Jays’ Early Misery Continues

Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana homered as the Milwaukee Brewers edged Toronto 4-3 Tuesday to spoil the Blue Jays’ home opener and extend their early-season misery.
At 1-6, Toronto is off to its worst start ever.
The Jays have lost six straight home openers and seven of their last eight. The last win was against Minnesota in 2011.
Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs for Toronto with two doubles — both on 0-2 counts — and a sacrifice fly. The Jays shortstop came into the game 3-of-24 but had six RBI.
Tulowitzki and Kendrys Morales accounted for all five of Toronto’s hits.
Jays starter J.A. Happ (2-0) was pulled in the fifth after a 102-pitch outing that yielded four runs, nine hits, eight strikeouts and more than a few hard hit balls.
The Toronto bullpen — Dominic Leone, Joe Smith, Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Roberto Osuna in his season debut after being sidelined by neck spasms — retired 13 of the next 16 Brewer batters.
Osuna gave up a single in a 14-pitch ninth inning. Neftali Feliz pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Brewers (3-5) for his second save with pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson, who started on the bench because of a sore calf, striking out.
Despite a glorious day outside, the Rogers Centre roof — which just completed a two-year $10-million retrofit — was closed. It was 20 degrees Celsius inside, 14 outside as the Jays took the field before a sellout crowd of 48,456 fans waving giveaway rally towels.
Manager John Gibbons was calm prior to the game.
“I’ve got a ton of confidence in the guys. They’re confident. But you never like a start like we’ve have. But at this point there’s nothing you can do about that.”
Going into the home opener, Toronto had been held to two runs or less in four of its six starts.
It was the start of a nine-game Toronto homestand that also features visit by Baltimore and Boston.
Source: Canadian Press/Neil Davidson
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