Guerrero Jr., Hernandez dominate the Blue Jays over the Twins in the series opener

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer, Teoscar Hernandez homered for the second straight day and the Toronto Blue Jays cruised to a 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Whit Merrifield, who revealed earlier in the day that he is now vaccinated against COVID-19 and cleared to play in Canada, had two hits in his Blue Jays debut after being acquired from Kansas City for two minor leaguers earlier in the day. change limit.

“I think if you can line them up, they all have that potential for damage,” Toronto interim manager John Schneider said of his lineup with the addition of Merrifield. “But if you can get guys on base and put the ball in play like we’ve been preaching all year, I know we walked six, five in the first five innings and got nothing, but when you put that combination of on base and damage together, it’s pretty good.”

Toronto won for the 12th time in 15 games and got six effective innings from Alek Manoah.

Manoah (12-5) allowed two runs on two hits but tied a season high with four walks.

The first-time All-Star was hit by a comeback for the second straight start. He left his previous start with a bruised elbow after being hit. On Thursday, he was hit in the right triceps area in the fourth inning for Minnesota’s first hit, but remained in the game.

“Okay,” Manoah said. “We’ll see tomorrow, but this time it went up a little more in my triceps.”

Twins starter Sonny Gray also had a no-hitter in the middle of the inning before Cavan Biggio singled with two outs in the fifth. Gray finished after five innings, allowing just one hit, but walked a season-high five batters.

Emilio Pagán (3-5) relieved Gray and allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits in one inning.

“We added some good arms to our ‘pen and I think we’re going to see some really good production out of our bullpen these last two months of the season,” Minnesota manager Rocco Baldelli said of Jorge Lopez’s trade additions. and Michael Fulmer. “I think our bullpen is going to end up being a strength for this team down the stretch. We didn’t see it all come together today, but I really think that’s going to be the case.”

Hernandez sent Pagán’s bid to the back of the second deck in left field to start a three-run sixth run. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Merrifield added RBI singles. Guerrero’s 22nd homer capped a six-run eighth.

José Miranda had two RBIs for Minnesota on a pitch hit and a groundout. Jake Cave hit his first home run in his third game this season.



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