TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernández hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the sixth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored twice and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 Saturday, Toronto’s 11th win in 14 games.
“He can change the game with one swing just as much as anyone around the league,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said of Hernández. “I thought his first couple of at-bats, he was close, he was just underneath a couple of balls. He got a mistake and didn’t miss it.”
Guerrero stayed in the game after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch from Detroit right-hander Derek Law in Toronto’s four–run sixth. Guerrero went down in pain after being hit and stayed down while receiving treatment before taking first base.
“It was close, it was a close call,” Schneider said. “We’re dodging bullets left and right.”
All-Star right-hander Alek Manoah left Friday’s start in the sixth after he was hit on the right elbow by a comebacker. Schneider said Manoah felt better Saturday.
Blue Jays right-hander Trevor Richards (3-1) got two outs to earn the win. Yimi Garcia pitched 1 2/3 innings and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 23rd save in 26 chances, ending it by retiring Javier Báez on a deep fly ball to the warning track in left with a runner at first.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove in Guerrero with an RBI single in the first, but Riley Green and Kody Clemens each drove in a run in the fifth and Jonathan Schoop added an RBI single in the sixth to put the Tigers up 3-1.
After George Springer beat out the back end of a double play in the bottom of the sixth, Law (0-1) plunked Guerrero, and Gurriel reached on Law’s fielding error. Bo Bichette hit a sacrifice fly and a wild pitch advanced both runners before Hernández snapped an 0-for-13 slump with his 14th home run, a…