Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Blue Jays defeated the Red Sox for the second straight game to take the final home series of the regular season. CBC Sports

Catcher Danny Jensen was a third short of hitting for the cycle to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 10-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon.

Jensen had a single, double and home run, with a total of five runs, as the Blue Jays (89-69) overtook Boston for a second straight game after a 9-0 win on Friday.

Saturday’s win moved Toronto closer to a home turf lead in the first round of the American League playoffs. Tampa Bay and Seattle are also vying for the top spot in the wild card race.

Teoscar Hernandez had a single homer and a late RBI double while Vladimir Guerrero Jr added an RBI double in the win. All-Star shortstop Bo Bichette, who set a club record with 48 hits in September, kept up his pace with four hits.

Ross Stripling (10-4) played six unscored innings, allowing four hits and three striking. Anthony Bass, David Phelps, Jordan Romano and Adam Simber of Markham, Ont. came out of the bullpen to secure the win.

Brian Bello (2-8) scored four runs in four innings at Boston (75-83), conceding four runs in 10 hits and two walks. Jack Kelly and Josh Winkowski came in relief.

Jensen opened the scoring in second when his single from left field carried Hernandez and third-placed Raimel Tapia. In the next at-bat, Bello threw a wild pitch in front of his second-innings batsman Whit Merrifield, allowing Tapia to slide home first to lead Toronto 2–0.

Jensen hit again the next inning, double the first-base line to score Hernandez and Tapia.

Hernandez attacked another run in fifth, turning Kelly into deep center field at 81.4 mph for his 23rd home run of the season. Jansen came to the plate after Tapia was dismissed, and hit his homer.

Jenson’s 15th season came on the first pitch he saw in the innings, an 86.2 mph pass from Kelly, which he sent 342 feet into the Blue Jays dugout for a 6–0 lead.

George Springer and Bichette scored consecutive singles to bring Guerrero to the plate, with his ground-rule double scoring Springer for another run before finishing fifth.

Otto López pinches for Bichet in seventh, strokes a single in the middle. A sold-out crowd of 44,612 at Rogers Center gave him a cheering applause for the first hit of his Major League Baseball career, and he put his hand on his heart and pointed skyward to thank him.

The Blue Jays did not give up in the eighth.

Hernandez double drive in Gabriel Moreno and then tapia in Matt Chapman once again singles Jensen to the plate. Though Jess Catcher didn’t get the triple, he sent a sacrificial fly into deep right field to score Hernandez for his fifth RBI of the game.

Interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider said second baseman Santiago Espinal (Oblik) and outfielder Lourdes Gurrill Jr (hamstring) were making progress in their recovery. Schneider said that Espinal’s deadline has extended and he could see some action as the Blue Jays end their regular season with a three-game series in Baltimore.

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