- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

TORONTO (AP) - Marcus Stroman has seen a lot of the Tampa Bay Rays this season.

He might want to wait a while before facing them again.

Chris Archer pitched six innings to win his third straight decision, Brad Miller had three hits and three RBIs and the Rays routed Stroman and the Blue Jays 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Starting against Tampa Bay for the third time this season, Stroman (4-1) allowed career-worsts of seven runs and 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings, and the slumping Blue Jays lost their fourth straight.

“I felt great,” Stroman said. “I just felt like I couldn’t get ahead in counts.”

Stroman had pitched eight innings to win each of his previous outings against the Rays, allowing two earned runs while fanning 14.

“He’s pitched us really, really tough this year,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

This time, things didn’t work out so well for Stroman.

“You’ve got to think about the familiarity,” Cash said. “That’s the third time we’ve seen him. I don’t think that’s really advantageous to any pitcher.”

For the second night in a row, the Rays handed a previously unbeaten Blue Jays starter his first loss of the season. Left-hander J.A. Happ, who came in 5-0, allowed a season-worst eight runs in two innings on Monday.

Logan Morrison had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who beat Toronto 13-2 on Monday. Tampa Bay has scored in each of the first three innings in back-to-back games for the first time in team history.

Tampa Bay matched Monday’s season high of 17 hits and reached double figures in runs in consecutive games for the first time since doing it against the Yankees on April 18 and 19, 2014.

The last time the Rays had at least 17 hits in back-to-back games was April 12 and 13, 2009, when they did it against Baltimore and New York.

Archer (3-4) allowed two runs, both on Jose Bautista’s first-inning homer, and four hits. This was his 18th start against Toronto, six more than he’s made against any other opponent.

Bautista was in the lineup after appealing a one-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing brawl at Texas on Sunday. He hit a two-run home run off Archer in the first, his seventh.

Bautista declined to discuss specifics of his appeal, but said he was “confident” in his case.

“I think I have good enough reasons,” he said. “I’m not just appealing it for the sake of appealing it.”

Toronto manager John Gibbons began serving his three-game suspension for his role in Sunday’s brawl, while first base coach Tim Leiper served his one-game penalty. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale replaced Gibbons and assistant hitting coach Eric Owens filled in for Leiper.

“One of those games you put behind you as quick as possible,” Hale said.

Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Chavez was available after appealing his three-game suspension for hitting Texas slugger Prince Fielder with a pitch.

ROSTER SHUFFLE

Toronto recalled ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte from Triple-A and activated INF Jimmy Paredes, who was claimed on waivers from Baltimore on Monday. RHP Dustin Antolin and INF Andy Burns were optioned to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Rays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-2, 3.83) is winless in eight starts, matching the second-longest winless start to a season in Rays history. RHP Tanyon Sturtze was winless in 15 straight starts to begin the 2002 season.

Blue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (2-4, 4.31) will pitch Wednesday’s series finale for Toronto. He’s 8-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 23 career games against the Rays.


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