(Sports Network) - Ramon Ortiz has been a pleasant surprise for the Toronto
Blue Jays. The journeyman right-hander tries to put back-to-back wins together
on Tuesday when the Jays continue a three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays at
Ortiz opened the year at Triple-A Buffalo, but has been terrific since being
recalled, as he has allowed just two runs on 10 hits in 12 innings, while
posting a 1-1 mark.
The 39-year-old righty picked up his first win since 2011 on Wednesday against
San Francisco, limiting the world champs to just a run and six hits in seven
The last time Ortiz pitched that deep in a major league game was as a member
of the Twins on April 22, 2007, vs. the Royals.
"The key right now is I have a lot of confidence in all my pitches, in my
changeup, my slider, my two-seam, my four-seam," said Ortiz, who picked up his
first win as a starter since April 17, 2007. "When you have confidence in your
pitches, you can throw it in any count. And that's what I'm doing right now."
Ortiz has faced the Rays 11 times and is 6-2 against them with a 4.10 ERA.
Tampa Bay will counter with righty Alex Cobb, who is 4-2 with a 2.89 ERA. Cobb
did not get a decision on Thursday against Boston, but pitched well, as he
surrendered a run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings of 4-3 loss.
Cobb beat the Blue Jays the only other time he faced them, as he gave up a run
in seven innings of that one.
Toronto continued to stay on the winning track on Monday, as Edwin
Encarnacion's bases-clearing double in the seventh inning lifted the Blue Jays
to a 7-5 win.
R.A. Dickey (4-5) surrendered three runs -- two earned -- over his first three
innings, but settled down and didn't allow another run over his last five
frames. He struck out five in all and gave up four hits and four walks in the
"He was on a nice little roll," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "If you
look at the way he's pitched, he usually gets a little stronger as the game
goes on. He finds that groove."
Melky Cabrera added an RBI double among his two hits for Toronto, which has
won five of its last seven tilts.
Evan Longoria tallied two hits, two RBI and a run scored, while Yunel Escobar
smacked a two-run homer for the Rays, who had won nine of their last 11
Jake Odorizzi, who was acquired from Kansas City in the deal that sent James
Shields to the Royals, started in place of the injured David Price and fanned
six, but allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over five innings.
"I saw the typical good composure, some nice stuff," Rays manager Joe Maddon
Despite Monday's loss, Tampa has won 12 of 18 north of the border. The
Rays, though, split a four-game series with the Jays at home earlier in the
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