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Guerrero Homers beat Orioles 5-1 to lead Blue Jays

BALTIMORE (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 32nd homer and the Toronto Blue Jays shortened the game with a 5-1 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as the top seed for the American League wild card series closed. Made it rain.

In the eighth, play was stopped by rain with Toronto batting with two outs and called up after a 55-minute wait.

Toronto will host a best-of-three playoff series starting Friday if it wins another game or Seattle loses at least one of its last four games.

White went on to score 3 for 3 with the RBI for Merrifield Blue Jays, who have secured the win outright.

Before a crowd of just 10,642, Jose Berios (12-7) conceded a run and allowed three hits with five strikeouts and three walks in six innings.

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Tim Mezza made his second defense.

Baltimore’s Jorge Matteo stole his American League-leading 35th base, one from teammate Cedric Mullins.

Baltimore had already achieved a winning season for the first time since 2016.

Toronto took a 2–0 lead from Dean Kramer on a single from Merrifield, who scored goals from Teoscar Hernandez and Matt Chapman.

Guerrero extended the lead to 3-0 with a 422-drive on a left-field wall in the third.

The Orioles got the board in the lower half on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Santander that Hernandez was able to leap, running over the right-field fence.

A wild pitch from Kramer allowed Merrifield to score in fifth as the Blue Jays extended a 4–1 lead.

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Kramer (8-7) allowed four runs and six hits with four strikeouts and a walk in six innings. He ended the season with a 3.23 ERA over 21.

Chapman added an RBI single in the eighth.

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Orioles catcher Adley Rustman is the winner of the 2022 Most Valuable Oriole Award. Rutschmann is the third rookie to win the award since its inception in 1954, joining right-handed pitcher Greg Olsson in 1989 and Rodrigo López in 2002.

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Blue Jays: Off Lourdes Gurrill Jr (left hamstring strain) may be available on Friday when the post season starts.

Orioles: RHP Felix Bautista, who leads the team with 15 saves, has been called off for the season with a pain in his left knee.

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Blue Jays: RHP Mitch White (1-6, 5.21) has pitched against the Orioles once in his career, scoring five runs on three hits, two strikes and three walks in 2 1/3 innings last month.

Orioles: RHP Mike Bauman (1-3, 4.34 ERA) is 0-1 with 8.10 ERA in three appearances, including a start against Toronto.

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