Blue Jays win second consecutive game for first time in nearly three weeks

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Toronto Blue Jays were looking to win their second game in a row for the first time since August 11 on Sunday (August 29) in the final game of a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

Toronto drew first blood in the first inning, as Bo Bichette hit an opposite-field home run—his 21st of the season.

The Blue Jays added to their lead in the top of the fourth, as Kevin Smith hit a solo home run, the first of his big-league career.

The Tigers cut into the Blue Jays’ lead in the bottom of the sixth after a fielding error from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. allowed the runners to advance on what should have been a foul ball.

With a one-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Manager Charlie Montoyo sent Tim Mayza to the mound, who produced a scoreless inning and picked up his first save of the season.

After struggling in his last start, Jose Berrios was excellent. He pitched seven innings, giving up six hits, no earned runs, and he struck out 11 batters, one shy of his career best.

With the win, Toronto moves half a game closer to Boston for the final wild-card spot in the American League (if Cleveland can beat Boston in their afternoon game, Toronto will move to 5.5 games back of the last wild-card spot).

It’s the first time Toronto has won two consecutive games in nearly three weeks.

However, they’ll have a good chance to extend their short winning streak, as they’re heading back home to host the struggling Baltimore Orioles for a three-game series that starts on Monday. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.