Vladimir Guerrero Jr. tore his right ring finger to hit three home runs against the Yankees, including two off ace Gerrit Cole, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat New York, 6-4, Wednesday in night.
George Springer hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh, and Toronto held off the Yankees despite homers from Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres-and a fly in the eighth by pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton caught on the warning track.
Guerrero has a big hand in it.
Blue Jays 6, Yankees 4 | Box Score | Play-by-Play
The runner-up for last year’s American League Most Valuable Player Award took Cole in the first inning, with his hand accidentally spiked in a play on first base in the second, then hammering a line-drive, two -run shot against Cole in the third put Toronto 3-0.
He doubled Cole in the sixth-prompting the pitcher to show up tipping his cap to the 23-year-old-then launched a 443-foot leadoff homer against Jonathan Loaisiga in the eighth for a 5-3 advantage.
It was the second three homer game of Guerrero’s career, the equivalent of a long career set on April 27 against Washington. He was on deck when teammate Bo Bichette made the final out in the top of the ninth, leaving him without a shot to match the league’s big record of four homers in a game.
Guerrero led the mayors with four homers in six games after leading the majors with 48 last season.
Jordan Roman placed ninth for his fourth save of the season. He converted 27 consecutive chances.
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Guerrero looked like he had to leave in the second inning when his bare passing hand was stepped on by Aaron Hicks. Guerrero had to reach his body for Bichette’s throw and put his right hand behind the first base bag to balance. Hicks kicked an infield single.
The fourth-year big leaguer immediately started waving his hand, then walked toward the Toronto dugout as blood dripped from his uniform and the grass. In a show of strength sure to satisfy hockey-crazy fans back in Toronto, Guerrero had a trainer tape on his injury and was jogging back to first base a few minutes later.
The Mets Make Lead and Then Stay
PHILADELPHIA – Max Scherzer can finally pitch with all his might now that his right hamstring no longer bothers him.
It took him a bit to figure that out, but when he did, he turned himself into Cy Young.
Mets 9, Phillies 6 | Box Score | Play-by-Play
Scherzer settled in after working from an early jam, Pete Alonso drove five runs with a homer and two doubles and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 9-6, on Wednesday. It took a load of bases first for Scherzer (2-0) to recalibrate how to pitch his right leg again, then he hit the next batter, triggered the groundout and allowed a runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in five innings. .
“I just don’t fully execute every pitch where it needs to be,” Scherzer said. “It was enough to walk three in an inning to not control that spiral and stop a lot of runs in that situation. That really set the tone and allowed our offense to continue.”
Alonso and other Mets offense provided more than enough running support for the 37-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner. Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run from Aaron Nola in the third inning – the first Mets hit in the afternoon – before the middle of the order stopped in the fourth and fifth.
“We did an excellent job of pouring it on all day,” said Alonso, who is once again the designated hitter instead of wanting to play at first base. “We have very good at-bats one to nine, and that’s what it takes to win these tough, division games.”
Alonso’s first RBI double helped knock Nola out of the game. The right-hander also lost command in the fourth, walked a batter and hit two more to load the bases and get the hook from manager Joe Girardi. Nola (1-1) allowed three earned runs on three hits in 3 innings.
The Mets also knocked out the Phillies bullpen, becoming five relievers after Nola’s brief start and the upcoming off day. Alonso drilled a three-run homer run right center in the sixth to make it 8-1 and end Scherzer’s day after throwing 96 pitches.
“It was a great moment in the game that put us ahead of a bunch, and thankfully that was enough,” Alonso said. “Philly is a big offense. They are a great team. They started coming back there. But I feel like that’s what’s coming because the team is big.
Webb was dominant as the Giants defeated Padres
SAN FRANCISCO – Logan Webb put up four hit balls in eight innings and Luke Williams doubled home on the only run he needed when the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1, on Wednesday .
Webb (1-0), who came out as an ace to the Giants last season, allowed a run. He retired 22 of the last 24 hitters he met, scored seven and didn’t walk.
Giants 2, Fathers 1 | Box Score | Play-by-Play
With his first two starts, Webb had just surrendered two runs in 14 innings.
Padres lefty Sean Manaea (1-1) was also stingy, holding San Francisco to two runs in six innings on four hit balls. But Williams ’two-run double in the second erased a 1-0 lead over San Diego and in the end it was a decision.
The Padres threatened a ninth against Giants reliever Camilo Doval. Jake Cronenworth reached for a one-out infield single, Eric Hosmer walked in with two outs and Doval hit Jurickson Profar to load the bases.
But Doval beat pinch-hitter Matt Beaty on an off-speed pitch to end his first save.
Scoreboard: Box marks and summaries for the rest of Wednesday’s action.