fbpx

Los Angeles Angels win in 11th to ruin Blue Jays’ home opener

Apr 8, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) gestures as he runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

David Fletcher hit a two-run single with two out in the top of the 11th inning to give the visiting Los Angeles Angels a 7-5 victory Thursday night in the Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener at Dunedin, Fla.

With Justin Upton placed at second, Ryan Borucki (1-1) walked Jose Iglesias to open the 11th. Kurt Suzuki sacrificed the runners to second and third. Rafael Dolis replaced Borucki and gave up Fletcher’s bloop hit to center.

Fletcher had three RBIs.

Junior Guerra (2-0) pitched a perfect bottom of the 10th to get the win.

Raisel Iglesias struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th to earn his second save of the season.

Mike Trout hit a solo home run for the Angels.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a home run and three RBIs and Cavan Biggio had a solo home run for Toronto.

Toronto right-hander Ross Stripling allowed four runs, six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out five.

Related: MLB power rankings – New team takes No. 1 spot, Rays plummet into Week 13

Angels right-hander Griffin Canning allowed four runs, three hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven.

Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single in the first after Trout had doubled.

The Blue Jays scored three runs in their first. Biggio walked with one out, moved to second on a ground out and scored on a single by Teoscar Hernandez. Guerrero followed with his second homer of the season.

The Angels tied the game in the second on doubles by Upton, Iglesias and Fletcher.

Trout hit his third homer of the season with two out in the fifth.

Biggio hit his second homer this season with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Aaron Slegers replaced Canning and allowed Bo Bichette’s infield single and stolen base followed by Guerrero’s RBI single to give Toronto a 5-4 lead.

Jordan Romano replaced Trent Thornton in the seventh after Dexter Fowler’s one-out infield single. Fowler stole second, took third on a groundout and scored on Shohei Ohtani’s single.

Julian Merryweather allowed Fowler’s one-out single in the ninth. Ohtani walked with two out but Trout lined out to center. Merryweather pitched a perfect 10th.

–Field Level Media