CLEVELAND (AP) — Noah Syndergaard won for the first time since April 30. Brayan Rocchio and rookie José Tena ignited Cleveland’s offense and the Guardians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Thursday.
Syndergaard (2-5) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings and was taken out with a base load and two outs in the sixth. Lukes on the ground to finish the chance.
Cindergaard made his third start for Cleveland since being acquired from Los Angeles. Dodgers to shortstop Ahmed Rosario on July 26. He allowed a career-high four home runs against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
The 30-year-old right-hander has struggled with injuries over the past several seasons. He made 12 starts with the Dodgers before being sidelined with a blister. And also underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020.
“There are no excuses or reasons. Why I shouldn’t be the pitcher I used to be, but every five days I’m going there and competing for what I’ve got,” Cindergaard said.
Syndergaard quickly found a level of comfort with his new team.
“Every day I just try to be a little better,” he says. “I’m not where I want to be. But I think the coach I am here has put me in the right direction.”
The drama level of the game increased after Syndergaard was out. Toronto scored twice and loaded the bases with a seventh. But Cleveland was able to stay ahead.
“I feel like going to the dentist at 2pm or whatever,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona. “I mean that was a long ending.”
Cleanup hitter George Springer and manager John Schneider were dismissed by home referee Jeremie Rehak during the rally.
Springer addressed Rehak after the 3-2 pitch, with two runners calling a third and shrugging as they walked to the dugout.
Rehak ejects Springer, who quickly pulls an angry Schneider out of the dugout. Schneider was fired and crew chief Chad Fairchild came down from first base to calm the Blue Jays manager. Springer returned to the field after finding him thrown out.
Schneider thinks the third strike is low. But there was more trouble when Springer was ejected as he was heading into the dugout.
“I didn’t like the way he fired George,” Schneider said. “You’re taking one of our best players and one of the best players in baseball out of the game. It’s always a pity when the players can’t decide the outcome in the end.”
While Schneider thinks Springer should stay in the game. He believes his second sacking this season is the right thing to do.
“what he said I don’t think I deserve to be fired,” Schneider said. “I could have said that.”
Toronto then loaded the bases, but Trevor Stephan unhooked Alejandro Kirk from the pop-up and hit Davis Schneider.
Emmanuel Klaas threw the ninth on his 31st save from 39 innings.
The run was difficult to come by as the teams split the series four games. Toronto won Monday’s opening game by a score of 3-1, before the team traded a 1-0 result two nights later.
Rocchio had doubled the RBI in the fifth. Tena had an RBI single in the second for his first major league hit and a double in the fifth.
Alek Manoah (3-9) pulled out after the first two strikes at fifth base. He was charged with four runs and allowed four hits in four innings. Manoah hit six, walked three and threw 93.
Whit Merrifield, Brandon Belt and Santiago Espinal have RBIs for Toronto. Catcher Danny Jansen is pulled off with a bruised hand after being thrown in the sixth round.
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Gavin Williams, Tanner Bibee and Logan Allen are the second of three Cleveland rookie pitchers to complete one run in three straight starts. The previous time took place in 1916.
Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette (right knee ligament inflammation) got hit in the cage two days ago and started jogging… RHP Jordan Romano (low back) threw 33 pitches Wednesday. Next step in rehab. His will be decided when the team goes home… LHP Hyun Jin Ryu is scheduled to start on Sunday. He was forced out of Monday’s game after being hit by a line drive in his right knee in the fourth inning.
Blue Jays: Toronto begins a three-game series at home Friday night against the Chicago Cubs. RHP José Berríos (9-7, 3.38 ERA) will open the play.
Guardians: RHP Xzavion Curry (3-1, 2.95 ERA) starts Friday night against the Rays. Cleveland will face former teammate Aaron Civale, who was traded to Tampa Bay on July 31.
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