TORONTO – Matt Chapman had a home singles run and a two-time homer to lift the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Friday.
George Springer’s three-runner broke the opening set for Toronto (82-63) and Bo Bichette extended her streak to nine games.
Relief pitcher Trevor Richards was the so-called opener for the game, beating all three smashers he faced in the first inning.
Julian Merryweather threw the ball two rounds without a score before Yusei Kikuchi (5-7) knocked it down in two rounds, missing two runs. Tim Mayza, Adam Cimber, Anthony Bass threw the ball directly until the ninth minute, where Yimi Garcia gave up.
Adley Rutschman had two homers in the fourth inning as Baltimore (75-68) quickly took the lead. Cedric Mullins had a treble in the same inning. Gunnar Henderson hit the home run with two goals in the ninth inning.
Jordan Lyles (10-11) gave up four runs with five hits in five innings, beating five. Joey Krehbiel and Mike Baumann were relieved when Krehbiel dropped two more runs.
The three-game series against the Orioles could be pivotal to the Blue Jays’ post-season hopes. Baltimore is chasing the Toronto, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners for one of three American League spots.
Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider was forced to make Friday a bullfight as Toronto played six games in five days. That plan was complicated when Richards abandoned five runs across 29 courts in just two-thirds of the innings of the Blue Jays’ 11-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
Richards showed no ill effects from the previous night’s outing, beating Cedric Mullins, Rutschman and Anthony Santander to start the game. Santander plunged down the swing, hitting the ball fast at 93.6 mph four-way.
Chapman put Toronto on the board in the second half, launching a quick 93.4 mph Lyles ball into the deep left in his first game since Aug. 20. 25th home run. His during the season had an output velocity of 105.9 mph
Mullins struck the ball between central midfielder George Springer and right winger Jackie Bradley Jr., sliding into the kickstand to lead the fourth inning with a treble. Rutschman then hit his 11th home shot of the season at 356 feet to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead.
Springer answered back to the Jays in season five, sailing a 412-foot Lyles curve ball into the second deck on the left side of the court. He brought home Chapman and Raimel Tapia with his 21st home game of the season to make it 4-2.
Chapman continued in sixth with his second home run of the night. He made a switch at Krehbiel 86.2 mph at 364 feet in the left court, cashing in Bo Bichette for a 6-2 lead. Bichette hit the base with a single stroke to extend her streak.
Garcia had two quick strikes in the ninth inning before Henderson scored his second goal of the season for the final score of the game.
LONG MEMORY – Fans at the Rogers Center loudly booed Orioles’ second horseman “Raw” whenever he reached the plate. Blue Jays fans still hold a grudge against Odour from his time at the Texas Rangers when he sparked a bench brawl by punching surprised Jose Bautista in the face.
KIRK AND GURRIEL – Schneider said before Friday’s game that catcher Alejandro Kirk and midfielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. will resume baseball activities. Kirk did not play Tampa on Thursday due to pain in his left hip. Gurriel is expected to be off the 10-day injury list on Sunday but Schneider said he may need more time.
MATCH – José Berríos (10-5) starts for the Blue Jays on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. ET in the second of their three-game trilogy against Baltimore. Kyle Bradish (3-6) will take Orioles’ place.
This report by the Canadian Press was first published on September 16, 2022.
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