Jays’ Solarte soars against the Nationals

Switch hitter Yangervis Solarte wasn’t playing favourites on Friday night.

The Blue Jays third baseman took Washington starter Gio Gonzalez deep to left in the third and reliever Justin Miller deep to right in the seventh, as Toronto held on for a 6-5 victory over Nationals at the Rogers Centre, snapping a three-game losing slide. Solarte became the ninth player in Jays history to homer from both sides of the plate in a game.

Devon Travis also smashed a home run for the Jays when he took Gonzalez over the wall in left with Aledmys Diaz on base in the third. Travis also had a great game defensively, including a great sliding play on a Daniel Murphy grounder to end the top of the third. Solarte also picked up a double in the fifth. Travis hit a single in the seventh.

Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez threw six complete innings, giving up three runs on six hits while walking two and striking out eight. It was the first time in five starts against National League teams that he didn’t get the win.

The Nationals jumped ahead 1-0 in the first when third baseman Anthony Rendon blooped two-out a single to right with Bryce Harper on second. Toronto left fielder Randal Grichuk had a chance to throw Harper out at the plate, but bobbled the ball.

The Nationals scored another two-out run in the second when Pedro Severino chipped one past Diaz at short to score 19-year-old phenom Juan Soto, who earlier hit a double off the wall in centre that Kevin Pillar just missed.

Washington tied it in the fifth when Sanchez threw a wild pitch with Daniel Murphy up and Trea Turner on third, allowing the third Nationals run to score.

The Jays regained the lead in the seventh. With Travis on first, Teoscar Hernandez hit a high fly ball to right which Adam Eaton got under, but then lost, resulting in the ball bouncing over the wall, a ground-rule double, and Travis moving to third with none out. The next batter, Justin Smoak, hit a sac fly to Eaton off relief pitcher Justin Miller to put the Jays ahead 4-3. Solarte then smashed his second homer of the game, a monster to the second deck in right.

The Jays allowed the Nationals back into the game in the eighth when left-handed reliever Aaron Loup gave up a single to Harper, the leadoff hitter. He was replaced for John Axford, whom promptly gave up a double to Rendon, and then a single to Murphy, scoring Harper. Mark Reynolds hit into a double play to score Rendon, bringing the Nats to within one.

Ryan Tepera pitched the nervous ninth for the Jays, giving up a leadoff single to Wilmer Difo, who then stole second. Pinch-hitter Brian Goodwin moved Difo to third with a sac fly to left. Eaton grounded out to shallow second and Tepera struck out Turner to preserve the win.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies