MLB: Robbie Ray makes Blue Jays history with 14 strikeouts in win

TORONTO – Robbie Ray struck out 14 batters in seven innings, Alejandro Kirk allowed Teoscar Hernandez to break the tie in the eighth and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Reliever Tim Mayza (4-1) shut out the White Sox in the eighth, paving the way for Jordan Romano’s 13th save of the season.

Hernandez scored a single with two strikeouts at the expense of reliever Aaron Bummer (2-5). He moved to second on a single from designated hitter Breyvic Valera and crossed plate when Kirk in turn hit a single to center field.

“I was talking to myself, I was trying to be good at batting and get a hit,” Kirk told a translator. Thank goodness it happened and we won. « 

The Blue Jays doubled their lead when Jose Ruiz allowed Randal Grichuk a walk as the goals were filled. The White Sox could have ended the inning earlier, but third baseman Yoan Moncanda misjudged a bouncing ball hit by Lourdes Gurriel Jr..

The White Sox (73-55) scored their only point of the game in the third, at the expense of Ray. Leury Garcia started the set with a single and scored on a Moncanda single just inside right field.

The Blue Jays (66-59) tied for the fourth when Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who had reached first base with a single, crossed the plate on a triple from Corey Dickerson at the expense of Lucas Giolito.

Ray went on a nine-out streak before allowing Jose Abreu a walk in the sixth.

“Evenings like tonight are pretty special,” said Ray. The team worked hard to win in the end. It was a very pleasant game, in short. « 

The White Sox hit back-to-back singles in the seventh over Ray, who hit the 100-pitch mark. The southpaw went on to frustrate Seby Zavala and Tim Anderson, tying his career high with 14 strikeouts in the game.

“The more he throws, the better he gets,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said of Ray. He’s that kind of guy. He knows a whole season. « 

Ray allowed five hits, one earned run and one walk.

Giolito also allowed five hits, one earned run and one walk, but occupied the mound one set less and struck out just six batters.

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