Blue Jays blowout Baltimore in finale of four-game series

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, September 12, 2021

After a pair of wild finishes in their double-header on Saturday (September 11), the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to take the finale of their four-game series with the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

After falling behind in both games on Saturday, Toronto got on the board early on Sunday, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first thanks in large part to a grand slam from Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

Toronto added another run in the top of the second, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a solo home run, which extended the Blue Jays’ lead to 6-0.

In the bottom of the second, the Orioles scored three runs on a pair of singles after their first two batters reached base on walks, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead in half.  

However, in the top of the third, Toronto added 10 more runs including a two-run home run from Jake Lamb, and a grand slam from Teoscar Hernandez, Toronto’s second of the game.

In the bottom of the inning, Baltimore went deep for the first time in the game, as Ryan Mountcastle homered to centre field.

Toronto added two more in the top of the fifth, as Gurriel Jr hit his second home run of the game, a two-run shot that made it 18-4.

In the top of the sixth, Toronto added four more runs on four hits, extending their lead to 22-4.

In their half of the sixth, the Orioles got one run back, as Anthony Santander hit a solo home run to left field, Baltimore’s second homer of the game.

The Orioles added two runs in the bottom of the seventh, including another solo home run, this time from Austin Wynns.

With a 15-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Manager Charlie Montoyo went with Julian Merryweather, who struggled on Friday in his return from the injured list.

Merryweather didn’t struggle in this one, as he retired the side in order, and Toronto cruised to the 22-7 victory.

Toronto’s red-hot offense continued firing on all cylinders—the Orioles pitching staff only produced four scoreless innings, and the first didn’t come until the fourth. Toronto went deep five times in the game, and they’ve now hit 230 home runs this season, the most in MLB.

Toronto’s 44 runs in the series are the most in a four-game series in franchise history, and their 10-run third inning was the second inning in consecutive games wherein they reached double digit runs scored.

Gurriel Jr.’s grand slam in the first was his fourth of the season, it’s the most in a season for any Toronto Blue Jays player.

Guerrero Jr.’s home run in the second was his 44th of the season, which ties Shohei Ohtani for the MLB lead.

Lamb's home run in the third was his first as a Blue Jay.

Hernandez’s grand slam in the third was the first time in franchise history Toronto has hit two grand slams in a single game. It also gave him 102 RBI’s for the season—he’s the second Blue Jay to reach triple digits for RBI’s, after Guerrero Jr. notched 100 in the previous series against the Yankees.

With the win, the Blue Jays move to 80-63 on the season, and they remain ahead of the New York Yankees for the second and final wild-card spot in the American League.

After winning seven of the eight games on this road trip, the Blue Jays return to Toronto to host the Tampa Bay Rays for a three-game series starting on Monday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.