PITTSBURGH – Bo Bichette broke a 1-1 draw with a three-point brace on the seventh Saturday, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 win in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.
Second hitter of the seventh, George Springer went there with a single, before a walk for Vladimir Guerrero. Matt Chapman walked another, then Bichette scored his 34th brace this season.
Very tenacious, Bichette scored this brace on the 11th pitch of his time at bat.
“You should never give up,” Bichette philosophized about his long batting experience. “Don’t let me get over you. I have to believe in my abilities and who I am.”
Underwood made 37 pitches in the inning before being substituted after Bichette’s shot. The latter has maintained an average of .362 beats in the last 12 games.
“If you look at Bo’s battle, his two-shot approach, fouls and shot success, it shows how competitive he is,” said interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider. “He’s really, really good right now. We’re talking about an elite hitter with skills that few people have.”
Oneil Cruz drove in the Pirates race in third place, with a triple.
The Jays tied the score one inning later. Bichette scored a single, Lourdes Gurriel a double and shortly thereafter Raimel Tapia pushed Bichette home with an option.
The guests could have gotten into trouble in fifth where Pittsburgh had two runners on base, with no eliminations.
Yusei Kikuchi did well by eliminating Cruz by decision, with a shot from the inside. He then gave way to Yimi Garcia (4-4), who drew a double play ball against Kevin Newman.
Springer scored two singles and scored one point, going 0 for 18 in four games. He also stole 12th base, a top of the Blue Jays.
Jordan Romano solved the case for the Pirates with 12 shots in the ninth, for a 29th save. He is second in the American rankings at this level, in a stalemate with Liam Hendricks of the Chicago White Sox.
Toronto remains a game and a half ahead of Baltimore for the last available place in the American playoffs.
Espinal wounded in his left hand from a throw
The Jays will visit the Orioles Monday through Wednesday, including a doubleheader.
The Pirates were one more success than the Blue Jays (7-6), but still lost their third straight game.
Duane Underwood (1-4) conceded three runs, two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
On Sunday afternoon, Ross Stripling will face JT Brubaker.
Inside Santiago Espinal left the game after being hit in the left hand by a pass in the 8th inning.
The Blue Jays announced that the Espinal had an MRI scan and the result was negative. He was diagnosed with a bruised hand.
Scherzer leaves because of the discomfort
New York Mets machine gunner Max Scherzer left the game after five innings due to left-sided discomfort. Scherzer threw 67 hits and conceded three hits and one run before leaving the game. He also added five strikeouts.
The Mets suffered a 7-1 defeat to the Washington Nationals. Scherzer has missed seven weeks of action this season due to a left oblique injury. His presence for just five innings equals his lowest total innings pitched in a game this season.
The Nationals got their game off to a great start when Luis Garcia scored a solo homer in the first inning.
Eduardo Escobar provided the replica in the 3rd inning for the Mets, also with a solo slap.
After taking control of the game in the 8th inning thanks to a solo homer from Lane Thomas, the Nationals exploded in the 9th inning with five points to beat New York.
The Mets had won their last three games.
Elsewhere in the national team
Phillies 4 – Giants 5
PHI: Bryson Stott crossed the pot three times as well as hitting three shots, including a home run
SF: Two wins and three RBI for Joc Pederson in the win
Cubs 4 – Cardinals 8
WHO: Franmil Reyes drove in two races with two hits
STL: Paul Goldschmidt scores 34th homer of his season and closes the game with two points scored, two wins and two RBI
Marlins 1 – Brave 2
MIA: Charles Leblanc was knocked out in four bars and knocked out on three occasions
ATL: Robbie Grossman walked to the end of the 9th inning with bases loaded to give the Braves victory
Brewers 8 – Diamondbacks 6
MIL: Tyrone Taylor led the winning streak with a two-point homer in the 10th inning. He crossed the pot three times in addition to producing three points
ARI: Cooper Hummel scored two points as well as hitting two shots and driving on the run
Padres 1 – Dodgers 12
SD: Manny Machado scored his 26th homer of the season in the 6th inning
LAD: Mookie Betts ended the game with three points scored, two wins and three RBI. He scored his 33rd homer of the season