The Jays still muzzle the Pirates

For the second time in as many days, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t offer much to eat for their fans gathered at PNC Park. The Toronto Blue Jays won 4-1 on Saturday.

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The day after a shutout suffered against these same Jays, the Pirates could not take advantage of the absence of Alek Manoah to generate points. Interim manager John Schneider used no fewer than seven pitchers to muzzle the Pennsylvania squad, and only Yusei Kikuchi struggled.

The Japanese gunner allowed four hits and the hosts’ only run in two and a third innings. Oneil Cruz scored a one-point triple at his own expense to open the scoring.

The Jays gushed in the seventh inning, however, when Bo Bichette hit his 34e duplicate of the campaign. At the same time, he sent George Springer, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Matt Chapman to the plate to deal a blow to the Pirates.

This action came shortly after the end of the evening from Roansy Contreras, who had previously disturbed the hitters of the Canadian team. He allowed just one earned run and four hits in six innings.

Raimel Tapia drove in the only run on his own with a groundout in the fourth inning.

Elsewhere, second baseman Santiago Espinal had to leave the game after receiving a hand shot on the eighth downing.

Corey Kluber wows

At Tropicana Field, gunner Corey Kluber brilliantly took on the daunting task of gagging the New York Yankees batters, and the Tampa Bay Rays posted a narrow 2-1 victory.

Kluber (10-7) and his teammates left the Bronx Bombers with nothing for seven innings. He allowed just two safe hits and four free passes, but struck out just four batters.

At the very end of the duel, Aaron Judge continued his dream season by hitting a 52e long ball. It was, however, the only moment of celebration for the Yankees on offense.

Yandy Diaz drove in the Rays’ only two runs with a single swing. His shot, good for a single, ricocheted off pitcher Clarke Schmidt (5-4), allowing two teammates to cross home plate.

The Florida outfit are now only four games behind their New York rivals and first in the American East Division.


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