TORONTO – Moments after Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove into the winning run at the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit himself in the chest.
“It’s our home!” Guerrero exclaimed as George Springer landed in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
It was the second consecutive victory for the Blue Jays (42-32) to start this three-game streak against the Red Sox (42-33). The Toronto team beat their opponents for first place among the teams enlisted in the American.
Before the Blue Jays retired 5-4 in the ninth inning at their “home” at Rogers Center, second baseman Santiago Espinal and catcher Alejandro Kirk provided a spark.
In the eighth inning, Espinal saved the day at the Blue Jays when he caught Christian Arroyo’s arrow with bases loaded before doubling Christian Vazquez at second base.
Kirk was enjoying a free evening. At least, that’s what he believed. But the catcher with the best batting average in Major League Baseball (.325) was called to pinch the batter in the ninth inning.
Kirk led the innings with a single. Guerrero, who was the fourth hitter in the inning, had already told coach Charlie Montoyo that if he made it to the pot, the game would be over.
“You know Charlie, he gets nervous,” Guerrero said. He said he trusted us. “
Guerrero’s single was his second career success and second in as many weeks.
“When I saw that Kirk was going to be the pinch hitter and when he hit the slopes, I knew we were going to win,” added Guerrero.
Kirk leads the players from his position in the votes for Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game. He has already received 1,857,670 votes, which puts him well in front of the New York Yankees receiver Jose Trevino (695,932 votes).
The Blue Jays are currently in a challenging part of their schedule, with a streak of eight consecutive home games over seven days. It is still difficult for Montoyo to leave Kirk on the bench in favor of rookie Gabriel Moreno.
“There are so many consecutive games that you will see players having free nights,” Montoyo said. We need to. The good news for our team is that we have three good receivers. I’m lucky. “
The Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After a walk in Bo Bichette and Guerrero, Teoscar Hernandez hit a brace from one point. Matt Chapman then scored a double that pushed Guerrero and Hernandez to home plate.
The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning, courtesy of Trevor Story’s long throw.
The home team regained a three-point lead in the third set. Espinal hit a single that sent Lourdes Gurriel Jr. into the pot. Gurriel had doubled up after an elimination to get into scoring position.
The guests reduced the gap to 4-2 in the fifth set. Vazquez rolled the ball with a center single and advanced to third base on a double from Franchy Cordero. Rob Refsnyder’s ground ball allowed Vazquez to score.
Blue Jays owner Ross Stripling and Red Sox owner Michael Wacha both served five innings. Stripling allowed two points and five hits while Wacha conceded four points and seven hits.
Tyler Danish (2-1) took defeat to the Bostonians. Blue Jays cap Jordan Romano (2-2) took the win.
In other matches:
Minnesota 2 – Cleveland 3 (Part 1)
MIN: Carlos Correa scored.
KEY : Amed Rosario scored a two-run single in the 8th inning. The Guardians had lost their last five games.
Minnesota 6 – Cleveland 0 (2nd part)
MIN: Jorge Polanco drove in three runs, scoring his 8th homer.
KEY : Oscar Gonzalez has scored two of the Guardians’ five hits in the game.
Oakland 1 – NY Yankees 2
OAK TREE: Elvis Andrus drove in the solo A run on a single production at the top of the ninth inning.
NYY: Left-handed rookie pitcher JP Sears went to zero in five innings on the mound.
Milwaukee 5 – Tampa Bay 3
MIL: Andrew McCutchen and Luis Urias hit the long ball in the 6th inning.
VG: Starter Shane Baz pitched for five and two third innings, allowing for a earned run.
Texas 8 – Kansas City 3
TEX: Marcus Semien had three wins, including his 8th home run, and drove in four points.
KC: Kyle Isbel scored his first home run of the season.
Chicago White Sox 11 – LA Angels 4
WHO: The White Sox have had 17 hits, including three each for Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert.
THERE: Despite the defeat, Shohei Ohtani scored one goal and added two doubles. For his part, Mike Trout added a 23rd home run to his record.
Baltimore 0 – Seattle 2
BALL: The Orioles had a meager success, a single from Ryan Mountcastle in the 4th inning.
SEA: Robbie Ray canceled the Orioles for seven innings, posting eight strikeouts.