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D-backs sweep Jays after chasing Clayton Richard in 8-run 3rd inning

Ketel Marte hit his 15th homer of the season and Carson Kelly hit a two-run shot to back a solid start from Robbie Ray, and Arizona downed the hometown Blue Jays 8-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the interleague series.

Arizona lefty Robbie Ray gets plenty of run support following shaky start

Blue Jays' starting pitcher Clayton Richard reacts in the third inning of Sunday's Interleague game against the visiting Diamondbacks, who scored eight times in the frame on the way to a 8-2 victory and three-game series sweep. (Fred Thornhill/Canadian Press)

The losses are quickly adding up for the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays suffered an 8-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Rogers Centre on Sunday to be swept for the seventh time in 20 series this season.

Toronto now has lost four in a row and 14-of-17. Only the Kansas City Royals (20-45) and Baltimore Orioles (20-45) have worse records than Toronto's 23-42.

The Blue Jays began their six-game homestead with successive wins over the New York Yankees, but the growing pains of a young team were evident in the series against Arizona (34-32). Toronto was outscored 22-4 in the interleague three-game set.

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The Toronto Blue Jays suffered an 8-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks to be swept for the seventh time in 20 series this season. 2:01

"We know if we play our A-game and play well we can beat the best teams in baseball, like the Yankees," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. "If we don't play our best we can lose to anybody.

"We can't show up with our B-game or C-game. It's not going to work."

Wins in short supply

The Blue Jays are on pace for 57 wins this season, which would be their lowest victory total in a non-strike shortened year since a franchise-low 53 in 1979.

Montoyo has tried to remain upbeat with his young team through these difficult times.

"I've been through this before, and I know what it's like," he said. "I learned from it. I'm not going to be yelling at people. I don't want them to get tense. They're trying their best. That's all I can ask as their manager.

"And then, I'll be talking to guys, not as a group, but one-on-one. I'll be telling them I believe in them because I really do. That's what I've been doing."

Montoyo recently took aside rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio and catcher Danny Jansen. He urged them to be leaders on the Blue Jays even though their two of the younger players.

Jansen, who's hitting only .175, responded with a two-hit game. His second-inning double pushed home a run to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.

"It's a tough game up here," Jansen said. "You have to learn how to hit up here as well. We're a team that is going to keep battling, no matter what the standings show or what our record shows. We're going to keep having joy in the game and keep fighting, and giving it everything we got."

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Tim has covered the hockey landscape and other sports in Canada for more than 25 years for CBC Sports, the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun. He has been to three Winter Olympics, 11 Stanley Cups, a world championship as well as 17 world junior championships, 13 Memorial Cups and 13 University Cups. The native of Waterloo, Ont., always has his eye out for an underdog story.

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