José Berríos pitched into the seventh inning to beat his former staff, Bo Bichette homered in a five-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays elevated their lead within the playoff race by beating the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Sunday.
Toronto now leads the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 video games for the second AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays are one recreation behind Boston for the highest slot.
The Blue Jays have 13 video games remaining. The Yankees have 12 and Boston has 11.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and an RBI because the Blue Jays improved to 15-3 in September. Toronto (84-65) is a season-best 19 video games above .500.
Traded to Toronto on July 30 after six seasons with the Twins, Berríos (12-9) confronted his ex-teammates for the primary time. He allowed three runs and 4 hits to win for the fourth time in 5 begins.
“I felt like I used to be enjoying again in Puerto Rico in my yard with a variety of buddies I do know from a very long time in the past,” Berrios mentioned. “I loved this quite a bit at the moment.
Berríos improved to 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA in 10 begins with the Blue Jays.
“Since Jose obtained right here, he’s been serving to us quite a bit,” Guerrero mentioned via a translator.
Berríos left to a standing ovation after giving up Ben Rortvedt’s solo house run within the seventh.
“This was a begin we’ve seen earlier than from José Berríos, besides normally he’s strolling into our dugout,” Twins supervisor Rocco Baldelli mentioned.
“We have been in a position to get a number of licks in there, we simply weren’t in a position to get sufficient,” he mentioned.
Trevor Richards struck out three of the 4 batters he confronted and Jordan Romano completed for his nineteenth save in 20 probabilities.
Minnesota misplaced for the sixth time in eight video games.
With an off day Monday, Baldelli determined to empty his bullpen for the sequence finale. Minnesota opened with right-hander Luke Farrell, who hadn’t allowed a run in three September appearances.
Farrell (1-1) struck out George Springer to start the sport, however the Blue Jays adopted with seven straight hits. Marcus Semien doubled and scored on Guerrero’s single, and Bichette adopted along with his twenty sixth house run. Toronto’s 237 homers are probably the most within the majors.
4 extra singles adopted, together with RBI hits by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Breyvic Valera, earlier than Danny Jansen grounded right into a fielder’s selection and Farrell retired Springer for a second time to finish the inning.
Farrell is the son of former Blue Jays supervisor John Farrell. His brother, Shane, is Toronto’s scouting director.
Minnesota’s Nick Gordon hit a two-run double off Berríos within the fourth.
Following the sport, Guerrero and Donaldson met behind house plate to change jerseys and share an embrace amid cheers from the group of 14,601. Guerrero mentioned he requested Donaldson for a jersey throughout Saturday’s recreation and the Twins slugger mentioned he needed certainly one of Guerrero’s, in order that they hatched a plan for Sunday’s swap.
“He advised me, ‘Keep targeted and preserve working onerous to the tip,’” mentioned Guerrero, who was a 3rd baseman in Toronto’s minor league system when Donaldson was starring at third for the Blue Jays.
HOME SWEET DOME
Toronto is 21-9 at Rogers Centre since returning north of the border July 30.
Berríos has now confronted all 30 large league groups.
Blue Jays: Toronto put LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (neck soreness) on the 10-day injured listing and recalled LHP Tayler Saucedo from Triple-A Buffalo. Ryu has an 8.10 ERA over his previous eight begins.
Twins: RHP Joe Ryan is scheduled to start out Wednesday towards the Cubs. Ryan left final Tuesday’s begin towards Cleveland after being struck on the wrist by a batted ball. … Donaldson was hit on the precise elbow by a pitch from Berríos within the fourth however completed the sport.
Blue Jays: LHP Robbie Ray (12-5, 2.64) begins Monday within the opener of a three-game sequence at Tampa Bay. Ray is 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA in 5 begins towards Tampa Bay this season. The Rays haven’t named a starter.
Twins: RHP Griffin Jax (3-4, 6.65) begins Tuesday as Minnesota visits Chicago for a two-game interleague sequence towards the Cubs. RHP Alec Mills (6-6, 4.50) begins for Chicago.