MLB: Thursday’s loss to the Orioles formalizes Blue Jays presence in the playoffs

JD Martinez hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 8th inning, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

If this victory had no particular meaning for Boston, on the other hand, the Toronto Blue Jays savored it.

The defeat of the Orioles (80-76) indeed confirms the qualification of the Jays (87-69) for the playoffs, all with six games to play on the regular schedule.

This will be the Blue Jays’ first playoff appearance since the shortened 2020 season.

« Guys are excited to be in this position, » Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “We have three very good pitchers who will face a good team – the Red Sox – at home.

“I think we’re more excited than nervous or whatever. I think the guys are going to come out strong and be ready to play on Friday night. »

Martinez smashed a 3-3 tie by sending a Dillon Tate offering wide to left center field.

The Torontonians will face the Sox and the Orioles in a three-game series to end the season. Their 162nd final game is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5.

The Orioles still have a slim chance of being in the post-season meeting, while the 2nd place reserved for a drafted club remains within their reach.

The Red Sox signed a third consecutive victory.

Kyle Stowers homered for the Orioles, who have lost five of their last six games.

Off Thursday, the Blue Jays will host the Red Sox from Friday to Sunday. In the first game, Canadian Nick Pivetta will face a pitcher to be determined from the Toronto clan.

Toronto leads the trio of clubs that will advance to the playoffs without being section champions. The portrait is completed by the Tampa Bay Rays and the Seattle Mariners.

The best of these clubs will be at home in the first round, in a best-of-three series.

The other two teams in the group will play away in the first round.

Elsewhere in the American League

Kansas City 3 – Detroit 10
Jonathan Heasley (4-9) struggled on the mound, allowing five runs in four and two-thirds innings.

TED: Willi Castro and Javier Baez homered, while Tucker Barnhart had three hits.

Chicago White Sox 4 – Minnesota 3
A double from Jose Abreu, his 38th of the season, scored the winning point.

MIN: The Twins, who are out of the playoff race, suffered an 80th loss, against 76 victories.

Tampa Bay-Cleveland

Oakland-LA Angels


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