Springer scores twice, six pitchers combine on 8-hitter as Blue Jays beat Guardians 5-0

Sat, Jun 15, 2024
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Springer scores twice, six pitchers combine on 8-hitter as Blue Jays beat Guardians 5-0

TORONTO (AP) - Six pitchers combined on an eight-hitter, George Springer scored twice and drove in a run, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cleveland Guardians 5-0 on Saturday.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had two hits and rookie Addison Barger had his first big league RBI for the Blue Jays, who are 26-3 when scoring five runs or more.

Opener Trevor Richards allowed one hit over 2 1/3 innings, throwing 31 pitches. Tim Mayza and Zach Pop got one out each, and Bowden Francis (3-2) gave up four hits - all singles - over four innings. Genesis Cabrera worked the eighth and Nate Pearson finished Toronto's fifth shutout.

Carlos Carrasco (2-6) lost his fourth straight decision, allowing five runs and six hits in five innings. AL Central-leading Cleveland (44-24) had won four of its previous five games.

Springer, Barger and Spencer Horwitz had RBI singles in a three-run second, Kiner-Falefa singled home Springer in the fourth and Daulton Varsho' hit a run-scoring, double-play grounder in the fifth.

Barger went 1 for 3 with a walk in his first game since being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Friday. He appeared in five games for Toronto earlier this season.

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Guardians: Cleveland put 3B Jose Ramirez on paternity leave and recalled OF Johnathan Rodriguez from Triple-A Columbus. A five-time All-Star, Ramirez is batting .269 with a team-high 18 home runs. His 62 RBIs began the day second in in RBIs, one behind the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge. Ramirez may miss up to three days.

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (right calf) was held out of the lineup and Kiner-Falefa started at shortstop.


RHP Jose Berrios (5-5, 2.93 ERA) is scheduled to start for Toronto in Sunday's series finale and RHP Ben Lively (6-2, 2.59) for Cleveland.


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