The Toronto Blue Jays came within a hair’s breadth of accomplishing a small miracle, but finally lost 6-5 in the extra inning against the Minnesota Twins on Friday in Minneapolis.
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After erasing a 5-0 deficit, the Jays had to drop the flag in the 10th inning. Catcher Danny Jansen was unable to grab a throw from Matt Chapman on an optional from Tim Beckham, allowing Nick Gordon to cross the plate. Jordan Romano (3-3) added the loss to his record.
Before that, relievers Yimi Garcia and Michael Fulmer (4-4), respectively of the Jays and the Twins, had in turn extricated themselves from a delicate situation with the bases loaded.
The visitors fueled the long ball to start their comeback. Chapman hit a solo first in the fifth, then Santiago Espinal and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed suit on the sixth at bat of theirs.
Raimel Tapia then tied the game with a run single in the ninth inning.
The Twins started the game with a bang, thanks in part to the largesse of starting gunner Jose Berrios. The Jays pitcher first allowed a long solo ball to Mark Contreras in the third inning, then a productive single to Jose Miranda in the fourth.
His biggest blunder, however, came a few moments later, during his duel against Gordon. The Twins shortstop stretched his arms and allowed two of his teammates to cross the plate to make it 5-0.
The Jays and the Twins thus shared the honors during the first two duels of this series, which will continue on Saturday evening.
Mancini gets comfortable with the Astros
Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline, Trey Mancini was quick to find his bearings with the Houston Astros, who hit two home runs in a 9-3 win over the Guardians, Friday in Cleveland.
Used as the designated hitter for his second game in his new uniform, the 30-year-old first expelled an offering from pitcher Hunter Gaddis out of bounds. He thus allowed his team to create a 1-1 tie.
From the following round, Mancini presented himself again in front of Gaddis (0-1), but this time, all the cushions were occupied. The result remained the same, as his shot landed in the stands, emptying the paths in one swing.
Mancini finished his game with two hits and five RBIs.
Unsurprisingly, Gaddis is the one who saw the loss added to his record. In three and a third innings of work, he allowed eight runs on seven hits and two walks.
On the side of the Astros, Framber Valdez (10-4) easily amassed his 10th victory of the season, allowing him three points on seven strikes in a safe place and three walks.
The Phillies make the ball travel
In Philadelphia, the Phillies hit five home runs, driving in all seven of their runs, in a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
Crowd favorites wasted no time in kicking off this festival. On their first turn at bat, Rhys Hoskins and Darick Hall had solo hits, while Nick Castellanos added two runs with his long ball.
JT Realmuto (two runs), on the third inning, and Kyle Schwarber (one run), on the seventh onset, completed the other homers for the winners.
On the mound, Kyle Gibson (7-4) had no problem containing Nationals batters, allowing just one run on two hits and one walk in eight innings of work.