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TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos stopped his three-start winless streak, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in three runs, and the Toronto Blue Jays celebrated Canada Day by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 Friday.

Playing at home on Canada’s national holiday for the first time since 2019, and dressed in special red jerseys and caps, the Blue Jays delighted a crowd of 44,445 by winning for the fourth time in five games.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3 for 3 with a solo home run and also walked. Cavan Biggio was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two walks, and also scored twice.

Seven of Toronto’s 11 hits were for extra bases.

Rays outfielder Brett Phillips pitched the eighth inning for Tampa Bay. Throwing pitches around 65 mph, Phillips retired Guerrero on a ground ball to strand Biggio’ at third following a leadoff double.

After allowing 14 earned runs over his previous two starts, Berríos was better against the Rays. The right-hander gave up two runs and eight hits in five innings to earn his first victory since June 10 at Kansas City.

Berríos (6-4) is 4-0 with a 3.23 ERA in seven home starts but 2-4 with a 7.92 ERA in nine road starts.

Trent Thornton worked the sixth, former Rays reliever Sergio Romo made his Toronto debut with a scoreless seventh and Max Castillo pitched the final two innings.

René Pinto’s RBI grounder gave the Rays a secong-inning lead but Toronto struck back in the third. Bo Bichette and Guerrero hit back-to-back two-run doubles and Alejandro Kirk followed with a two-base hit to score Guerrero as five straight batters reached against right-hander Corey Kluber.

Kluber (3-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings, extending his winless streak to four starts.

Biggio’s one-out double in the third was a drive to left-center that hit off the glove three-time Gold Glove winner Kevin Kiermaier, activated after missing eight games because of a sore left hip.

Tampa Bay’s Harold Ramírez cut it to 5-2 with an RBI double in the fifth but George Springer hit a two-run single off David McKay in the sixth and Guerrero added an RBI grounder to give the Blue Jays some breathing room.

Gurriel homered off McKay in the seventh.


Rays: Kiermaier went 1 for 2 with a single and walked twice in his return.

Blue Jays: 3B Matt Chapman (rest) was held out of the starting lineup but came on defensively in the ninth.


Tampa Bay optioned OF Luke Raley and LH Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham and recalled McKay from the taxi squad.


Fans joined together in an impromptu rendition of O Canada as the Rays batted in the ninth inning.


The Blue Jays honored Canadian-born catcher Russell Martin with a pregame ceremony, including a video featuring tributes from former teammate José Bautista and former manager John Gibbons. Martin threw out the first pitch to Blue Jays rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno, who wears jersey number 55, Martin’s old number, as a nod to the four-time All-Star.


The Rays and Blue Jays play a doubleheader Saturday, one of two they’ll play in Toronto this season to make up for April games cancelled by the lockout. LHP Shane McClanahan (8-3, 1.77) will start Game 1 for Tampa Bay, with RH Drew Rasmussen (5-3, 3.41) expected to be activated off the IL to start Game 2. RH Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.93) is expected to start one game for Toronto Saturday, but the Blue Jays haven’t said which. RH Thomas Hatch (4-4, 5.12 at Triple-A Buffalo) is expected to be added to the roster to start the other game for the Jays.


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Montgomery beats former team as Cardinals blank Yankees 1-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Montgomery blanked his old teammates over five innings and Nolan Arenado drove in the lone run as the St. Louis Cardinals handed the New York Yankees their season-high fourth straight loss, 1-0 Saturday night.

Making his first start for St. Louis since being acquired at the trade deadline earlier in the week, Montgomery (4-3) was taken out after five innings for precautionary reasons due to cramping. He gave up two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Four St. Louis pitchers held the Yankees to just two hits — singles in the first and third. Only two runners reached second base. Giovanny Gallegos pitched 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 11th save, striking out the final two hitters.

The only run came in the first inning as Paul Goldschmidt doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Arenado.

Domingo Germán (1-2) took the loss, giving up the run and four hits in five innings.

St. Louis has won a season-high six straight games, and eight of nine. The Cardinals are 10-2 over their last 12 games at Busch Stadium, including seven straight wins.


The official attendance was 48,581. That is the largest crowd ever in Busch Stadium history, including regular season and postseason games along with the 2009 All-Star game.


Nine-time All Star Joe Torre, who was a NL MVP and twice named an AL Manager of the Year, was honored before the game and a bobblehead of him was given away to fans. Torre played for and managed the Cardinals and also managed the Yankees to four World Series titles. A video of his highlights as a Cardinal player and manager and as a Yankee manager was shown on the videoboard. He went into the Hall as a manager.


Goldschmidt hit his second double in the third. The ball hit at the base of the wall and went to center fielder Tim Locastro, who threw to second baseman Gleyber Torres. Torres’ relay to catcher Kyle Higashioka beat a sliding Nolan Gorman to prevent a run. … In the fourth, Josh Donaldson hit a hard grounder to Arenado at third base. Arenado dropped down to one knee to catch it and then threw to first to rob Donaldson of a hit. … In the eighth, right fielder Lars Nootbaar laid out flat to make a diving catch with his glove on the grass to prevent Higashioka from getting a hit with a runner on first and just one out.


Goldschmidt has committed to play for Team USA along with Arenado when the World Baseball Classic is played in March. Goldschmidt was on the 2017 team and appeared in five games and recorded one hit before being replaced by Eric Hosmer for the semifinal and final games. The Americans went on to capture the gold.


Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo (lower back tightness) remained out action Saturday. He was scratched from the starting lineup just before the game began. He missed four games last month with the same issue. Rizzo has 27 homers this year.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (right shoulder strain) said he threw a simulated inning and that he “feels good and is glad to be here” after rehabbing in California. Flaherty, 26, has been limited in availability and effectiveness in 2022. He’s thrown a total of eight innings in three starts. He will throw another bullpen session Sunday and then evaluate where he stands.


Yankees: Frankie Montas (4-9, 3.18) will be making his first start for the Yankees. He was acquired from Oakland on Monday. He has never pitched against St. Louis before.

Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (8-8, 3.11) will be making his second career start and appearance against the Yankees. It is his first since April 16, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in a 9-3 loss. He has 192 career wins.


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