Canadian Naylor has two singles as Guardians earn 7-2 victory over Blue Jays

TORONTO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a possibility to increase his career-high hit streak to 23 video games within the seventh inning Sunday.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger got here to the plate for his fourth and ultimate at-bat with runners on first and second with two out and the house facet trailing the Cleveland Guardians by three runs.

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However Guerrero bounced out to 3rd to go 0-for-4 within the rubber match of the three-game collection that noticed Toronto drop a 7-2 resolution earlier than 41,002 spectators at Rogers Centre.

“That’s a matchup we needed, with him being the tying run,” Blue Jays interim supervisor John Schneider mentioned. “It simply didn’t go our means.”

The Guardians (61-53) have been victorious for the sixth time in seven video games whereas the Blue Jays (61-52) have gained simply twice in eight outings.

Guerrero was pissed off when he didn’t swing on a 93.5 mile-an-hour, four-seam fastball from Cleveland starter Shane Bieber (8-6) to make the rely 1-2. The following pitch, a slider, ended the inning.

“That’s the previous adage of baseball; get a very good pitch and don’t miss it,” Schneider mentioned.

Regardless of the 22-game hit streak, Guerrero has gone a dismal 5-for-26 (.192) in his final six video games. As well as, he hasn’t homered in seven contests.

“My coronary heart was in my throat,” Cleveland supervisor Terry Francona mentioned. “Out of respect for what Vladdy can do, I used to be nervous.

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“Biebs did a terrific job.”

Cleveland’s beginning pitching held the Blue Jays to only 4 runs within the three-game collection because the Guardians outscored Toronto 16-4.

Bieber went seven innings, permitting two runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.

Toronto starter Kevin Gausman (8-9) lasted 4 2/3 innings, surrendering 5 runs on 9 hits with a stroll and 5 strikeouts on 98 pitches.

“They did a very good job operating up my pitch rely,” Gausman mentioned. “We’ve got confronted a variety of good pitching recently.”

The Guardians scored a run within the first, second and fourth innings and two extra within the fifth to finish Gausman’s day.

Shortstop Amed Rosario hit a solo homer within the first. Catcher Austin Hedges singled in a run within the second and doubled in one other within the fourth.

Josh Naylor, of Mississauga, Ont., knocked in a run within the fifth with a single to proper subject. He’s now 8-for-27 (.296) with two doubles, a homer and 5 runs-batted in over six profession video games in Toronto.

Owen Miller doubled in Cleveland’s fifth run later within the inning.

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Cavan Biggio was in proper subject for Toronto and made a incredible sliding catch, crashing into the facet wall on Myles Straw within the sixth. However he misplayed doubles to Hedges within the fourth and Miller’s second of the sport within the fifth.

The Guardians touched reliever Trent Thornton for 2 runs within the ninth, due to RBI singles from Rosario and Jose Ramirez. The 2-run inning ended a streak of 13 run-less innings for the Toronto bullpen within the collection.

The Blue Jays tied the sport within the first on a Teoscar Hernandez double and added a run within the fifth on a Guerrero groundout to brief.

Stripling, Springer Updates

Toronto right-hander Ross Stripling (5-3) shall be activated Wednesday and begin rather than the struggling Jose Berrios within the collection finale in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles. Berrios will begin in opposition to the Yankees in New York on Thursday. Stripling (hip pressure) tossed 5 shutout innings, permitting three hits in a rehab begin with Triple-A Buffalo for a 3-1 win in opposition to Syracuse on Friday.

George Springer (proper elbow) is eligible to return off the 10-day injured listing Monday.

Up Subsequent

The Blue Jays proceed their six-day, six-game homestand with the opener of a three-game set in opposition to the Orioles on Monday. Regardless of back-to-back losses to the Tampa Bay Rays, Baltimore is only one 1/2 video games behind the Rays within the battle for the third and ultimate wild-card spot within the American League.

The Orioles have gone 24-13 of their final 37 outings. Toronto left-hander Yusi Kikuchi (4-6) will face right-hander Kyle Bradish (1-4) within the opener.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Aug. 14, 2022.

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