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Hyun Jin Ryu fans eight as Toronto Blue Jays down Cleveland Indians

Aug 3, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Teoscar Hernandez (37) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

Teoscar Hernandez went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and three RBIs, Hyun Jin Ryu struck out a season-best eight batters and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Cleveland Indians 7-2 Tuesday night.

George Springer had a solo home run, a sacrifice fly and a double to help the Blue Jays gain a split of the first two games of the four-game series.

Ryu (11-5) allowed two runs, seven hits and no walks in seven innings.

Cleveland’s Zach Plesac (6-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.

Toronto scored three runs on two first-inning home runs. Springer homered to lead off a game for the 41st time in his career. It was his 12th homer of the season. Bo Bichette chopped an infield single with two outs, and Hernandez followed with his 17th homer of the year.

Cleveland scored one in the fourth, a rally that opened with an infield single by Jose Ramirez. A grounder to third by Harold Ramirez resulted in a force at second base for the second out before Bobby Bradley hit an RBI double.

Toronto matched the run in the bottom of the inning. Hernandez singled, took third on Lourdes Gurriel Jr.’s one-out double and scored on Breyvic Valera’s groundout.

The Blue Jays added two runs in the fifth. Springer led off with a double, took third on Marcus Semien’s one-out single and scored on Bichette’s sacrifice fly. Semien, who moved to second on the fly, came home on a single by Hernandez.

Cleveland scored in the sixth on two-out doubles by Franmil Reyes and Harold Ramirez.

Trevor Stephan replaced Plesac and allowed a run in the bottom of the sixth. Gurriel walked and took third one out later when Reese McGuire’s bunt rolled past third base for a double. Springer hit a sacrifice fly.

Toronto’s Rafael Dolis pitched a perfect eighth, and Ryan Borucki contributed a clean ninth inning to finish the game.

Before the game, the Blue Jays reinstated outfielder Corey Dickerson (left foot contusion) from the injured list and put infielder Cavan Biggio (mid-back tightness) on the injured list. Dickerson went 0-for-4 as the designated hitter.

–Field Level Media