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Guardians top Toronto 8-2 in 2nd game for doubleheader split

The Guardians dropped game 1 of the doubleheader 8-3.
Credit: AP
Cleveland Guardians' Franmil Reyes celebrates while running the bases after hitting a solo home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ross Stripling during the third inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

CLEVELAND — Owen Miller delivered a two-run double and Franmil Reyes homered and had two RBIs, helping the Cleveland Guardians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 and earn a doubleheader split on Saturday.

The Blue Jays won the opener 8-3 as George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against ace Shane Bieber.

In the second game, Miller’s double was part of a three-run first. Reyes hit a solo shot in the third and singled home Amed Rosario in the fifth. The Guardians were playing in their MLB-high third doubleheader, all at Progressive Field.

Triston McKenzie (2-2) earned his second straight victory with six innings of two-run ball, striking out nine. Cleveland has won six of eight since falling a season-low five games below .500 on April 28.

Bo Bichette had an RBI double in the first and Santiago Espinal doubled home a run in the second for Toronto, which had its final 20 hitters retired in order by McKenzie and a trio of relievers. Ross Stripling (0-1) gave up four runs in four innings.

In the opener, Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (3-1) allowed one run and struck out five over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander issued his first walk of the season against his 137th batter, Reyes in the fourth, after 35 1/3 innings without a free pass.

“The guys did a really good job against a really good pitcher in Bieber,” Gausman said. “That was really the difference-maker. We have such a potent lineup. You’re always just one or two swings away from changing the game.”

Bieber (1-2) surrendered a career-high tying seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner did not have a strikeout for the first time in 86 career starts and 88 total appearances.

“It was just lack of command, lack of getting ahead, which led to lack of conviction,” Bieber said. “Overall, just pretty frustrating because I didn’t give the team a great chance to win. All in all, my body feels good. It was just a tough one today.”

The Blue Jays are 1-2 on a nine-game, 11-day road trip that continues against the Yankees and Rays.

Cleveland has had four home games postponed due to inclement weather, including Friday against Toronto.

TRAINER’S ROOM

1B Yu Chang (COVID-19 recovery) is hitting .200 through four games of a rehab assignment split between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. Chang was placed on the IL before Cleveland’s home opener on April 15.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (4-0, 1.44 ERA) is tied for the most wins in the majors and leads the American League in ERA. He has a 13-2 record in 25 big-league starts.

Guardians: LHP Konnor Pilkington (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus. The rookie has tossed five scoreless innings in three games for Cleveland.

Editor's note: The video above features highlights from game 1 of today's doubleheader courtesy of the official MLB YouTube channel.