The Toronto Blue Jays set their pace on the Milwaukee Brewers early in Tuesday night’s game at Rogers Center to win 7-2.
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The representatives of the Queen City seem to be back on the right track since they signed two consecutive victories for the first time in 15 games. Having beaten the Minnesota Twins 3-0 on Sunday, John Schneider’s men enjoyed a day off before this series against the Brewers.
Jays hitters were anxious to get their bats talking. It was starter Adrian Houser who fell victim to home favorite success. In just over four innings, he allowed 11 hits and seven runs.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Whit Merrifield and Matt Chapman, who drove in a 400th career run, all put Toronto on the scoreboard in the first inning. After three at bats, the score was already 7-2.
Yusei Kikuchi (6-2) was responsible for starting the game and even though he allowed a two-run homer to William Contreras, the Japanese gunner had a very good five-inning outing.
In the top of the fourth, he passed outfielder Joey Wimer in the mitt for his 500th strikeout. The Toronto crowd rose to cheer Kikuchi, who waved back at the fans.
Jays pitchers gave the Brewers just four hits to the safety net in that game. The visitors called on Quebecer Abraham Toro late in the game. Freshly recalled from the minors, the pinch-hitter was hit by a pitch in his mere presence at the plate. He was then pulled out in a double play.
The Blue Jays (29-26) moved up the AHL East standings due to a 9-8 loss to the Boston Red Sox (28-26). Facing the Cincinnati Reds at Fenway Park, the local favorites attempted a late comeback, but to no avail.
The visitors took an 8-0 lead in the seventh inning. Far from giving up, the Sox responded with three runs in that turn at bat, then five more in the ninth. The Reds finally stopped the bleeding after eight straight hitters hit the trails.
In the victory, Jose Barrero achieved his second grand slam of the season. The Reds won a fourth game in a row.
Fourth in their division, the Jays will host the Brewers again on Wednesday and Thursday.
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