Vladimir Guerrero Jr. defeated the Tampa Bay Rays at his 100th stadium in the Toronto Blue Jays

TORONTO – For weeks, club attendees at Rogers Center have been teasing Vladimir Guerrero Jr., reminding him he was away from home after hitting 100 in his career.

They can leave him alone now.

Guerrero had Homer solo in the first half and later added RBI as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Wednesday. Guerrero celebrated the achievement at the Toronto Stadium by dragging the numbers 1-0-0 into the air with his fingers.

“I couldn’t hit it in the last house, so when we play away they remind me ‘Hey, make sure you hit it when you’re away,'” Guerrero said through translator Hector (Tito) LeBron. “Finally I did, I got the number 100.”

Guerrero was able to get the ball back as it fell into the Bullpen Blue Jays. He said he intended to hand it over to his father, Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero.

“He would be very proud of me,” said young Guerrero. “When your son does something like that, I’m sure any father would feel proud.”

Bo BechetAnd Santiago Espinal and Rimmel Tapia They all had RBI singles as the Blue Jays (81-62) added their lead over the Rays in the MLS tight wild card race.

Toronto is now 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay and a half game ahead of the Seattle Mariners, who beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 earlier Wednesday.

Ross Stripling (8-4) He had a good start and win, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing only one run with three hits and four hits. Attenuators Adam SemperAnd the Yemi GarciaAnd the Anthony Bass Close the door the rest of the way.

The 32-year-old, who is usually loyal for a long time, stepped into the Toronto tournament after Hyun Jin Ryo underwent season-ending surgery for Tommy John. Stripling made 21 start to the season, the highest of his career. The win was his sixth consecutive game of six or more innings.

“I am proud of the way I competed and took the opportunity and ran with it,” Stripling said. “I’ve done that in my career before, but this seems a bit more special. We’re at AL East, in a playoff round, the team really needed me after we lost Hyun-Jin.”

Harold RamirezAll Tampa Bay offenses (79-63) were on their home ground. Drew Rasmussen (10-5) has given up four runs in the same number of innings with six strokes and a walk. He crossed out one. Josh Fleming allowed a run on five strokes during his four innings.

Guerrero reached Rasmussen at the start, shooting a Fastball 365 feet deep into left field to carry his 28th home of the season. It cut a 14-game drought at home to Guerrero. His last run came on August 30 in a 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

“I don’t think much about it,” Guerrero said. “It’s a long season.” “Lots of ups and downs. I kind of give you my all, I go out there and compete every day and we’ll see what happens.”

The strong star struck again for third when he scored his third base pick, Santiago Espinal. The next day at the bat, Bo Bechet Set up the right field to tap Jackie Bradley Jr. to take a 3-0 lead in Toronto.

Espinal took off in the fourth race when his single found its way between Rays’ third baseman Yandy Diaz The Shortstop Taylor Walls. The Tampa players also regained the ball, the Blue Jays catcher Danny Janssen He ran home from third place.

Tapia maintained Toronto’s momentum in sixth place when his base kick fell in midfield for a single. This scored Jansen from second place to make the score 5-0. Jansen made it to base on his second double in the game.

Ramirez cut that lead in the seventh inning, firing a single shot from Stripling to lead the game. Ji Man Choi It was first grounded the next day at bat but that ended the stribling night. He received a standing ovation from 24,282 attendees at the Rogers Center.

Advance in Lourdes – Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said fieldman Lourdes Gouriel Jr. will be playing some moments as he progresses from a left hamstring injury. He is scheduled to be off the 10-day casualty list on Sunday, but Schneider said a lot will depend on how Gouriel feels this weekend.

on deck – Kevin Gussman (12-9) is scheduled to start at the conclusion of Toronto’s five-game series against Reese. Shane McClanahan (11-5) will take the hill to Tampa Bay at 3:07 p.m. EDT.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on September 14, 2022.