MLB: Blue Jays win big at home over Baltimore to keep their playoff hopes alive
Toronto, Canada - The Toronto Blue Jays won a must-win game against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, keeping within reach of a possible AL Wild Card spot in the upcoming MLB postseason.
The Jays blew out the Orioles at home 10-1 to stay in the American League Wild Card race, just a game behind the Red Sox and Yankees, who are tied with identical records in the top spot.
This was the second of a three-game set for the Blue Jays against their division rivals, who were looking to spoil Toronto’s chances for more October baseball.
There were home runs aplenty for the Jays as first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr. (22) hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give his team an early lead. He went 2-for-5 in the game before exiting the game in the eighth with a sore ankle.
Teoscar Hernández followed that blast up with a solo shot of his own, his only hit of the game.
The Orioles answered back in the second inning when Trey Mancini scored off of a Ryan McKenna groundout, a play that would produce Baltimore’s only run that day.
The Blue Jays were soon back at it in the bottom half with a three-run shot by center fielder George Springer, part of his 4-for-5 outing, including two runs scored on his own.
Santiago Espinal doubled to score Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the third while Dante Bichette and Danny Jansen each homered in the fifth to give the Jays a 10-1 lead.
That was all Toronto needed, as Alek Manoah pitched through seven innings of one-hit baseball, striking out 10, while allowing Baltimore’s only run on the board. With the win, he improves his record to 9-2.
John Means got the start for the Orioles but only lasted three innings, allowing six runs and only striking out two to fall to 6-9 on the year.
The season finale pits these two teams against each other one last time on Sunday afternoon, back in Toronto.
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