Guerrero hits 3 HRs despite a gash, Jays beat Yankees | Baseball


NEW YORK (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. said this spring that last year was just the trailer for the Blue Jays upstart. This season would be the feature film.

Bloodied by a baserunner’s spikes and forced into the dugout, Guerrero certainly considered manager Charlie Montoyo a best picture winner.

“Like in the movie ‘Rocky’,” Montoyo recalled. “‘Cut me, Mick! I’m bleeding!'”

Audiences agree: Guerrero delivered a trilogy to see Wednesday night in the Bronx.

Guerrero shrugged off a bloody gash to his right ring finger and hit three homers against the rival Yankees, including two against ace Gerrit Cole, as Toronto beat New York 6-4. He also had a brace and skillfully gloved up a sharp line drive for the game’s final.

“Add that one to my list,” Guerrero said via translator when asked if it was his most impressive feat yet.

George Springer hit a game-breaking single in the seventh, and Toronto held off the Yankees despite homers from Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres – and a fly in the eighth by pincher Giancarlo Stanton who was caught on the warning lane .

Guerrero played a big part in that.

The AL MVP runner-up hit Cole in the first inning, accidentally nailed his hand on a play at first base in the second, then hammered a two-point line shot against Cole in the third to put Toronto up 3-0.

He doubled Cole in the sixth – prompting the pitcher to categorically tilts his cap – then threw a 443-foot first homer against Jonathan Loaisiga in the eighth for a 5-3 lead.

“Have you seen the night?” Said Cole. “If you had a cap, you’d give it away too. It got better after that too. My God.”

Guerrero received two stitches after the game but said his hand felt fine, although he anticipated pain could set in on Thursday.

“It’s not that bad,” he said.

It was the second three-home run game of Guerrero’s career, tying a career high set on April 27 against Washington. He was on deck when teammate Bo Bichette advanced to the Finals in the top of the ninth, leaving him without a chance to tie the big league record of four home runs in a game.

Guerrero leads the majors with four home runs in six games after leading the bigs with 48 last season.

“This guy,” Judge said, “he’s a game-changer.”

Guerrero looked set to go in the second inning when his bare throwing hand was stomped on by baserunner Aaron Hicks. Guerrero had to reach to his body for Bichette’s throw and placed his right hand behind the first base sack to balance. Hicks stomped on it while running a single down the field.

The fourth-year big leaguer immediately started waving, then headed for the Toronto dugout as blood spilled onto his uniform and onto the turf. In a show of toughness sure to satisfy hockey-mad fans in Toronto, Guerrero had his injury bandaged by coach Voon Chong, then returned to first base a few minutes later.

Guerrero was pressuring Montoyo to let him in the game before Chong even figured out how to clean up the mess.

“I saw a lot of blood,” Montoyo said. “Apart from Vladdy, the coaches were sort of MVPs tonight.”

With a dark red stain on the right thigh of his pants, Guerrero hit again top of the third and turned Cole’s 98-mph fastball into a 427-foot, two-run homer and a 3-0 lead of the Blue Jays.

New York erased that deficit with homers from Rizzo and Judge and an even double from DJ LeMahieu against José Berríos in the sixth. Springer responded in the seventh with an RBI single against Loaisiga.

Guerrero’s first homer was almost stolen down the center by Hicks, who jumped over the wall and briefly had the ball in his glove. He fell when Hicks hit the wall, bounced off something beyond the home run barrier, and fell back into play. A replay confirmed the ball was out.

Jordan Romano pitched the ninth for his fourth save of the season. He converted 27 consecutive chances.

Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernández left the field in pain after a groundout in the sixth and was taken out of the game with left side discomfort. Montoyo said he would get an MRI and the team would know more on Thursday.

Rizzo has three homers in six games. Judge and Torres each hit their first. Stanton’s strike in the eighth would have tied, but left fielder Raimel Tapia caught him with his back against the wall.

Cole struck out six in 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on home runs for Guerrero. Three of the four hits against him were from Guerrero.

Adam Cimber (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Chad Green (0-1) walked Alejandro Kirk and pinch runner Cavan Biggio scored on Springer’s single.


Blue Jays: Montoyo says Toronto could move to a six-man rotation. RHP Ross Stripling could be plugged in to start Friday against Oakland.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery is expected to pitch as scheduled Friday in Baltimore despite returning to 103 mph from his left knee.


Yankees RHP Luis Severino (0-0, 6.00) takes on Toronto RHP Kevin Gausman (0-0, 5.40) in the series finale.


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