Esmil Rogers pitches gem as Jays down Diamondbacks

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra (left) is congratulated by teammate Anthony Gose after...

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra (left) is congratulated by teammate Anthony Gose after scoring a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during MLB interleague play in Phoenix, September 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:19 PM ET

It has been a hot and cold first season as a starting pitcher for Esmil Rogers but after this, his best outing of the season, Rogers has clearly thrown his hat into the ring for a spot in the rotation in 2014.

Rogers held the Arizona Diamondbacks to just one single over 6.1 innings Monday afternoon and the Blue Jays kiddie corps, in addition to one big swing from Edwin Encarnacion, provided just enough offence for a 4-1 victory.

The Jays managed only three second-inning hits off Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy going into the ninth inning but Encarnacion put the game out of reach with his 35th homer, a two-run shot that scored Ryan Goins ahead of him.

Rogers began the season as part of the Jays bullpen but was summoned into the rotation in late May when Brandon Morrow went on the disabled list. Through his first four starts, the Jays were 4-0 but they had won just three of his last 11 starts before Monday’s gem.


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