Reyes leaves with sore ribs and expects to miss more time, Jays fall short in 4-2 loss to Rays



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TORONTO — Jose Reyes needs to give his sore ribs a rest, which means the Blue Jays need to find a new leadoff hitter for the next few games.

Chris Archer struck out 11 in seven shutout innings, pinch-hitter Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer in the sixth and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday night.

Reyes left after one at-bat with soreness in his left ribs. He grimaced and held his side after grounding out in the first inning. Once back in the dugout, he slammed his batting helmet to the ground and disappeared up the tunnel to the clubhouse. He was replaced by Ryan Goins, who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo earlier Thursday.

"I'm going to take some days off and see, with some rest, if it calms down a little bit," Reyes said.

Manager John Gibbons said rookie second baseman Devon Travis, who raised his average to .343 with two hits Thursday, is a candidate to replace Reyes at the top of the order.

Reyes said he's been sore since a check swing against Baltimore last Friday. The soreness is worse when he bats left-handed, which he did against Archer Thursday, and he hasn't been able to take batting practice the past two days.

"The last few games, I wasn't able to swing the bat the way I want to," Reyes said. "It was very uncomfortable for me."

In the finale of their first series of the season, the Rays and Blue Jays set the stage for retaliation when they meet in Florida in eight days, with three batters hit by pitches.

Rays third baseman Evan Longoria left in the eighth after he was hit on the left hip by a pitch from Marco Estrada, one inning after Archer drilled Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion on the left elbow.

"I think there was some intent there," Rays manager Kevin Cash said of the pitch that hit Longoria.

The Rays and Blue Jays still have 15 games remaining, starting with a three-game series that opens April 24 at Tropicana Field.

"It should make for an interesting rest of the year against these guys," Longoria said.

Even though he felt he was drilled intentionally, Longoria said he wasn't angry at Estrada, his former college teammate at Long Beach State.

"We have a history of friendship," Longoria said. "I don't have any hard feelings toward him."

Cash said Longoria was day-to-day. The Rays return home Friday to begin a three-game series against the Yankees.

"He got dinged pretty good, but we've got a flight to factor in, just sitting and getting up in the air and stuff," Cash said. "We'll evaluate it tomorrow."

After Mikie Mahtook came on to pinch run for Longoria, an animated Archer leaned against the top railing of the Rays' first base dugout, yelling and gesturing at Toronto's bench. Home plate umpire Laz Diaz eventually removed his mask and walked toward Archer, telling him to calm down. Archer also hit Toronto catcher Russell Martin in the second.

"I could care less what that guy does," Toronto's Josh Donaldson said of Archer's antics. "He's on the other team. I'm more focused on my team."

In the bottom of the eighth, Rays reliever Steve Geltz hit Donaldson on the left hand. Cash asked for a review, then was ejected when the call was upheld. It was the first ejection for Cash, who argued with Diaz before leaving.

Archer (2-1) allowed just two hits and two walks, lowering his ERA to 1.37.

Steve Geltz and Kevin Jepsen worked the eighth and Brad Boxberger finished for his fourth save.

Tampa Bay chased Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez in the sixth, which began with a double by Longoria. It was the 230th double of Longoria's career, moving him past Ben Zobrist into first place on the Rays' all-time list.

One out later, left-hander Aaron Loup came on for Sanchez, and Beckham replaced Allan Dykstra. Beckham fell behind 0-2 before hooking a home run around the left field foul screen.

Sanchez (0-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings. He walked three and struck out four.

SCORING CHANGE

After review, Travis was credited with a three-run double from an April 12 game at Baltimore. The play was originally ruled an error on Orioles OF Travis Snider.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: DeJesus slid hard into Travis' left leg while breaking up a double play in the third. The trainer came out to check on Travis, who remained in the game.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto hosts Atlanta in the opener of the three-game series Friday. Braves RH Julio Teheran (2-0) faces Blue Jays RH Drew Hutchison (1-0). Hutchison lost his only career start against the Braves, while Teheran took a no-decision in his lone career start against Toronto.

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