Rays hammer Blue Jays, Indians unleash


It was a night to forget for Toronto Blue Jays start J.A. Happ as he allowed eight runs over two-plus innings as the Tampa Bay Rays helped themselves to a brilliant start and an unassailable lead.

The Rays scored runs in all of their first four innings and finished with four homers for the game, while their left-handed start Drew Smyly did not allow a run until the fifth as Tampa Bay ran out 13-2 winners away from home.

It rained runs in Cleveland as well, where the Indians defeated the Cincinnati Reds 15-6 in a triumphant display with the bat in the opener of the annual Ohio Cup matchup.

Marlon Byrd and Yan Gomes hit the pick of the homers with their long-bomb efforts, while all Indian starts notched hits, with Francisco Lindor going three-for-five.

The Detroit Tigers were another team to hit double figures as they posted a 10-8 win over the Minnesota Twins, with 14 hits for the day and eight runs in the first inning.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also unleashed in a 12-2 thrashing of the New York Yankees.

Elsewhere, the Oakland Athletics edged the Texas Rangers 3-1, and the Los Angeles Angels won their local affair 7-6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Meanwhile, the Boston Red Sox match against the Kansas City Royals was postponed.



Indians catcher Gomes went two-for-four with a home run and four RBIs in a 15-6 win over the Reds.