The Toronto Blue Jays begin defense of their first AL East title in 22 years with a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Marcus Stroman outpitched Chris Archer in his first opening day start. The 24-year-old allowed just six hits, striking out five batters and allowing just one walk.
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first inning when Edwin Encarnacion singled to right field, driving in Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista. After the Rays scored a single run in the fourth, the Jays answered back in the fifth with a run scoring single from Kevin Pillar.
Troy Tulowitzki extended Toronto’s lead to 5-1 with the very first home run of the season in the top of the eighth, a two-run shot.
After scoring a run in the top of the eighth, the Rays made it interesting in the ninth, but Roberto Osuna shut down the Rays for his first save of the season.
R.A. Dickey gets the nod as the Blue Jays continue their season opening series against LHP Drew Smyly and the Rays at 7:10 PM. Against the Jays, Smyly is 1-0 with a 1.10 ERA and 0.49 WHIP in 16.1 IP, with a complete game shutout.