Guerrero Hits MLB-Leading 45th HR, Blue Jays Rout Rays 8-1 | Sports News

By IAN HARRISON, Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — All on one swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. topped his Hall of Fame father and moved forward of Shohei Ohtani.

Guerrero hit his main league-leading 45th residence run, Alek Manoah set a profession excessive by pitching eight shutout innings of one-hit ball, and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 on Monday evening.

Teoscar Hernández had his first profession five-hit recreation and Bo Bichette added a solo homer, his twenty fourth, because the surging Blue Jays improved to 12-1 in September.

“Tonight, in all facets of the game, the Blue Jays just dominated us,” Rays middle fielder Kevin Kiermaier mentioned.

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The AL East-leading Rays, outhit 17-2, misplaced for the fourth time in 5 video games and are 5-7 this month after going 21-6 in August.

“We hate losing games, don’t get me wrong,” Kiermaier mentioned, “but no one is hanging their head or slouching their shoulders after the last four or five days.”

Facing left-hander Adam Conley within the sixth, Guerrero lined a 3-1 pitch down the left-field line, breaking a tie with Ohtani, the Angels’ two-way star, for many residence runs within the large leagues.

Guerrero’s homer had a launch angle of 15 levels, tying San Diego’s Manny Machado (Aug. 20 in opposition to Philadelphia) for the bottom on a house run that cleared the fence this season.

“I think the third baseman jumped,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned. “I thought it was going to hit the wall — there was no way it was going out. When it went out I went, ‘Oh my God.’ Not many people can do that.”

With his homer, Guerrero additionally eclipsed the single-season excessive set by his dad with Montreal in 2000. The drive got here off the bat at 113.9 mph and was projected at 356 ft.

Toronto leads the majors with 232 residence runs this 12 months.

Kiermaier climbed the wall to make a spectacular catch on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s deep drive within the seventh.

“Awesome play by KK,” Rays supervisor Kevin Cash mentioned.

Gurriel had three hits and two RBIs, and Breyvic Valera added three hits and drove in three runs because the Blue Jays maintained their place atop the crowded AL wild-card chase. Toronto started the day tied with Boston, however the Blue Jays have performed two fewer video games than the Red Sox.

“We know what’s at stake, we know what we’re playing for,” Manoah mentioned. “Huge series right here, got to get as many as we can and keep it going.”

With 17 hits in all, it was one other offensive outburst by the Blue Jays, who scored 22 runs in opposition to Baltimore on Sunday. That got here sooner or later after Toronto put up 22 runs in a doubleheader in opposition to the Orioles.

“After the third or fourth inning, the game was basically over,” Cash mentioned.

Making heavy use of his slider, Manoah (6-2) walked none and struck out 10, one shy of his profession finest.

“That slider was nasty tonight against some good left-handed hitters,” Montoyo mentioned.

Manoah gained for the primary time since beating the Angels on Aug. 11, snapping a five-start winless streak.

“His fastball is kind of unique,” Cash mentioned. “It really gets on hitters quick. Then he’s able to throw that breaking ball underneath. He pitched really well.”

The rookie right-hander was excellent till Joey Wendle singled on a two-strike fastball with two outs within the fifth. Manoah responded by hanging out Taylor Walls to finish the inning.

Rays outfielder Austin Meadows hit a house run off Trevor Richards within the ninth, his twenty fifth.

Tampa Bay left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (8-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings of early reduction.

“His stuff, it’s a tick down right now for whatever reason,” Cash mentioned. “He’s battling through it.”

Manoah reached 100 profession strikeouts faster than any pitcher in Blue Jays historical past, doing so in his seventeenth recreation. Juan Guzmán and Drew Hutchison every wanted 20 video games to succeed in the mark.

The Rays and Blue Jays met of their fourth totally different location this season. Besides Toronto and St. Petersburg, Florida, in addition they performed in Toronto’s non permanent houses of Dunedin, Florida, and Buffalo, New York.

Cash mentioned INF Brandon Lowe was held out of the beginning lineup as a result of his legs are “beat up.” Cash mentioned Lowe was out there off the bench.

The Blue Jays recalled LHP Ryan Borucki from Triple-A Buffalo and optioned RHP Trent Thornton to their prime farm membership.

Blue Jays RHP José Berríos (11-7, 3.52 ERA) faces Rays RHP Drew Rasmussen (2-1, 3.25) on Tuesday. Berríos is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in 4 profession conferences with the Rays, however hasn’t confronted them since May 2019 with Minnesota.

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