George Springer hits two home runs in the Blue Jays victory



George Springer hit two home runs against his former team, as José Berríos and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Houston Astros 2-1 on Saturday, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Springer hit his first home run leading off the first inning. It was the 46th time in his career that he has opened a game with a homer.

After starting as the designated hitter, he hit his other home run in the third inning. In 19 career games he has hit more than one home run.

Springer was hit by a pitch his next at-bat and stole second.

Of the six homers Springer has hit this season, three have come against Houston. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 World Series, when the Astros won the only championship in their history.

Puerto Rican Berríos (2-0) allowed seven hits, prescribed five strikeouts and issued a couple of walks.

Cuban Yordan Álvarez hit a home run off Berríos to start the fourth inning and reach six homers on the year.

Jordan Romano perfectly resolved the ninth chapter and reached 10 saves in 11 opportunities.

Springer’s two home runs came off Luis Garcia (1-1), who gave up five hits in six innings.

For the Astros, the Cubans Álvarez 3-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Yuli Gurriel 3-0, Aledmys Díaz 1-1. The Dominicans Jeremy Peña 4-0, José Siri 4-1.

For the Blue Jays, the Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 4-0, Raimel Tapia 3-0, Santiago Espinal 3-0. Cuban Lourdes Gurriel 4-2.

Guardians 3 Athletics 1

Rookie Richie Palacios had a two-run double with a pair of ninth-inning outs, and the Cleveland Guardians capitalized on a key error to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Saturday.

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Steven Kwan had two hits in his return to the lineup for the Guardians, who won for the second straight time after suffering seven straight stumbles.

Kwan, a rookie outfielder who is hitting .354 in his first season in the majors, had missed five games with a sore hamstring.

A day after the two teams combined for 17 runs and 21 hits, Cleveland starters Shane Bieber and A’s Cole Irvin kept it tight until late innings.

The duel was tied 1-1 with one out in the ninth inning and a runner in first, when Colombian Óscar Mercado hit a grounder that seemed suitable for a double play. But rookie second baseman Nick Allen couldn’t control it, on a mistake.

Palacios hit a double against Dominican Dany Jiménez (1-1).

Nick Sandlin (1-1) retired three batters for the win. Dominican Emmanuel Clase allowed a double by Venezuelan Elvis Andrus in the ninth but was credited with his fourth save.

For the Guardians, the Dominican José Ramírez 4-0. The Colombian Mercado 3-1 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Andrés Giménez 4-1 with one scored and one produced.

For the Athletics, the Venezuelan Andrus 4-1. Dominican Cristian Pache 4-0.

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