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Berrios ties career high with 13 strikeouts as Blue Jays beat Phillies to snap 4-game skid

Jose Berrios matched his career high by striking out 13 over six innings, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four hits, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Tuesday night.

Berrios (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits, improving to 5-0 in eight home starts. He struck out five in a row at one stretch, and fanned the final two batters he faced. He also struck out 13 in a seven-inning start against Minnesota, his former team, on June 4.

Tim Mayza worked the seventh, Yimi Garcia pitched the eighth, and Jordan Romano finished for his 19th save in 22 chances as Toronto opened a six-game homestand with a win after losing six of seven on a West Coast trip to Oakland and Seattle.

Gurriel singled in the second, doubled and scored in the third, doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth, and singled in the eighth.

Toronto is 20-14 in one-run games.

Bryson Stott hit a solo home run for the Phillies, who have lost three straight. Jeurys Familia (1-1) allowed one run and four hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Toronto’s Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run double off Phillies opener Andrew Bellatti in the first, but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple.

Odubel Herrera halved the deficit with an RBI single in the second and Stott tied it with a two-out drive in the fourth, his fifth, ending Berrios’ streak of five straight strikeouts.

Gurriel and Matt Chapman restored Toronto’s lead with back-to-back doubles off Mark Appel in the fourth before Nick Castellanos tied it at 3 with a two-out RBI single in the fifth.

Blue Jays CF George Springer made a diving catch on the warning track to retire Schwarber for the first out of the fifth. Berrios tipped his cap in appreciation of the fine grab.

Gurriel gave the Blue Jays the lead for good with a ground-rule double to left off Familia in the sixth, scoring Alejandro Kirk.

The Phillies were without J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson for the opener of the two-game series due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers. Nola started on the mound for Philadelphia’s game Monday night at St. Louis and was not scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays. Bohm came out of Monday’s game with a dislocated left ring finger.

Making Canada proud

Philadelphia’s Rob Thomson became the first Canadian to manage a Major League Baseball game in his home country. Thomson from Sarnia, Ontario, was promoted from his role as bench coach to interim manager after Joe Girardi was fired on June 3. That made Thomson the first Canadian-born manager in the big leagues since Pittsburgh’s George Gibson in 1934.

Schwarber, who entered play Tuesday with an NL-high 28 home runs, said he’ll participate in next week’s All-Star Home Run Derby.

“He pretty much does a home run derby every day,” Thomson said.

Blue Jays reinstate Jansen, option Moreno to Triple-A

The Blue Jays reinstated Danny Jansen from the 10-day injured list earlier on Tuesday and optioned fellow catcher Gabriel Moreno to Triple-A Buffalo.

Jansen missed five weeks due to a fractured left pinky finger. He also missed a month of action earlier in the season due to an oblique strain.

Jansen has seven homers and 13 RBIs in 19 games this season. He has a .232 average, a .625 slugging percentage and .915 OPS (on-base plus slugging).

The 22-year-old Moreno, who’s considered Toronto’s top prospect, drove in four runs and had a .276 average in 18 games.



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