The Toronto Blue Jays continued to spoil their interesting start to the season by losing a sixth straight game. It was once again the Phillies who hurt the representatives of the Queen City by beating them 3-1 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
After being easily swept aside by the New York Yankees three times, Charlie Montoyo's men fail to find the spark against Philadelphia.
Bad luck for the Jays, who faced an unwavering Vince Velasquez (1-1) at the mound. The California gunner worked six innings and gave only two hits in Toronto, including a homerun to Travis Shaw in the fifth inning.
Only Teoscar Hernandez was able to place another safe ball, as Velasquez passed six batters in the mitt and walked three more.
All of the Phillies' points came from productive singles. Andrew Knapp, Andrew McCutchen and Adam Haseley were the authors.
The Blue Jays will try to avoid a second sweep in a row when they face the Phillies again on Sunday. Then comes another difficult series against the Bronx Bombers …
The Tigers wake up in eighth
In Detroit, the Tigers responded well to manager Ron Gardenhire's surprise retirement, winning 5-2 over the Cleveland Indians.
Losing 2-1 at the end of the eighth inning, the home side took matters into their own hands by scoring four points on this round at bat. Eric Haase first allowed Derek Hill to cross the plate with a single, before being imitated by Daz Cameron, who brought in Niko Goodrum.
With the goals filled, a free pass to Victor Reyes allowed Haase to score a point and Willi Castro continued the harvest with a sacrifice ball.
Reliever Jose Cisnero (3-3) added the win to his record and Bryan Garcia, a third save.
Laundering of A’s
In Oakland, the Athletics moved closer to the American League West Division title by shutting out the San Francisco Giants 6-0.
The A's players collected a combined carousel to register their points. Matt Olson was there singles in the fourth inning. In the seventh assault, Jake Lamb got a ball out of bounds for two points, Tommy La Stella allowed two of his teammates to rally the plate with a triple and Marcus Semien finished in style with a one-point double.
Jesus Luzardo (3-2) gave the Giants five hits in six innings. Most notably, he struck out seven batters. Kevin Gausman (3-3) for his part recorded the backhand.
The A's are 33-19 this season, and are already well ahead of the Houston Astros, second in the West American at 26-26.