Guerrero Jr. brace helps Jays beat Orioles to end 5-game slippage
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 23rd homerun in the major leagues and subsequently topped Toronto’s ninth inning rally with a double green light and two runs, and the Blue Jays ended a five-game skid with a Saturday’s 10-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Marcus Semien scored two homers for Toronto, who scored six points with two strikeouts in the ninth on relievers Paul Fry and Tyler Wells to stun the Orioles.
“Wins like this could start a team for sure,” said Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo.
Ryan Mountcastle recorded his first career three-homer game and Cedric Mullins enjoyed his second straight multi-homer game for Baltimore, who scored six homers in a game for the first time since he did against Houston on August 18, 2016.
With a 7-4 lead to start the ninth, Fry (0-2) allowed two walks and two hits while recording two strikeouts. Wells came in with goals loaded and a 7-5 lead, but Bo Bichette had a two-run single to the right to tie him.
“Sometimes you need a little luck, and he’s put it in the right place,” Semien said.
Guerrero then netted a brace in the left center gap to give the Blue Jays a 9-7 lead, and he scored on Randal Grichuk’s brace.
“Give Bichette credit for having been at the incredible bat,” said Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde. “He put the ball in play on a tough slider down and away after a bunch of foul balls, just out of our reach. It looked like it had taken some air from the ball for Wellsy. He hung on. a few throws after It was a tough round. “
Jordan Romano (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings for Toronto.
Manoah ceded a two-point shot to Mountcastle and a solo homerun to DJ Stewart in the fourth to give Baltimore a 5-2 lead. He then planted Franco on the first pitch, prompting the benches and pens to empty. When the situation cooled, the referees conferred and ejected Manoah.
Manoah said he threw several cursors at Franco earlier at bat and rocked one sign for another, opting for a fastball instead. He said the referees told him his expulsion was due to “bad timing”.
“I tried to get that fastball in and it slipped,” Manoah said. “I was confused by his reaction. I was wondering ‘What’s going on? What’s wrong?’ It was my hand gestures as I walked towards him. I couldn’t understand the frustration there. “
Baltimore starter Dean Kremer gave up solo shots to Semien and Guerrero in the first, but no further damage in six innings, removing six strikes on strikes.
Mountcastle, who also had solo blasts in the second and sixth, is the first Oriole with three homers in a game since Pedro Severino made it to Texas on June 4, 2019. He became the Orioles’ second signing with a three-homer game – Nick Markakis was the first on August 22, 2006, against Minnesota.
“Today I saw the ball well,” said Mountcastle, who tied a career-high with four hits. “I was on everything. Obviously it didn’t end the way we wanted it to, so I’ll keep moving forward.”
Mullins had solo shots in the third and seventh per day after going deep twice in Game 1 of the series against the Blue Jays.
Jays acquire reliever Jacob Barnes from Mets
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired reliever Jacob Barnes from the New York Mets on Saturday in exchange for potential pitcher Troy Miller.
Miller, 24, was 3-2 with a 4.93 ERA in seven appearances with a Vancouver forward and a double A at New Hampshire this season. He signed a minor league contract with Toronto in 2018.
The Blue Jays reliever pen has suffered a lot lately. The team recently fell below 0.500 after a strong start to the regular season.
Toronto (33-35) had a five-game losing streak in its road game against Baltimore (23-46) later Saturday.
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