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Vierling’s RBI single in 10th lifts Phillies past Blue Jays Astros sweep struggling Rays behind Tucker, McCullers

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PHILADELPHIA – Matt Virling there were five hits, including a game-winning RBI single in the 10th to rally the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

JT Realmuto A home run when Philadelphia snapped a five-game losing streak by 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for last place in the wild card NL.

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“It’s not much better than that,” Wierling said. “Definitely needed. We practiced all night.”

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a homer with three runs for the Blue Jays, who lead the AL standings.

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Bryson Stott led 10th with a head sacrifice and moved Yairo Muñoz to third. Adam Cimber (10-6) then press Jean Segura before walking Dalton Guthrie over four fields to load the bases.

Wierling hit a 1-1 chopper in the middle past five Blue Jays in the infield, then raised his right fist high in the air and ran to first before his teammates surrounded him between first and second. The celebration became so noisy that one of his teammates ripped off Wierling’s shirt.

“It ruptured,” Wierling said. “Three buttons fell off. I hope they give me another one.”

Blue Jays loaded bases with one out in the top 10 against Andrew Bellatti (4-3). But Teoscar Hernandez lined up sharply on second baseman Segura, who came in second to double the score. Bradley Zimmer.

The night after combining 29 runs in a game in which the Blue Jays recorded 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases, in an 18–11 win, that game was scoreless for seven innings. After Whit Merrifield led eighth with a lone shortstop, Stott made a key mistake in shooting for George SpringerOrdinary earthling. Guerrero made the Phillies pay by making a 1-0, 99 mph sinker for Serantoni Dominguez into places on the left for his 30th homer, extending his hitting streak to 14 straight games.

Realmuto led eighth with a solo left from Yimi Garcia, Philadelphia came within striking distance of Guthrie’s RBI single with two outs to the right and Kyle Schwarber linked it to the single immediately Jordan Romano.

Starter Blue Jays Kevin Gausman gave up five hits, landing eight and passing two in six innings.

“Unfortunately we lost, but we’ll just keep playing good baseball,” Gausman said. “It will happen. This is baseball. Thai time of the year, you don’t want to stop at anything. Let’s move on to the next game.”

Starter Phillies Zach Wheeler was withdrawn after four innings in his first outing since August 20 due to right forearm tendinitis. Sai Young, the 2021 NL runner-up, looked like the former, giving up two hits, throwing three hits and going none while throwing 58 innings.

“I felt good, I felt strong, I felt healthy,” Wheeler said.

Noah Sindergaardacquired by the trade deadline, came on for Wheeler and gave up three hits in two innings in his second substitute appearance in his 145th career game.


Guerrero is hitting .306 with three homers and seven RBIs during his hitting streak.


Bryce Harper has struggled since returning on August 26 after a two-month absence with a broken left thumb and is now hitting .220 with two homers and 10 RBIs since his return after going 0-for-5 with a couple of strikeouts.


Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio replaced 2B Santiago Spinal in the seventh after Espinal, he experienced discomfort in his left side.

Phyllis: OF Brandon Marsh was out of lineup at night after suffering a bruised left knee after crashing into a wall on the left center.


Blue Jays: Four games in Tampa Bay Thursday. RHP Jose Berrios (11-5, 4.99) starts in Toronto. The Rays have not announced their starter.

Phillies: Four-game home streak against Atlanta begins Thursday. Max Fried (13-6, 2.52).

ST. SAINT PETERSBURG, Florida – Kyle Tucker hit a two-way Homer, Lance McCullers Junior pitched seven effective innings, and the AL West champion Houston Astros completed a three-game sweep by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve got hit in the left elbow Corey Kluberinning in the fifth and left one inning later with elbow discomfort. He was replaced by Mauricio Dubon.

Astros manager Dusty Baker said Altuve will likely sit out Thursday night’s first four-game series in Baltimore to try and prepare for Friday.

“He’s going to get hurt,” Baker said. “He hit below the pillow, right on the elbow. Anyone who has ever hit an elbow knows how painful it can be.”

Both Tucker and the McCullers went to high school in nearby Tampa, Florida.

“I love playing with the guys in front of their family…they tend to be better,” Baker said. “It means something to play in front of the family.”

The series had a claimed attendance of 28,675, including 9,293 on Wednesday. The Rays have the third-lowest Major attendance this season overall, despite starting the day to become the AL’s No. 2 Wild.

The Astros went 10-1 in the last 11 games to beat Tampa Bay in the first two games of the series, winning 4-0 on Monday and 5-0 on Tuesday.

“Great sweep here,” McCullers said. “Great couple of days of baseball.”

It was the Astros’ first run at Tropicana Field.

After Martin Maldonado hit a solo homer at the start of the ninth, Ryan Pressly worked the bottom half to make his 30th save out of 34 chances. Maldonado’s mother was at the game.

Kluber has allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for the Rays, who are battling Toronto and Seattle for first place on the AL wild card.

Kluber has given up 10 runs and 19 hits in 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

After Aledmis Diaz received his second RBI of the game on a single that barely made it through the infield, Tucker drilled his 29th homer into right center field. Brooks Reilly (1-2). This year he has 102 RBIs.

McCullers (4-1) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 2.38 ERA in seven starts since returning from a right forearm injury.

Isaac Walls gave the Rays their first 2-1 series lead when he opened seventh with his 20th homer.

Tampa Bay breaks their 25-inning zero stint David PeraltaFielder’s choice of Terran in the sixth. He was handcuffed by a hard-hitting, potential grounder with a double play at the end of the half with runners in the corners, who was the first to hit the out.

The Astros’ pitchers ended a 26-inning streak with no points.

Diaz gave the Astros a 1–0 lead with an RBI single in the first.


Injured Tampa Bay Kevin Kiermeier was the third person in the Rays TV booth. Kiermayer was out for the season due to surgery on his left hip.


Astros: 3B Alex Bregman was a day off.

Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan, pulled out of the game Tuesday night in the fifth inning with a stiff neck, said he was ready for his next start on Sunday. … Right side Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John operation) should make his third and possibly last start from Triple-A Durham on Friday night. RHP Dustan Knight, recalled from Durham on Wednesday, said Glasnow looked like the guy “who’s ready to go out and represent Game 7 of the World Series.” … Relief Jalen Beaks (stiffness in the lower part of the right leg) switched to a 15-day IL.


Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (17-3, 1.78 ERA) is looking to win his 10th straight decision Thursday night in Baltimore. Newbie RHP Kyle Bradish (3-7, 5.05 ERA) will start for the Orioles.

Beams: LHP Ryan Yarbrough (2-8, 4.33 ERA) will follow the first J. T. Chargua (2-0, 4.41 ERA) Thursday Night vs. Toronto RHP Jose Berrios (11-5, 4.99 ERA)


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