MINNEAPOLIS — Cavan Biggio hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Whit Merrifield scored on a reverse call to lead the Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday and split the four-game streak.
Merrifield was originally called out on the plate, but the call was reversed after Gary Sanchez, the twins’ catcher, was said to have disturbed Merrifield.
“I think this is one of the worst moments we’ve seen as a baseball game umpire that I’ve ever been in, and I find it pathetic what just transpired,” said Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli, who was kicked out for arguing the call, he was thrown out of a game for the eighth time in his career and the third time this season.
Replay officials ruled that Sanchez had not set up a clear lane for Merrifield, whose right foot collided with Sanchez’s left leg as he slid onto home plate. The out would have ended the inning.
“I felt like there was going to be a game at the plate,” Merrifield said. “Put my head down, first few steps, then looked up and tried to figure out how to get onto home plate and saw Gary on home plate, so I tried to just slide into him, right into him, as good as I could. I know what the rule is, it was just a question if they would call it.
Sanchez argued that he left a trail.
“He slid towards me. I’m just tagging him,” Sanchez said. “I had the ball first. I think the line was open for it to slide to the side. He did not do it. It was a clean game.”
Toronto stayed two games ahead of Tampa Bay for the best wild card in the American League. Minnesota’s lead in the AL Central shrank to a game after a Cleveland win.
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After scoring two early runs, the Blue Jays stifled a late comeback from the Twins. Jose Miranda drove in Minnesota’s first run, an RBI single in the eighth inning, for his fourth straight game with at least one RBI. Luis Arraez tied the game in ninth with an RBI single.
Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits and knocking out five. He has now pitched 14 scoreless innings in his last two starts.
“He was without a light,” said Toronto manager John Schneider.
After throwing away the save in the ninth inning, Jordan Romano (4-3) closed out the Twins with a 1-2-3 inning in the tenth.
Minnesota starter Chris Archer fielded five innings and allowed two runs with four hits while hitting four. It was only the fourth time this season that Archer went five innings in a start.
Back-to-back hits in the second and third innings gave Toronto early runs. Teoscar Hernandez opened the second inning with a single and hit with a double from Bo Bichette. Biggio doubled early in the third inning and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove him in with an RBI single.
Caleb Thielbar (2-1) threw the 10th for the Twins, giving up the Biggio sac.
Vladamir Guerrero Jr. went 1-4 to extend his career hitting streak to 18 games. It’s the longest active hitting streak in Major League Baseball.
Blue Jays: LHP Tim Mayza was put on the 15-day injured list with a dislocated right shoulder. Mayza was removed from Saturday’s game with the injury after trying to make a tag on a play-at-home plate and awkwardly landing on his shoulder. RHP Trent Thornton was recalled by Triple-A to replace Mayza.
Gemini: RHP Emilio Pagán suffers from what the team calls a right lat cramp every day. Pagán left Sunday’s game in the sixth inning with the injury… Minnesota is “hopeful” for a September return from RHP Kenta Maeda, Baldelli said. Maeda was operated on by Tommy John in September 2021.
Blue Jays: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (4-5, 4.86 ERA) wins against the Orioles in the opener of a three-game streak in Baltimore on Monday. Kikuchi allowed two runs over four innings in his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gemini: Minnesota has Monday off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Dodgers on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
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This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 7, 2022.
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