Three things you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday night:
Big hits in big spots
Over the course of a 2-9 start to July, the Jays had missed plenty of opportunities on offence, but that changed in the first inning against Philly.
With two runners on and two out, Teoscar Hernández drove a double into the gap in right-centre, scoring a pair. Three innings later, another two-out RBI double broke a 2-2 tie, this one off the bat of Matt Chapman.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had yet another ribbie double for the home side, though with only one out in the sixth. That hit, one of four on the night for the left fielder, drove in the eventual winning run.
Jays starter José Berríos matched his career high with 13 strikeouts in picking up his seventh win of the season.
The righty struck out five in a row at one point, notching at least two Ks in five of his six innings of work.
It was the second time in his seven years in the bigs that he’s struck out a baker’s dozen, and the second time in less than six weeks. The first was June 4 against his former team, the Minnesota Twins.
Shutting it down
Tim Mayza, Yimi García and Jordan Romano each put up a zero in sealing the victory to snap the Jays’ four-game losing streak.
Mayza bounced back from a blown save on Sunday in Seattle with a perfect seventh, and García followed with three fly-ball outs in a row against the Phillies’ 2-3-4 hitters in the eighth. García has retired all eight batters he’s faced since returning from the injured list on July 8.
Romano stranded a leadoff single in the ninth to tie Cleveland’s Emmanuel Clase for the league lead with his 19th save of the season.
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