|Marcus Semien (left) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the Toronto Blue Jays to a come-back victory. © AFP=News1|
The Toronto Blue Jays escaped from a five-game losing streak by bench-clearing the starting pitcher and hitting six home runs.
Toronto defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-7 in the Major League Baseball (MLB) game held at Oriole Park in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on the 20th (Korean time). It was 4-7 until the 8th, but in the beginning of the 9th, he drew 6 points and completed a dramatic comeback drama.
Toronto, out of five consecutive losses, recorded a record of 34 wins and 35 losses, nearing a return to a win rate of 50 percent. The American League Eastern Division’s joint leaders Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays (43 wins and 28 losses) are 8 games.
Toronto dominated the lead with home runs from Marcus Semien and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the first inning, but then lost the lead when starting pitcher Alec Manoa allowed four home runs.
Sharpened his nerves, Manoa hit back-to-back home runs from Ryan Mountcastle and DJ Stewart in the bottom of the 4th inning, and then threw a four-ball at Michael Franco. As a result, the two teams bench-cleared, creating a harsh atmosphere, and Manoa was ordered to leave.
Toronto continued to conceded, and Anthony Kay, who came as second pitcher, also hit two home runs.
However, the Toronto strikeout exploded in the first two runs of the ninth, falling 4-7. Semien’s push-out walk and Bo Bisett’s two-run hit put the score at 7-7, and Guerrero Jr. slid a long hit, bringing the two homemakers. Then Randall Gritschick doubled and Guerrero Jr. stepped home to make it 10-7.
Guerrero Jr., who hit the final hit, played 2 runs in 5 at-bats (1 homer), 3 RBIs and 2 runs. With his 23rd home run of the season, he surpassed Fernando Tatis Jr. (22, San Diego Padres) by one car and took the sole lead in this category. Semien, who hit two home runs that day, was tied for fifth place (18) in the home run category.
With Toronto escaping from their fifth consecutive loss, Hyun-Jin Ryu, who will appear in the match on the 21st, will be able to prepare with a more comfortable mind. Ryu Hyun-jin is challenging Baltimore for 6 wins in the season, but has not won 3 games in a row this month.