MLB: Blue Jays retain lead over Orioles as drafted team

PITTSBURGH – Bo Bichette broke a 1-1 tie with a three-point double in the seventh on Saturday, guiding the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh against the Pirates.

Second batter in the seventh, George Springer went there with a single, before a walk to Vladimir Guerrero. Matt Chapman walked another, then Bichette hit his 34th double this season.

Very tenacious, Bichette hit this double on the 11th shot of his time at bat.

« You should never give up, » Bichette philosophized about his long time at bat. “Don’t let him outrun you. I have to believe in my abilities and in who I am. »

Underwood made 37 pitches in the inning before being substituted following Bichette’s strike. The latter has maintained a .362 batting average in his last 12 games.

« If you look at Bo’s battle, his two-strike approach and fouls and his shot success, it shows how competitive he is, » Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. « He’s really, really good right now. We’re talking about an elite hitter with skills few people have. »

Oneil Cruz drove in the Pirates run in the third, with a triple.

The Jays tied the score an inning later. Bichette hit a single, Lourdes Gurriel a double and shortly after, Raimel Tapia pushed Bichette home with an optional.

The visitors could have gotten into trouble in the fifth where Pittsburgh had two runners on base, with no outs.

Yusei Kikuchi did well by disposing of Cruz on decision, with an inside shot. He then gave way to Yimi Garcia (4-4), who drew a double play ball against Kevin Newman.

Springer hit two singles and scored a run, going 0-for-18 in four games. He also stole a 12th base, a Blue Jays high.

Jordan Romano settled the case for the Pirates on 12 shots in the ninth, for a 29th save. He is second in the American at this level, in a stalemate with Liam Hendricks of the Chicago White Sox.

Toronto remains a game and a half ahead of Baltimore for the last available playoff spot in the American.

The Jays will visit the Orioles Monday through Wednesday, including a doubleheader.

The Pirates were one more hit than the Blue Jays (7-6), but still lost their third straight game.

Duane Underwood (1-4) allowed three runs, two hits and two walks in two thirds of an inning.

Sunday afternoon, Ross Stripling will face JT Brubaker.

Infielder Santiago Espinal left the game after being hit in the left hand by a pitch in the 8th inning.

The Blue Jays announced that Espinal underwent magnetic resonance and the results came out negative. He was diagnosed with a bruised hand.

Scherzer leaves due to discomfort

New York Mets gunner Max Scherzer left the game after five innings due to left side discomfort. Scherzer threw 67 shots and allowed three hits and a run before leaving the game. He also added five strikeouts.

The Mets suffered a 7-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. Scherzer has missed seven weeks of action this season with a left oblique injury. His presence for only five innings equals his lowest total innings pitched in a game this season.

The Nationals started their game strong when Luis Garcia hit a solo homer in the first inning.

Eduardo Escobar provided the reply in the 3rd inning for the Mets, also with a solo slap.

After taking control of the game in the 8th inning thanks to a solo homer from Lane Thomas, the Nationals exploded in the 9th inning with five runs to outrun New York.

The Mets had won their last three games.

Elsewhere in the National

Phillies 4 – Giants 5
PHI: Bryson Stott crossed the plate three times in addition to hitting three hits, including a home run
SF: Two hits and three RBIs for Joc Pederson in victory

Cubs 4 – Cardinals 8
CHI: Franmil Reyes drove in two runs on two hits
STL: Paul Goldschmidt hits the 34th homer of his season and ends the game with two runs scored, two hits and two RBIs

Marlins 1 – Braves 2
MIA: Charles Leblanc was shut out in four at bats and struck out on three occasions
ATL: Robbie Grossman walked a late 9th inning with the bases loaded to give the Braves the win

Brewers 8 – Diamondbacks 6
MIL: Tyrone Taylor drove in the game-winning run with a two-run homer in the 10th inning. He crossed the plate three times in addition to producing three points
ARI: Cooper Hummel scored two runs in addition to hitting two hits and driving in a run

Padres 1 – Dodgers 12
SD: Manny Machado hit his 26th homer of the season in the 6th inning
LAD: Mookie Betts finished the game with three runs scored, two hits and three RBIs. He hit his 33rd homer of the season

Rockies-Reds: Postponed

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