Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major league-leading 45th home run, Alec Manoah scored a career-high scoring eight shutout innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8–1
TORONTO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his major league-leading 45th home run, Alec Manoah scored a career-high scoring eight shutout innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 on Monday night.
Teoscar Hernández had the first five-hit game of his career and Bo Bichette added a single home run, his 24th, as the Blue Jays improved to 12-1 in September.
The AL East-led Rays have lost for the fourth time in five games and are 5-7 this month after leading 21-6 in August.
Facing left-hander Adam Connelly in the sixth, Guerrero pitched 3–1 down the left field line, making most home runs in the big leagues with Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
In doing so, Guerrero also eclipsed the single-season high set by his Hall of Fame father in 2000 with Montreal.
Toronto leads the majors this year with 232 home runs.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kirmeyer climbed the wall in seventh to take a brilliant catch off Lourdes Gurrell Jr.’s deep drive.
Gurriel had three hits and two RBIs, and Breivik Valera added three hits and scored three as the Blue Jays maintained their position in the crowded AL wild-card chase. Toronto started the day with Boston, but the Blue Jays have played two fewer games than the Red Sox.
With a total of 17 hits, it was another offensive blast by the Blue Jays, who scored 22 against Baltimore on Sunday. It came a day after Toronto scored 22 in a doubleheader against the Orioles.
Manoah (6-2) allowed just one hit, did not run and scored 10, his career-best performance. They won for the first time since defeating the Angels on August 11, breaking a five-start winless streak.
The rookie right-hander was on the right until Joy Wendell hit a single with two outs in the fifth on a two-strike fastball. Manoah responded by dismissing Taylor Walls to end the innings.
Rays outfielder Austin Meadows scored a home run off Trevor Richards in ninth, 25th position.
Tampa Bay left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) conceded seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Rays manager Kevin Cash said INF Brandon Lowe was left out of the starting lineup because his legs “beat up”. Cash said Lowe’s was available from the bench.
The Blue Jays recalled LHP Ryan Borucki from Triple-A Buffalo and added RHP Trent Thornton to their top-of-form club.
Blue Jays RHP Jose Berios (11-7, 3.52 ERA) will face Rays RHP Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.25) on Tuesday. Berios is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in four career meetings with the Rays, but has not faced him since May 2019 with Minnesota.
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