MLB: the Jays consolidate their lead in the standings with a 13th victory in 17 games

Raimel Tapia hit a double that emptied the trails in the fifth inning and led the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.

With a 3-2 lead for the Canadian squad, Tapia came up to the plate and hit a double into center field. He helped the Blue Jays improve to 13-4 in September, an MLB high.

The Blue Jays (83-63) also stretched their seven-game lead over the Orioles (75-69) in the All-American playoff race.

John Schneider’s men rank first among the teams drafted while the Orioles sit fourth. The top three clubs will advance to the playoffs.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Matt Chapman. They picked up where they left off in second, as Cavan Biggio and Santiago Espinal crossed home on a George Springer double.

Springer had a strong game. He hit two on four at bats, drove in two runs, crossed home plate and made a spectacular catch while diving on a Ramon Urias strike.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went on the bases for the 11th game in a row thanks to a single in the first.

Orioles starter Kyle Bradish (3-7) found his way back after a poor start. He struck out nine straight batters before Urias missed a throw that catalyzed the Blue Jays offense in the fifth.

Bradish allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three in four and two-thirds innings.

Queen City starter Jose Berrios (11-5) struck out three, allowed two walks and was the victim of seven hits in six innings of work.

Reliever Jordan Romano landed his 34th save of the campaign.

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