TORONTO — All on one swing, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. topped his Hall of Fame father and moved ahead of Shohei Ohtani.
Guerrero reached his major-league-leading 45th homerun, AlekManoah achieved a career record by pitching eight scoreless innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 on Monday.
Teoscar Martinez had his first ever five-hit game, and Bo Bichette also added a solo homer to his 24th. The Blue Jays’ surge was reflected in their September record of 12-1.
Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier stated that the Blue Jays dominated the game in all aspects.
The AL East-leading Rays fell for the fourth time in five matches and are now at 5-7 after going 21-6 in August.
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“We hate losing games, don’t get me wrong,” Kiermaier said, “but no one is hanging their head or slouching their shoulders after the last four or five days.”
Guerrero faced Adam Conley, a left-hander, in the sixth. Guerrero lined an inning-ending 3-1 pitch down the left field line. This broke a tie for second place with Ohtani, Angels’ two way star, for the most homers in the major leagues.
For the 15th consecutive day, Guerrero became the majors’ sole home run leader. Ohtani is the leader in MLB’s home runs at the end 79 days.
Guerrero’s homer, which had a 15.4 degree launch angle, was the third-lowest launch angle for any home run in the major leagues this season.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo claimed that the third baseman may have jumped. “I thought it would hit the wall. It was impossible for it to go out. It went out and I thought, “Oh my God!” That’s not something many people can do.
Guerrero’s homer also surpassed the single-season record set in 2000 by his dad, Montreal’s Pierre Guerrero. The drive was projected at 356 feet and came out at 113.9 mph.
Toronto is leading the majors this year with 232 home runs.
Guerrero scored 28 of his 45 home runs at home, which is the highest number in the majors. Ohtani was second with 25, and George Bell tied for third with 25 in 1987.
Lourdes Guriel Jr. had three hits, two RBIs, and Breyvic Vaera had three hits as well as three runs. The Blue Jays remained at the top in the AL wild card chase. Toronto was tied with Boston at the beginning of the day, but the Blue Jays played two fewer games that the Red Sox.
Manoah stated, “We know what’s at risk, we know what our goal is,” “Huge series right there, got to get the most of them and keep it going.
It was 17 hits all in, and it was yet another offensive outburst from the Blue Jays who scored 22 runs on Sunday against Baltimore. This came just one day after Toronto scored 22 runs against the Orioles in a doubleheader.
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash stated, “After the third or forth inning, it was basically over.”
Manoah (6-2), making heavy use his slider, allowed just one hit and walked none. He also struck out 10, one shy his career high.
Montoyo commented, “That slider hurt tonight against some very good left-handed batters.”
Information from ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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