Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Cleveland1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
Toronto0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 x 261
  W: A. Bass (1-0)   L: T. McKenzie (8-9)   S: J. Romano (26)
12:07 PM PT1:07 PM MT2:07 PM CT3:07 PM ET15:07 ET19:07 GMT3:07 12:07 PM MST2:07 PM EST2:37 PM VEN23:07 UAE1:07 PM CT, August 13, 2022
Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 44,977

Guardians eye 7-game win streak in encore with Jays

According to STATS
According to STATS

Cleveland Guardians at Toronto Blue Jays

  1. The Guardians took three of four meetings against the Blue Jays at home from May 5-8. Cleveland batted .289 in the series compared to Toronto's .208. The Guardians capitalized when it counted by hitting .304 with runners on, including .440 (11-for-25) with runners in scoring position.
  2. The Guardians have won five straight games, the third time Cleveland has won five straight this season (June 12-17 and July 14-23). The last time they won six straight was in September of 2020. Cleveland is 10-13 against the American League East this season.
  3. Steven Kwan is hitting .354 (46-for-130) with 23 runs scored over his last 31 games, with at least one hit in 28 of those 31 games. He is the only qualified rookie in the majors that is batting .300 or better this season.
  4. The Blue Jays have lost five of their last seven games, with three of the five losses in this stretch by one run. Toronto is 22-17 in one-run games this season -- its 39 total such games is third most in the majors behind Miami (43) and Seattle (41).
  5. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .386 (32-for-83) during his career-high 20-game hit streak. The last Blue Jays player to have a 20-game hit streak was Edwin Encarnacion in 2015, when he hit in 26 straight. The team record is 28 by Shawn Green in 1999.
  6. Jose Berrios is 6-0 with a 3.23 ERA in 11 home starts compared to 2-4 with a 7.50 ERA in 11 starts on the road. The -4.27 ERA difference from home to road is the largest in the majors. He allowed six runs in 4.2 innings against the Guardians on May 5 this season in Cleveland.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/12/2022 thru 8/14/2022
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The visiting Cleveland Guardians will shoot for their seventh consecutive victory Saturday afternoon in the middle game of a three-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays, and they could assure themselves of a series win as well.

The Guardians have won four of their first five games against the Blue Jays this season following an 8-0 victory on Friday, when right-hander Cal Quantrill surrendered just one hit in seven innings.

The Guardians won three of four when the teams met in Cleveland in early May.

The Blue Jays lost their third straight on Friday and took their fifth defeat in six contests. The Guardians, who lead the American League Central by 1 1/2 games over the Minnesota Twins, own the AL's longest active win streak.

"I think that we're here to stay," Quantrill said. "I don't think it's a fluke. We know how to win baseball games, and we're kind of a complete baseball team."

The Blue Jays were outhit 14-3 on Friday in the opener of a six-game homestand that follows a 3-5 road trip.

Right-hander Triston McKenzie (8-8, 3.16 ERA) will pitch Saturday for Cleveland. Toronto will start right-hander Mitch White (1-3, 3.86).

McKenzie is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two career starts against the Blue Jays. White has not faced the Guardians.

The series opener was a big game for two Guardians players who grew up in the Toronto area -- Quantrill and Josh Naylor.

Quantrill, the son of former Blue Jays pitcher Paul Quantrill, is from Port Hope. Ontario. His seven strikeouts matched a season best.

Quantrill has not allowed a run in his past two starts, a span of 13 innings. The Guardians have won each of his past seven starts with Quantrill getting five wins.

Naylor, who is from Mississauga, Ontario, hit a two-run home run on Friday.

"It's awesome," Naylor said. "This is where we kind of grew up playing baseball. We decided our paths here in Canada and we stuck with it, we grinded. It's tough being a Canadian coming up through baseball, but when you work hard, anything is possible."

Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer for Cleveland and also had a sacrifice fly. He has 29 RBIs in his past 30 games.

The only baserunner Quantrill allowed was Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who hit a fourth-inning double to extend his career-best hitting streak to 21 games. It is Toronto's longest hit streak since Edwin Encarnacion's 26-game run in 2015.

Guerrero is batting .379 (33-for-87) during his streak with nine doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs.

Blue Jays starter Jose Berrios allowed eight runs on eight hits in four innings on Friday, raising his ERA to 5.61.

"Tonight he was real good early and stuff was sharp, and then he couldn't just put hitters away," Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. "That has kind of been the theme for him. When he does miss, he's not being let off the hook. When he's getting hit, they are not missing. He's frustrated.

"He's working his butt off. He's trying hard, and you hope the next one is better, but again, he's getting frustrated seeing the same thing happening over and over."

--Field Level Media

Updated August 13, 2022