Toronto Blue Jays vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Game Report - June 9, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Blue Jays (2) - Diamondbacks (8)
Ketel Marte’s home run ignited an eight-run third inning as the Arizona Diamondbacks crush the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Sunday afternoon.
Marte went 1-for-5 with the solo home run for Arizona (34-32) who scored 22 runs in the three-game road sweep of the Blue Jays.
Seven of the eight runs in the third inning were scored with two outs. Starter Clayton Richard allowed three singles, two walks, and a triple following Marte’s homer, allowing seven of the eight runs.
Kevin Cron, Carson Kelly, and Tim Locastro each drove in multiple runs to fuel the Arizona offence.
Robbie Ray (5-3) earned the win, allowing just two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 10. He was the third consecutive Arizona starter to earn the win in the series.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. continued to hit well, connecting on his fifth home run of the season in the bottom of the first.
Danny Jansen extended the Toronto (23-42) lead to 2-0 in the second inning with a double to left field. That was all the offence the Blue Jays could muster. They have now scored two or fewer runs in four straight games.
Richard (0-2) took the loss, allowing seven runs on seven hits and two walks, failing to get out of the third inning.
Cron’s two-run single to left field followed Marte’s homer and gave the Diamondbacks the 3-2 lead.
After another single by Jarrod Dyson, Locastro blew the game wide open with a three-run triple down the left-field line, putting Arizona ahead 6-2.
Carson Kelly, put the game on ice, hitting a two-run home run off reliever Thomas Pannone to extend the lead to 8-2.
The Blue Jays will have Monday off before traveling to Baltimore for a three-game series against the Orioles. Trent Thornton (1-4, 4.73 ERA) will take on Baltimore starter John Means (5-4, 2.67 ERA).