Blue Jays swept in doubleheader, lose series finale 6-4 against the Cardinals

Apr 27, 2017; St. Louis , MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Casey Lawrence (59) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2017; St. Louis , MO, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Casey Lawrence (59) pitches during the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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There was no time for the Toronto Blue Jays to dwell on the events from game one of today’s doubleheader.

The Toronto Blue Jays were looking to end this rollercoaster of a road trip on a positive note at Busch Stadium for game two of the doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Casey Lawrence had a poor outing for the Blue Jays.  In his second career start, Lawrence pitched five innings, allowing 10 hits on six earned runs, three breaking balls, and one strikeout. Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals had a stronger outing. The veteran pitched six innings, allowing nine hits on four earned runs, one breaking ball, and four strikeouts.

The Cardinals followed up on their walk-off victory in the bottom of the first with a three-run inning.

Matt Carpenter grounded out to Darwin Barney as Dexter Fowler scored the first run of the game. Then, Stephen Piscotty hit a sacrifice fly to centre field to score Greg Garcia, and Matt Adams doubled to left field to score Randal Grichuk.

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There was hope for the Blue Jays when they loaded up the bases in the top of the second. Lawrence surprisingly beat out a double-play to keep the bases loaded. They didn’t score any runs after Kevin Pillar popped out to right field to end the inning.

Lawrence got roughed up even more in the bottom of the second when Fowler hit a solo home run to centre on a 2-2 count. That gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. Adams would score Piscotty in the bottom of the third to make it 5-0.

To add more salt to the wound, Wainwright scored on Piscotty’s ground out. Making it 6-0 for the Cardinals.

The Blue Jays found life in the top of the fifth. Pillar hit a RBI infield single to score Barney- giving the Blue Jays their first run of the game. Kendrys Morales delivered with a three-run homer to right field. Morales scored Pillar and Chris Coghlan as the Blue Jays cut the lead to 6-4.

After Lawrence didn’t allow a run in the bottom of the fifth, Aaron Loup would have to carry some of the weight. Loup would walk the three batters he faced until he struck out Jedd Gyroko to end the bottom of the sixth.

Wainwright would be pulled for Brett Cecil with Devon Travis on first, and one out in the top of the seventh. Travis stole second, and third base with two outs but Ezequiel Carrera popped out on a full count.

Danny Barnes faced two Cardinals in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth. Thanks to a great play by Jose Bautista and some strikeouts, Barnes left the inning unscathed.

Trevor Rosenthal blew threw the Blue Jays three batters in the top of the ninth. He struck out Ryan Goins and Justin Smoak then he got Travis to ground out to end the game.

The Cardinals (11-11) sweep the doubleheader with a final score of 6-4. The Blue Jays (6-16) fall to 10 games below .500.

Wainwright (2-3) was credited with the win, Lawrence (0-3) took the loss as Rosenthal picked up his first save of the season.

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The Blue Jays will go home to the Rogers Centre to take on the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend.

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