TORONTO — Teoscar Hernandez hit a homer in the seventh inning to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 2-1 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Saturday.
After the game was a tie, Hernandez brought Cleveland starter Tristan McKenzie (8-9) deep into left midfield for his 17th homer.
Toronto hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also managed to extend his winning streak to a career-high 22 games with a first-inning double as the Blue Jays (61-51) halted their three-game slide and only went in for the seventh time seven won outings.
The Guardians (60-53) saw their six-game winning streak end before 44,977 at Rogers Center.
Jordan Romano made a four-out save, his 26th, to save another shutout performance for Toronto’s bullpen. Zach Pop, Adam Cimber, Anthony Bass and Jimi Garcia didn’t concede a run in their combined three innings. Bass (3-3) clinched the win for a clean seventh inning.
On Friday, the Blue Jays bullpen blinded Cleveland for the last five innings.
After beating the Blue Jays 8-0 in Friday’s series opener, Cleveland opened with a run in the first inning.
Steven Kwan led with a walk and moved up to second when Canada’s Josh Naylor received a two-out free pass. Andres Gimenez knocked into midfield with a single in Kwan.
The Blue Jays continued to be hampered by Cleveland’s pitching. Finally, Matt Chapman led the fifth inning with his 23rd homer to left center to tie the game.
Blue Jays midfielder Raimel Tapia made two brilliant catches. With a runner first and nobody out, the left-handed outfielder made a dive catch to his left on a line drive from Amed Rosario in the opening inning.
In the fifth inning, Tapia made a running catch over his right shoulder on the left center warning lane in front of Jose Ramirez’s bat to end the inning with the runners in first and second place.
Tapia was also kicked out on home plate when he tried to score with a single from second base to end the seventh inning.
Blue Jays starter Mitch White went 4 2/3 innings and gave up a run on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.
After a tough first inning, White retired eight straight before going to Gimenez in the fourth inning.
First Pitch: Sixteen-year-old Jaida Lee of St. John’s, NF, threw the ceremonial pitch before the Blue Jays’ game on Saturday. Lee, a pitcher, made history Monday by becoming the first woman to compete in the men’s baseball competition at the Canada Summer Games in Welland, Ontario.
Next up: Toronto right-back Kevin Gausman (8-8) meets Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (7-6) in Sunday’s series finale. The Blue Jays continue their six home games Monday with the first of three against the Baltimore Orioles.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 13, 2022
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