Canadians Quantrill and Naylor lead Guardians against Jays 8-0 | Region
TORONTO — Canadians Cal Quantrill and Josh Naylor crossed the border and led the Cleveland Guardians to an 8-0 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Quantrill pitched seven shutout innings and won his fifth straight decision, and Naylor hit a two-run homer as the surging Guardians won their sixth in a row.
At Sitcom night in Toronto, there was little to laugh about for a large crowd of 41,677. Cleveland’s José Ramirez hit a three-run home run, his 22nd, and finished with four RBIs as the Guardians manhandled Blue Jays right-hander José Berríos.
Toronto has lost three in a row and six of eight.
Quantrill, whose father Paul pitched for the Blue Jays, is from Port Hope, about 60 miles east of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario. Naylor hails from Mississauga, the city immediately west of Toronto.
Quantrill (9-5) allowed one hit, didn’t walk and struck out seven. Leaders AL Central have won each of Quantrill’s last seven starts.
Eli Morgan gave up a two-out double in the eighth and Nick Sandlin threw a first single in the ninth to complete the three hits.
Berríos (8-5) allowed eight runs and eight hits in four innings, losing for the first time in 12 home starts in 2022.
Quantrill struck out the first 10 batters in order before Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled in fourth, extending his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. Quantrill ended his outing by setting the next 11 in a row.
Berríos hit Austin Hedges with one out in the second, Will Benson singled, and Steven Kwan loaded the bases with a bunt single that rolled 45 feet along the third base line before hitting the sack.
Amed Rosario hit a two-run single, Ramirez followed with a sacrifice fly and Naylor hit a left, his 15th, to cap a five-run inning.
Berríos walked two batters in the third before Ramirez connected on a change that was well below the strike zone.
It’s the second time this season that Berríos has allowed eight earned runs. He also did it in a June 26 loss to Milwaukee. He allowed a career-worst nine earned runs against Atlanta on Aug. 6, 2019, while pitching for Minnesota.
Berríos went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts in July, but is 0-1 with a 15.25 ERA in two starts this month. He has a 5.61 ERA on 23 starts, the worst among MLB skilled pitchers.
Ramirez went 3 for 3 with a walk. He was replaced by pinch runner Tyler Freeman after a field single in the eighth. Ramirez scored a right single in the first against a four-man outfield.
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Kwan made a sensational dive to take out Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. late in the first, sliding down the warning lane after firing Gurriel’s deep line.
Cleveland RHP Triston McKenzie (8-8, 3.16) starts today against Blue Jays RHP Mitch White (1-3, 3.86).
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