Danny Jansen Corey Dickerson Blue Jays de Toronto Baltimore Orioles AL Wild Card – .

Danny Jansen Corey Dickerson Blue Jays de Toronto Baltimore Orioles AL Wild Card – .

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo’s surprise decision to insert Cavan Biggio at first base on Friday was one of the reasons his club maintained their playoff hopes with two games left in the regular season.
In his first game with the Blue Jays in two months, Biggio had three hits, hit a run and also scored in a four-run sixth inning in Toronto’s 6-4 win over the Orioles from Baltimore.

The victory put the Blue Jays (89-71) one game behind the Boston Red Sox in the fight for second place wildcard in the American League.

The Red Sox (90-70) overtook the Washington Nationals 4-2. The Seattle Mariners (89-70) started the day tied with the Red Sox and then faced the Los Angeles Angels.

During a summer filled with sore hands, necks and elbows, Biggio left the Blue Jays on August 2 with a back injury and was sent to Triple-A Buffalo to regain his health.

Biggio was called up this week and was part of the roster for Friday’s series opener the last weekend of the regular season.

“I don’t want to get emotional or anything, but it was special,” Biggio said.

Montoyo wanted to give Vladimir Guerrero Jr. a day off and used him as his designated hitter on Friday.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. has often spelled Guerrero at first base this season, but Gurriel is unavailable with a right hand injury.

Biggio was therefore given the mission of first base instead. He played well and in the seventh he landed a wild Espinal throw to knock out Orioles outfielder Austin Hays.

Sharing the limelight with Biggio, starter Steven Matz (14-7), closest Canadian Jordan Romano and receivers Danny Jansen and Corey Dickerson.

Jansen and Dicker hit home runs in the third and sixth innings respectively. The Blue Jays lead Major League Baseball in home runs with 253.

Jansen’s 10th of the year was a two-run blast to left field. Jansen’s solo shooting twice at the start of the four-round rally was his sixth.

Matz (14-7) now leads Toronto in wins. He pitched a solid seven-plus innings, facing two batters in the eighth inning.

A Kelvin Gutierrez homerun ruined his shutout offer, and Matz left after walking the next batter.

When Montoyo came out of the dugout to lift his starter, the crowd of 28,855 at Rogers Center gave Matz a standing ovation.

“That’s what you want to feel at this time of year, October 1, playing in meaningful games,” said Matz.

He struck out five and gave up six hits on his 88-pitch exit.

With Toronto leading 6-1, Adam Cimber was greeted by a two-run homerun from Pat Valaika.

Cimber gave way to Romano after hitting Cedric Mullins and dropping a single to AL rookie candidate of the year Ryan Mountcastle.

Then, after allowing Trey Mancini a single to score another Baltimore point, Romano loaded the goals with a walk to Pedro Severino. But he did manage to get the hitter who started the Blue Jays mess, Gutierrez, out on a force takedown.

Romano struck out the visiting team in the final set, but threw 32 shots, a season-high, for a rare five-strikeout stoppage, his 23rd.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 1, 2021.


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