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Anything But Boring: Cleveland Guardians Beat Toronto Blue Jays 3-1

Timely hitting. Solid pitching. Lights-out bullpen. The Cleveland Guardians don’t need to deviate from this script.

They opened a three-game series with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

The Cleveland fans may not have expected a first-place team, especially when Shane Bieber got hurt, but that’s exactly what they are getting.

Logan Allen improved his record to 7-3. He only threw 84 pitches and lasted five innings before turning the game over to the well-rested Cleveland bullpen.

Five Guardians relievers each picked up a strikeout (Allen had three), and Emmanuel Clase recorded his 21st save.


Guardians manager Steven Vogt isn’t afraid to put an infielder in the outfield in order to get a hot bat into the lineup. Daniel Schneemann, patrolling center field in this game, opened the scoring in the second inning with a double to score Will Brennan.

In the fourth, Brennan increased the Guardians’ lead to 2-0 with an opposite-field home run to left field.

Andres Gimenez added another run in the fifth with a single to score Brayan Rocchio.

Toronto finally got on the board in the sixth when Davis Schneider singled to score Ernie Clement, who played for Cleveland in 2021-22.

Kansas City lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers, so the Guardians increased their lead to six games in the American League Central Division.

The series will continue on Saturday at 3:07 p.m. Carlos Carrasco (2-5) will start for Cleveland against someone … the Blue Jays haven’t decided yet.


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