Toronto Blue Jays widen gap in Baltimore Orioles in relay race

Toronto – left player Rimmel Tapia She performed brilliantly with his racket and glove to continue with a great September performance for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tapia’s impressive play in the Blue Jays’ 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday helped improve Toronto’s record in September to Major League Baseball 13-4.

Back-to-back wins over Baltimore gave the Blue Jays six straight wins and put the club 20 games on 0.500 for the first time since they finished 2021 with a score of 91-71.

“I feel good,” said Tapia, who recently enjoyed a long playing time with regular left-back Lourdes Gouriel Jr., on the 10-day handicap list with a hamstring strain.

“But even when I’m not playing, I stay focused. I’m going to the batting cage because you have to be ready.”

Tapia was ready from the start on Saturday. First, grab a fly ball from Orioles Ledoff’s racket Cedric Mullins That seemed destined to hit the fence to double.

Then, in the fifth inning, with the Blue Jays’ lead trimmed to 3-2, Tapia’s left-hand hit hit the board with bases loaded and two outside. Swipe twice to the center of the field to clear the bases.

“I love those moments,” Tapia said. “I love the fans’ nutrition and energy.”

Tapia hunting was the start of a top-notch defensive outing by Toronto. George Springer He caught a superb diving ball on Ramon Ureas’ sinking ball in the fourth inning.

Jackie Bradley Jr. entered the game to a stellar success in the ninth race. Santiago Espinal made a pair of good plays in second place, and the short ones Bo Bechet He had to skip second base and sprinter Teren Vavra in the second half to score a tricky fly-pop.

The Blue Jays (83-63) last month extended their lead over the Orioles (75-69) to seven games in the MLS wild card race.

Toronto takes first place in the fight for the three wild cards, with the Orioles taking fourth.

“We had a good start to the show,” said Toronto interim coach John Schneider. “We’ve got hits at the right time, great defense today. Obviously, it’s a good recipe.”

The Blue Jays scored in the first half Matt ChapmanSacrifice and two more fly in the second when Kavan Biggio and Espinal knocked down their singles and scored Springer goals from the left fence.

Baltimore’s Kyle Pradesh (3-7) settled after his shaky start. He retired nine in a row until a throwing foul in the fifth inning, one time from Urias that ignited the Blue Jays’ career.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a first-half kicker that cut below the third base line, reached the base on Orias’ fault.

Chapman, Pradesh’s last batter, walked as he did Tuscar Hernandezto load bases when unloading Baltimore Jake Reed took over. This set the table to double clear the bases in Tapia.

Pradesh lasted 4 2/3 innings, and resulted in six hits for three unearned runs, one walk and three hits.

start of toronto Jose Perios (11-5) He went six runs, hit three, walked twice and gave up seven runs before 44,448 at Rogers Center.

He was marked by a pair of runs in the third inning. Double progression of Mullins and double out of one of Anthony Santander Put the orioles on the first and second.

Baltimore’s short-haired Gunnar Henderson led his teammates one to the left to close out the Blue Jays’ 3-2 advantage.

Henderson also doubled by one in the eighth inning and scored a goal in Terryn Vavra’s single outside Toronto. Yemi Garcia.

Jordan Romano, the Blue Jays goalkeeper, finished the deal in the ninth inning for his 34th save, 21st at home, the most saves by a Toronto goalkeeper since Calvim Escobar’s 22 in 2002.

Injury update

Schneider reports that there is a chance that Alejandro Kirk (hip) will return after missing four games to catch up with Alec Manoah on Sunday. Kirk has been behind the board for all 28 of Manoah’s posts this season.

Goriel is eligible to be removed from Sunday’s 10-game handicap list.

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Manoah (14-7) will face Dean Kramer (7-5) in the series finale on Sunday. Manoah is 2-1 with no resolution in four games with eight games gained in 24 2/3 rounds against Baltimore in 2022.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on September 17, 2022.