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Shane Bieber helps Guardians take rubber match vs. Blue Jays

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Aug 14, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Guardians shortstop Amed Rosario (1) celebrates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fifth inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Right-hander Shane Bieber pitched seven strong innings, Amed Rosario hit a solo home run and the visiting Cleveland Guardians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Austin Hedges had two hits and two RBIs for the Guardians, who took the rubber match of a three-game series.

Cleveland won the season series between the teams by winning five of the seven games.

Rosario also had an RBI single among his three hits.

Bieber (8-6) allowed two runs and eight hits while striking out six.

Toronto first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 0-for-4 to end his career-best 22-game hit streak.

Toronto right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-9) allowed five runs, nine hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Rosario hit his eighth homer of the season with one out in the first.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a single, took third on Alejandro Kirk’s one-out single and scored on a double by Teoscar Hernandez.

Owen Miller led off the second with a double and scored on Hedges’s one-out bloop single to center.

Tyler Freeman led off the fourth with an infield single to first and scored on a double to right by Hedges.

Rosario walked to start the fifth, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Naylor’s one-out single. Oscar Gonzalez forced Naylor at second and scored on Miller’s double, and David Phelps replaced Gausman.

Santiago Espinal led off the bottom of the fifth with a single, took third on Gurriel’s one-out double and scored on Guerrero’s groundout to shortstop.

Trevor Richards pitched around a walk in the top of the seventh.

Bieber pitched around two singles in the bottom of the seventh.

Toronto’s Anthony Bass worked around a leadoff single in the top of the eighth by inducing a double-play grounder.

Trevor Stephan replaced Bieber and pitched a perfect bottom of the eighth with two strikeouts.

Trent Thornton allowed two runs in the top of the ninth. Steven Kwan singled with two out, stole second and scored on Rosario’s single. Jose Ramirez followed with an RBI single.

Emmanuel Clase pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth.

–Field Level Media