sharp today, walking the bases loaded - around a sac bunt and a hard line out toleft - and then giving up a smash into the leftfield corner by Edwin Encarnacion that scored three runs.
The Jays tacked on another run vs. Kyle Farnsworth in the eighth.
The Rays closed the gap from 7-3 to 7-5 when former Jay Yunel Escobar, booed throughout the day by the Rogers Centre fans, hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. He took a slow trot around the bases and slashed his arms - like an exaggerated safe sign - when he crossed the plate.
The Rays got two more on but Ben Zobrist struck out to end it.
The Rays play the second game of their series with the Jays on Tuesday night, with RHP Alex Cobb taking on veteran RHP Ramon Ortiz.