Robbie Ray loses no-hit bid in 7th inning, helps Blue Jays avoid series sweep

Robbie Ray took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the visiting Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Sunday, ending the Rays’ six-game winning streak.

The left-hander’s bid ended with one out when Yandy Diaz was awarded a double after a fan reached over the left-field fence and tried to catch his drive. If the ball had not been interfered with, it would have struck the wall and not been catchable by left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Ray (7-4) allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his ninth game this season of nine or more strikeouts, tying New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom for most in the majors.

Tim Mayza worked a perfect eighth. Jordan Romano gave up Brandon Lowe’s solo homer and a single to Diaz before getting his seventh save in the final game for both teams before the all-star break.

Danny Jansen put the Blue Jays up 1-0 during the third with his fourth homer.

Santiago Espinal had an RBI single and Cavan Biggio hit a sacrifice fly as the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the fourth.

Rich Hill (6-4) gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.

Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette had an infield single in four at-bats in his 162nd MLB game. Through that many games, Bichette leads the franchise in hits (203), runs (121), RBI (101) and extra-base hits (79).

Encouraging news

Rays minor leaguer Tyler Zombro, struck in the head by a line drive June 3 while pitching for triple-A Durham, said on his Twitter account this weekend that he continues making progress in his recovery.

“To everyone who continues to reach out about my progress, thank you! Over the last couple of weeks my cognitive function has improved greatly, and I have tested out of both speech and occupational therapy. I continue PT sessions with concussion specialists at Duke.”

Pitching enforcements

The Rays entered Sunday with an American League-best ERA of 3.51 and will be adding depth over the next month.

Right-hander Chris Archer (right forearm tightness) will pitch for the minor league FCL Rays Monday, with RHP Oliver Drake (right flexor tendon strain) following him on Tuesday.

 Ryan Thompson (right shoulder inflammation) is nearing a rehab assignment, and fellow reliever Nick Anderson (right elbow strain) is throwing off a mound.

Up next

Blue Jays: Start a three-game home series in Buffalo, New York, on Friday night against Texas.

Rays: Begin a three-game trip Friday night at Atlanta.

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