After a game where all the points were scored on the long ball, the Toronto Blue Jays added an important victory to their record by defeating the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Friday at the Rogers Centre.
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The Jays (82-63) thus show a six-game lead over the Orioles (75-68), who are just outside the picture of the playoffs in the American.
Third baseman Matt Chapman was the main man for John Schneider’s team. He hit two home runs and one in four at bats.
After Adley Rutschman gave the visitors the lead by sending Yusei Kikuchi (5-7) out in the fourth inning, George Springer responded with another onslaught.
The outfielder mocked a pitch from Jordan Lyles (10-11) to put three runs on the board and set the record.
Lyles fought muzzleloading Toronto shooters. He allowed four runs on five hits in five innings. However, Joey Krehbiel is the one who allowed Chapman to nail the coffin for the Orioles in the sixth.
Ironically, Kikuchi added the win to his record despite being the only Jays pitcher to allow two hits or two runs. Tasked to close the books, reliever Yimi Garcia saw rookie Gunnar Henderson close the gap by hitting a solo homer in the ninth.
The Blue Jays got off to the best possible start in a three-game series against their American East rivals that will continue on Saturday and Sunday.
Elsewhere in Major League Baseball:
At Fenway Park, the Kansas City Royals squandered a great start from Jonathan Heasley, allowing two runs to the Red Sox in the eighth inning. The Boston team was on top by a score of 2:1.
At Citi Field, the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly upset the mighty New York Mets, but were unable to uncover reliever Edwin Diaz to tie the game. The latter recorded his 30th save of the campaign in a 4-3 victory.
Gunner Marcus Stroman (4-7) frustrated the Colorado Rockies hitters at Wrigley Field and led the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 victory. Zach McKinstry’s solo long ball in the fifth inning made the difference for the visitors.