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Randal Grichuk, George Springer help Blue Jays complete comeback against Braves

Randal Grichuk (left) celebrates with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. after driving in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning to beat the Braves.
Randal Grichuk (left) celebrates with Lourdes Gurriel Jr. after driving in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning to beat the Braves.Mike Carlson/Associated Press

Randal Grichuk lined an RBI single in the 10th inning, George Springer hit his first two homers with the Blue Jays, and Toronto rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves, 6-5, Saturday night in Dunedin, Fla.

Grichuk won it with two outs and the bases loaded when he hit an 0-1 pitch from Nate Jones (0-2) into center field.

Jordan Romano (2-1), the eighth Toronto pitcher on a bullpen day, worked a scoreless 10th inning.

Atlanta’s Cristian Pache hit a grand slam for his first major league homer. Ronald Acuña Jr. connected for his ninth home run this season.

Springer tied it at 5 with his seventh-inning solo shot off Luke Jackson. He got the Blue Jays within 4-2 in the third on an opposite-field, two-run homer to right against Charlie Morton.


Both starting catchers left with injuries. Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk has left hip flexor discomfort and the Braves’ Travis d’Arnaud injured his left thumb.

Yankees’ Taillon gets first win in two years

Jameson Taillon earned his first win in exactly two years, Aaron Judge had three hits and three RBIs, and the New York Yankees beat the visiting Detroit Tigers, 6-4, on Saturday.

Gleyber Torres also drove in three runs as the Yankees won for the sixth time in seven games and improved to 13-14.

In a big league season when hitting is in short supply, 11 of the 18 batters in the starting lineups for the Tigers and Yankees finished the game hitting .198 or below. Former Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 5 and fell to .125, one of the five struggling Detroit starters on a team with a majors-worst batting average of .1995.

Taillon (1-2) allowed one run, three hits, and struck out eight over five innings. The Yankees had lost in each of his four previous starts.

Taillon’s previous win came on May 1, 2019, for Pittsburgh in his last outing before having his second Tommy John surgery. The Pirates traded him to the Yankees before this season.


Doubts over whether he would notch another victory in his ledger entered the mind of the 29-year-old, who underwent his first Tommy John surgery in April 2014 and had testicular cancer surgery on May 8, 2017.

“There were times when I wasn’t 100% sure whether I would be back in a big league uniform, let alone be on a team like the Yankees and contribute to wins throughout the year,” Taillon said. “So, it’s definitely meaningful. There’s a lot of people that played part in it to get me back to this point.”

Corbin ends 10-game losing skid

Washington lefthander Patrick Corbin ended his 10-game losing streak, pitching seven solid innings and leading the host Nationals over the Miami Marlins, 7-2. Josh Bell hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four runs, Yan Gomes had a two-run homer, and Josh Harrison had three hits as Washington won its third in a row. Corbin (1-3), who opened the season on the COVID-19 injured list, began the afternoon with a 10.47 ERA in four starts. He limited the Marlins to two runs and four hits, striking out four and walking four. Corbin, 31, posted his first win since last August. A two-time All-Star with Arizona, he signed a $140 million, six-year deal with the Nationals before the 2019 season and was a key member of their staff as they went on to win the World Series … Jack Flaherty (5-0) pitched six solid innings, striking out nine while giving up three runs on six hits and two walks, and Paul DeJong hit a three-run homer in the first inning to help the visiting Cardinals over the Pirates, 12-5.


Benintendi belts two for Royals

Andrew Benintendi hit two homers, Salvador Perez homered and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals cruised to an 11-3 win over the host Minnesota Twins. Danny Duffy (4-1) continued his strong start to the season in helping the AL Central-leading Royals bounce back from Friday night’s 9-1 loss. He allowed one run and two hits in seven innings, striking out seven. Duffy started the day with the best ERA in the majors (0.39), ahead of Jacob deGrom’s 0.51 mark. Duffy has allowed one earned run in his first four starts this season and exited this game with his ERA at 0.60 … Jose Urquidy (2-2) scattered four hits on his 26th birthday, walking one and fanning five over seven shutout innings, and the Houston Astros made an early lead stand up, beating the Tampa Bay Rays, 3-1, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Alex Bregman hit an RBI single and Yuli Gurriel had a two-run single as the Astros won for the eighth time in 10 games … Matt Harvey (3-1) won his third straight start, allowing two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings, and the Baltimore Orioles took advantage of Oakland’s sloppy play (two errors, two wild pitches) to score six runs in the third inning in an 8-4 win over the host Athletics.


Conforto comes through for Mets

Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning against Hector Neris and the New York Mets benefited from a very questionable call by the second base umpire Saturday night in a 5-4 victory over the Phillies in Philadelphia. With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Jose Navas ruled Andrew McCutchen ran out of the baseline to avoid an attempted tag by shortstop Francisco Lindor on what became an inning-ending double play. Replays showed McCutchen ran in a straight line from first to second. Conforto also had a two-run double in a four-run first inning against former teammate Zack Wheeler Tim Anderson hit a grand slam, Leury García drove in three runs from the No. 9 spot, and the White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-3, in Chicago. Lance Lynn (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits over five innings in his return from the injured list for the White Sox, who have won seven of nine. Austin Hedges hit a solo home run and Josh Naylor had two hits for the Indians, who have dropped eight of 13 … Nick Hoerner hit a go-ahead single, one of his three hits on the day, in the sixth inning and the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen shut down host Cincinnati in a testy 3-2 win. Reds lefthander Amir Garrett struck out Anthony Rizzo with one out in the eighth and celebrated by punching himself in the chest several times, and appeared to yell something in Rizzo’s direction. Javier Báez yelled at Garrett from the dugout and Garrett took a few steps in that direction, prompting both benches and bullpens to empty. No punches were thrown and there were no ejections. The first two batters reached against Craig Kimbrel in the ninth before he regrouped to get the next three for his fifth save.