Blue Jays overtake Orioles on Matt Chapman’s two home runs

(Toronto) Matt Chapman feels his up-and-down streak this season is behind him. At least for one evening.

Updated at 12:05 p.m

John Chidley Hill
Canadian Press

Chapman hit a solo homer and another with a teammate on the trails to propel the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

The two long balls ended the Blue Jays’ 25-game hitting streak. It was a streak that dates back to August 20th.

“To have a game like tonight where I felt in control, I was able to hit the ball well is a good sign,” Chapman said. And we still have the most important baseball games to come.

“It’s important for me to be able to hit the ball well and help this team. »

A three-game streak against the Orioles could be the key to the Blue Jays’ playoff hopes. The Orioles are chasing the Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners for one of the three U.S. draft spots.

With their loss in Game 1 of the series on Friday, the Orioles dropped to six games behind the Blue Jays in the standings and four and a half behind the Rays.

“Any opportunity to win a game, distance us from the Orioles or put pressure on teams that are in the same pool as us is important,” Chapman said. The series is definitely important because if we continue to do what is necessary, we will have more room to maneuver. »

George Springer added a long three-run home run in the fifth inning that allowed the Blue Jays (82-63) to erase a one-run deficit and take a 4-2 lead.

In the win, Bo Bichette hit for the ninth game in a row.

Reliever Trevor Richards opened for the Blue Jays, striking out all three batters he faced in the first inning.

Julian Merryweather followed and shut out the Orioles for two innings before Yusei Kikuchi (5-7) took over and gave up two runs in two innings.

Tim Mayza, Adam Cimber and Anthony Bass didn’t give up a run until the ninth inning when Yimi Garcia allowed a run.

Adley Rutschman hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning for the Orioles (75-68), giving them a 2-1 lead.

Gunnar Henderson scored the Orioles’ next run with a two-out home run in the ninth inning.

Jordan Lyles (10-11) had four runs and five hits in five innings. Joey Krehbiel conceded the next two points.

Chapman broke a 0-0 tie with his 25thE circuit of the season in the second run. His second home run came in sixth gear while Bichette was trailing.

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