MLB: a defensive duel in favor of the Jays

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Offense didn’t really take center stage in Saturday’s matchup between the Blue Jays and the Cleveland Guardians in Toronto, but the crowd favorites still got away with a narrow 2 win. to 1.

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As well as ending their own three-game losing streak, the winners ended the visitors’ six-game winning streak.

In the duel, each team had a measly six hits, but it was interim manager John Schneider’s men who were the most opportunistic, thanks to two solo homers.

Trailing 1-0, Matt Chapman brought both clubs back to square one by ejecting pitcher Triston McKenzie out of bounds in the fifth inning. Two laps later, Teoscar Hernandez imitated his teammate, to give his team the lead.

The loss also went to McKenzie (8-9), who won’t have much to reproach himself for, having only allowed five hits and two walks.

In the Jays’ camp, starter Mitch White was not involved in the decision, although he only allowed one run on three hits and as many walks, since he was on the butted for only four and two-thirds innings. Rather, it was reliever Anthony Bass (3-3), who was in action during the seventh assault, who added the gain to his record.

Arriving at the end of the eighth inning, Jordan Romano recorded his last four outs, half of them by striking out an opponent, to sign his 26e rescue of the season.

The two teams will end this series on Sunday.



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