James Shields shuts out the Jays

James Shields pitched a four-hitter for his second consecutive complete game and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-0. Ben Zobrist was the difference maker with a two-run homer. Shields struck out seven, walked two and lowered his ERA to 2.35. It’s the third time in Rays history that a pitcher has won back-to-back complete games. Rolando Arrojo did it in 1998 and Albie Lopez did it in 2000.

The Rays, who were 0-6 to start the season, won for the 10th time in 14 games following a 1-8 start and are now 11-11.

Tampa Bay starters have worked seven or more innings in 11 of the past 12 games and posted a 2.46 ERA over that span.

Toronto was shut out for the first time this season, but are now 9-12 on the season.

Ricky Romero pitched effectively for the Jays and he Shields finished this game in a sweet 125 minutes.