The Blue Jays fall to Cleveland in an extra-inning loss, dropping first place in the last 5 games
The Blue Jays’ revelry on their return to Rogers Center ended with an extra inning loss to Cleveland on Monday.
After Myles Straw scored on a left field single from Cleveland shortstop Amed Rosario, infielder Jose Ramirez hit a home run that touched the left field foul post in the extra frame.
Toronto newcomer Brad Hand (5-6), acquired in a trade last Thursday, was defeated with a botched 10th inning.
The loss ended a potential five-game winning streak for the Blue Jays (54-49) and marred the earlier exploits of slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Blue Jays outfielder George Springer led the sixth inning with a center single with Cleveland (52-51) ahead 2-0. With chants of “MVP, MVP” from most of Rogers Center’s 14,653 fans, Guerrero hit a 1-0 pitch in the left-field seats for his 34th Homer of the Year and the Blue Jays’ 160th round in Major League Baseball. -tripper.
Toronto skipper Charlie Montoyo took on Guerrero for the first time this season on Sunday. His playful pirogue antics prompted his teammates to jokingly stick him at the end of the bench.
Springer was named American League Player of the Week earlier today.
Robbie Ray, who is pitching for the first time as Blue Jay at Rogers Center, has gone 5-2 in his last seven starts. But Cleveland’s roster made him work deep into the scoring in many batting starts, resulting in a 64-pitch tally after three innings.
Cleveland sent seven batters home in the fourth inning against Ray, charging in with a strikeout after singles from Myles Straw and Amed Rosario and a walk to designated hitter Franmil Reyes.
A straight field single from Harold Ramirez hit in Straw, but Toronto outfielder Randal Grichuk knocked Rosario home. However, Cleveland right fielder Oscar Mercado increased his team’s lead to 2-0 with a left single, scoring Reyes.
After Cimber worked a scoreless seventh inning, new Blue Jays reliever Joakim Soria made his debut with a one-two-three-eighth, striking out the last two batters. Soria was acquired before the MLB trade deadline on Friday.
Cleveland starter Eli Morgan, 25, made his eighth career start. He lasted six innings with nine strikeouts.
The outing marked Day 11 of a 17-day streak that will see the Blue Jays play 18 games.
Former Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale was in his fourth game as interim manager for Cleveland. He replaced Terry Francona, who took time off last week for health reasons for the remainder of the season.