Springer and Tapia have 3 RBIs, Blue Jays beat Guardians 8-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against Shane…

CLEVELAND, AP — George Springer and Raimel Tapia each drove in three runs in the first four innings against Shane Bieber, propelling the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Guardians in Game 1 of a program double saturday.

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

“I didn’t necessarily feel that sharp today, but we had some good throws and didn’t award a lot of damage,” Gausman said, adding with a chuckle, “I’m pretty happy, but I was angry. not right.

Toronto scored four runs in the second and three in the fourth against 2020 AL Cy Young winner Bieber (1-2), who gave up a career-high seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. He didn’t have a strikeout for the first time in 86 career starts and 88 total appearances.

“It was just a lack of command, a lack of lead, which led to a lack of conviction,” Bieber said. “Overall, it’s quite frustrating because I didn’t give the team a big chance to win. Overall my body feels good. It was just tough today.

Tapia opened the scoring in the second with a two-run single and Springer followed with a left double, tackling Alejandro Kirk and Tapia, as the Blue Jays put five straight on base after two outs.

Rookie Steven Kwan added a single to Myles Straw in the third to cut Cleveland’s deficit to 4-1. Straw had a pair of hits and two runs for the Guardians, who have won five of seven since dropping five games below .500 on April 28.

Tapia and Springer added RBI singles and Bo Bichette grounded a run at fourth, extending Toronto’s lead to 7-1. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. recorded his 400th career hit and Kirk had three singles and an RBI.

“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 powerful range. You’re still just one or two swings away from changing the game.”

The Blue Jays had 10 hits and 10 walks against five pitchers. They are 1-1 on a continuing nine-game, 11-day road trip against the Yankees and Rays.

Cleveland played its third-highest double game in MLB — all at Progressive Field — and had four home games postponed due to inclement weather, including Friday against Toronto.

BACK TO ACTION

Blue Jays DE Teoscar Hernández (left oblique strain) joined the team in Cleveland and was added to the roster as the 27th man for the doubleheader. The two-time Silver Slugger recipient had been on the disabled list since April 14.

Hernández hit .455 with two homers and four RBIs in a three-game rehab mission with Class A Dunedin that ended Thursday.

“A week ago my body was tense, that’s why I asked for an extra day before coming back,” he said. “I wanted to feel 100% and I wanted to take more bats.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: 2B Cavan Biggio (COVID-19 recovery) is training with Triple-A Buffalo but hasn’t been activated. Biggio, who approved medical protocols on Monday and faced live pitching on Wednesday, batted .043 of 23 at-bats for Toronto before falling ill.

Goaltenders: 1B Yu Chang (recovering from COVID-19) appeared in four games and is hitting .200 while on a rehab assignment split between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron. Chang was placed on the IL ahead of Cleveland’s home opener on April 15.

NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (0-0, 3.79 ERA) has allowed just one homer in 19 innings over six appearances in 2022.

Goaltenders: RHP Triston McKenzie (1-2, 2.70 ERA) has won once in his last eight starts, beating Oakland on May 1.

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