MLB: Matt Vierling ends debate in 10th and Phillies beat Blue Jays, 4-3
PHILADELPHIA — Matt Vierling completed a best-of-five night with a 10th-inning RBI single on Wednesday to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Vierling hit five singles for the Phillies, who had lost their last five games.
« There’s nothing better than that, » Vierling said. We definitely needed it (this victory). We worked hard all night. »
In the 10th, the bases were filled when he hit the ball very high, through the mound, against Adam Cimber (10-6).
Andrew Bellatti (4-3) was the last of seven pitchers used by the Phillies.
The club of Canadian Rob Thomson kept two and a half games of priority in front of Milwaukee, in the race for the last place available in the series in the National.
For the Jays, the outcome tarnished an evening when Vladimir Guerrero hit his 30th homer of the season.
Guerrero hit the long ball in the eighth, with Whit Merrifield and George Springer on the trails.
Merrifield led off the inning with a single. Then, on a ground ball from Springer, shortstop Bryson Stott made his third mistake in two nights, putting it off target at second base when he wanted to start a double play.
Guerrero followed that up with a cannon shot from beyond left field, against Seranthony Dominguez. The first baseman has hit from a safe place in his last 14 games.
The Phillies, however, created the deadlock with three runs in the bottom of the eighth (a home run from JT Realmuto, then one-run singles from Dalton Guthrie and Kyle Schwarber).
Toronto first threatened in the sixth, with runners on the ends and only one out. Alejandro Kirk, however, hit a double play ball.
Kevin Gausman blanked the Phillies for six innings, allowing five hits, all singles. He struck out eight batters.
« It’s unfortunate the way we lost, but we’re going to keep playing good baseball, » Gausman said. It will happen (defeats like this). It’s baseball. At this time of year, you don’t want to dwell on the pitfalls. We move on to the next game. »
In the third inning, Gausman took Vierling on the wrong foot at first base.
Philadelphia squandered a chance in the seventh, where the club had two runners on base and no outs. Schwarber was called out on an option, then Tim Mayza settled Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper with strikeouts.
On Thursday, the Blue Jays will begin a four-game series in Florida against the Rays.
Toronto, Seattle and Tampa Bay occupy the three additional places in view of the playoffs in the American. The Orioles are four and a half games behind the Rays.