Hernandez and Chapman hit home runs in Jays’ escape

TORONTO — Teoscar Hernandez and Matt Chapman hit three runs and Alek Manoah threw seven strong innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 8-1 at the Rogers Center on Friday night.

Hernandez went deep past Royals starter Zack Greinke (3-6) in the third inning and Chapman broke up with a slam on Carlos Hernandez in the fifth inning.

Manoah earned his 10th win of the season, allowing for four hits and a earned run with six strikeouts. Reliever Trevor Richards and Anthony Banda each worked an inning.

Chapman and Raimel Tapia had three goals each as Toronto (48-43) won for the third time in four games. The Blue Jays, who defeated the Royals 16-5, joined Boston for third wildcard spot in the American League.

Royals leadoff man Edward Olivares scored an infield hit to open the game. Manoah (10-4) responded by retiring the next 12 batters in turn.

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Toronto had chances against Greinke in the first two innings, but the experienced right-hander was spared any major damage.

The Blue Jays had a runner on third base in the first inning but did not score. Tapia brought Hernandez home with a single in the second, but George Springer struck with two runners in goal position.

Toronto paused in the third game when Bobby Witt Jr. launched a custom double-play ball. Hernandez made the Royals pay by strapping a cutter about 416 feet over the wall in midfield for his 12th homer of the year.

Kansas City (36-54) scraped a run in the fifth after Ryan O’Hearn was hit by a throw and picked Nick Pratto for his first big league hit. The runners advanced with a groundout and Nicky Lopez brought O’Hearn home with a single.

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In the bottom half, Chapman started his 15th homer of the season. The 399-foot shot landed in the 200 level just inside the foul screen in left field.

The Royals are using a patchwork lineup of call-ups and regulars for this four-game series. Ten players from the 26-man squad are on the banned list due to their COVID-19 vaccination status.

The announced attendance was 26,422 and the game lasted two hours and 48 minutes.

roster moves

The Royals reinstated right-hander Josh Staumont from the injury list and recalled right-hander Carlos Hernandez from Triple-A Omaha ahead of the game.

Left-hander Angel Zerpa, who claimed the win in the series opener, returned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

COMING UP

The Blue Jays have yet to finalize their starter for Saturday’s game. The Royals are sending left-hander Daniel Lynch (3-7, 4.92) up the mound.

Jose Berrios (7-4, 5.38) starts Sunday’s last game for Toronto before the All-Star break. Left-hander Kris Bubic (1: 6, 6.63) goes for the Royals.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 15, 2022.

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