Jays rookie Reid-Foley brings the heat in win over Marlins

MIAMI – The pink flamingos in centre field at Marlins Park are certainly less intimidating than the short porch in right field of Yankee Stadium.

But it was more than the change of scenery that led to an outstanding outing by Blue Jays rookie starter Sean Reid-Foley on Sunday afternoon.

The fire-balling right-hander struck out the first three Marlins he faced and never looked back leading the Jays to a 6-1 win to take the series 2-1.

“Shoot, he was fantastic,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He was popping the ball. That’s the best we’ve seen it. Those first two starts and then he went back down and he had a lot of confidence coming into today.”

In his previous start in the Bronx, Reid-Foley was rocked hard giving up eight runs in 4.1 innings of work. He went back down to triple-A Buffalo for a couple of weeks, collected himself and came back in good form.

“He looked confident,” Gibbons said. “It’s never easy making your first couple of starts  Yankee Stadium can bring a lot of guys to their knees when they’re just starting out.

“I was very impressed. That’s the guy we’ve heard about.”

Reid-Foley’s 10 strikeouts matches Jerry Garvin as the most by a Jays pitcher in their first three starts. And that goes all the way back to 1977.

“Fastball command, it wasn’t really there the first two (starts),” Reid-Foley said of the differences in his third start and first big-league win. “It just worked out.”

The big test was when Reid-Foley allowed one run in the fifth but pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam.

“It was kind of a figure-it-out-type of moment,” Reid-Foley said of the mound visit from Gibbons and the success that followed.

AROUND THE BASES

Offensively the big blast of the day for the Jays was a three-run homer from Teoscar Hernandez in the fifth. It was the outfielder’s 18th round tripper of the season but the first since August 9, a 17-game drought which was his longest with the Jays … It was a big day at the plate for catcher Luke Maille as well. The bat was booming to the tune of a career-high three doubles … The first three Jays runs were scored on sacrifice flies, a season high. They had five in the series … Marcus Stroman is expected to be activated off the disabled list on Monday and will get the start at the Rogers Centre in the first of three games against the Tampa Rays … Gibbons said that starters for games Tuesday and Wednesday are to be announced.

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