TORONTO — Shortly after clinching the game-winning run in the ninth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his chest.
“This is our home! exclaimed Guerrero as George Springer landed in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.
It was the second straight win for the Blue Jays (42-32) to begin this three-game streak against the Red Sox (42-33). The Toronto team beat their opponents for first place among teams drafted in the United States.
Second baseman Santiago Espinal and receiver Alejandro Kirk provided the spark before the Blue Jays fell 5-4 down in the ninth inning at their “home” at Rogers Center.
In the eighth inning, Espinal saved the day for the Blue Jays when he caught an arrow from Christian Arroyo with loaded bases before doubling Christian Vazquez on second base.
Kirk enjoyed a free evening. Or so he thought. But the catcher with the highest batting average in Major League Baseball (.325) was called the pinch hitter in the ninth inning.
Kirk led the inning with a single. Guerrero, who was the fourth batter in the inning, had already told manager Charlie Montoyo that if he got on the plate it would be game over.
“You know Charlie, he gets nervous,” Guerrero said. He said he trusts us. »
Guerrero’s single was his second career success and his second in as many weeks.
“When I saw that Kirk was going to be the pinch hitter and when he got on the trails I knew we were going to win,” added Guerrero.
Kirk leads the players from his position in the voting for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. He has already received 1,857,670 votes, well ahead of New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (695,932 votes).
The Blue Jays are currently in a busy part of their schedule, with a home streak of eight games in seven days. Montoyo continues to have a hard time benching Kirk in favor of rookie Gabriel Moreno.
“There are so many back-to-back games that you will see players getting nights off,” said Montoyo. We must. The good news about our team is that we have three good recipients. I am lucky. »
The Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After a walk to Bo Bichette and Guerrero, Teoscar Hernandez hit a one-point double. Matt Chapman then hit a double that pushed Guerrero and Hernandez to home plate.
The Red Sox scored their first run of the game in the second inning, thanks to Trevor Story’s long ball.
In the third set, the home team gained a three-point lead again. Espinal hit a single that sent Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the plate. Gurriel had doubled down from an out to get into scoring position.
In the fifth set, the guests reduced the deficit to 4:2. Vazquez got the ball rolling with a single to center and advanced to third base with a double from Franchy Cordero. Rob Refsnyder’s ground ball allowed Vazquez to score.
Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling and Red Sox starter Michael Wacha both served five innings. Stripling allowed two runs and five hits, while Wacha allowed four runs and seven hits.
Tyler Danish (2-1) accepted the defeat for the Bostonians. Blue Jays stopper Jordan Romano (2-2) clinched the win.
In other games:
Minnesota 2 – Cleveland 3 (Part 1)
MINIMUM: Carlos Correa scored a homer.
KEY : Amed Rosario hit a two-run single run in the 8th inning. The Guardians had lost their last five games.
Minnesota 6 – Cleveland 0 (Part 2)
MINIMUM: Jorge Polanco drove in three runs, notably hitting his 8th homer.
KEY : Oscar Gonzalez had two of the Guardians’ five goals in the game.
Oakland 1 vs NY Yankees 2
OAK: Elvis Andrus drove in A’s lone run on a productive single in the top of the 9th inning.
NYY: Left-handed rookie pitcher JP Sears went to close 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-thirds of the innings, allowing for a deserved run.
Texas 8-Kansas City 3
TEXT: Marcus Semien had three hits, including his 8th home run, and drove in four runs.
KC: Kyle Isbel hit his first home run of the season.
Chicago White Sox 11 – LA Angels 4
CHI: The White Sox had 17 hits, including three each for Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert.
LAA: Despite the loss, Shohei Ohtani hit a homer and added two doubles. For his part, Mike Trout added a 23rd home run to his record.
Baltimore 0-Seattle 2
BALL: The Orioles got a meager hit, a single by Ryan Mountcastle in the 4th inning.
SEA: Robbie Ray blinded the Orioles for seven innings and recorded eight strikeouts.