Vierling’s 10th RBI single puts Phillies ahead of Blue Jays | Sports

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Vierling had five hits, including the RBI game-winning single in the 10th, to rally the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

JT Realmuto homered for Philadelphia, which snapped a five-game losing streak to stay 2½ games ahead of Milwaukee for the final NL wildcard spot.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer for the Blue Jays, who lead the AL wild card rankings.

Bryson Stott started 10th with a sacrificial bunt to move pinch runner Yairo Muñoz to third. Adam Cimber (10-6) then hit Jean Segura before walking Dalton Guthrie for four lengths to charge the bases.

Vierling hit a chopper 1-1 down the middle in front of the five Blue Jays on the infield, then raised his right fist in the air as he ran towards first before being mobbed by his teammates between first and the second. The celebration got so loud that one of his teammates ripped Vierling’s shirt from his body.

The Blue Jays had charged the goals with an out at the start of the 10th against Andrew Bellatti (4-3). But Teoscár Hernandez lined up sharply on second baseman Segura, who took second to double Bradley Zimmer.

A night after combining for 29 runs in a game in which the Blue Jays recorded 21 hits — including 10 for extra bases — in an 18-11 victory, that game went scoreless in seven innings. After Whit Merrifield started the eighth with just one shortstop, Stott made a crucial throwing error on George Springer’s routine ground throw. Guerrero made the Phillies pay by sinking Seranthony Dominguez’s 1-0, 99-mph lead into the left seats for his 30th home run to extend his hitting streak to 14 straight games.

Realmuto led the eighth with a solo shot to the left from Yimi Garcia, Philadelphia got a run on Guthrie’s two-out RBI single to the right and Kyle Schwarber tied it with a right single from Jordan Romano.

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman allowed five hits while striking out eight and walking two in six innings.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler was waived after four innings in his first outing since Aug. 20 with tendonitis in his right forearm. The 2021 NL Cy Young finalist looked like himself, giving up two hits, striking out three and walking none while throwing 58 pitches.

Noah Syndergaard, acquired at the trade deadline, replaced Wheeler and allowed three hits in two innings in his second relief appearance in his 145th career game.

PHILLIE IN STRUGGLE

Bryce Harper has struggled since returning Aug. 26 after a two-month absence with a broken left thumb and is now batting .220 with two home runs and 10 RBIs since returning after going 0 for 5 with a pair of strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: OF Brandon Marsh was out of the line-up one night after sustaining a bruised left knee when he crashed into the wall at left center.

NEXT

Phillies: Start the four-game home series against Atlanta on Thursday, with LHP Ranger Suarez (9-5, 3.53) set to face Braves LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.52).

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