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Giants blank Blue Jays 3-0 in series opener

TORONTO – The San Francisco Giants used a variety of pitching styles to unbalance the Toronto batting lineup on Tuesday night.

And unlike the home team, they took their chances.

Four pitchers — opener Ryan Walker, left-hander Alex Wood, soft-thrower Tyler Rodgers and fireballer Camilo Doval — scored an eight-hit shutout victory as San Francisco beat Toronto to three at the Rogers Center. Beat 0.

The Giants scored a run in the fifth inning against Kevin Gaussman and added an insurance in the ninth inning with Tyro Estrada’s two-run double.

Blue Jays manager John Schneider said, “It’s strange. It’s made like this.” “I knew I had to take a very specific approach to advancing, especially when there were runners in scoring position,” he said.

“That seems to be the theme for the last month or so. But while you give them credit, I think they need to step up their approach at the same time. Tonight wasn’t the night to get it done.”

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The Giants have won 13 of their last 15 games. In the Blue Jays, Beau Bichette had three hits (43-37), and suffered his second shutout loss of the season.

Kevin Gausman (7-4) lost the game despite striking out 12 in six innings.

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“I thought he was an outstanding person,” Schneider said.

Walker weathered a tense first inning, and Wood was active in the Giants’ seventh inning (45-34). Rodgers held and Doval shut out with his 23rd save.

“If we all come together and play this great game, we’re unstoppable,” Walker said. “It’s really fun to see everyone get on their A-game and pick everyone up.”

Gaussmann struck out in the first inning to set the tone for the early game. Walker struck out three himself after placing runners in the bottom half corners.

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Gaussman struck out Lamonte Wade Jr. in the fourth inning and received a standing ovation from a crowd of 36,004 at the Rogers Center. It was his 1,500th career strikeout.

Hurler, 32, who played for the Giants in 2020 and 2021, didn’t allow runners until he walked JD Davis two-out in the second half of the frame.

San Francisco got its first hit in the fifth inning with Estrada hitting a sea-eye single. He stole second, advanced to third on a balk, and scored on Patrick Bailey’s double.

Bichette, who leads the American League in hits (109) and multi-hit (31), singled in the sixth inning but stalled. Toronto has seven runners on base, and San Francisco has four runners left.

Gaussmann, who pitched 106, was replaced in the seventh inning by Nate Pearson.

Wood (3 wins, 2 losses) allowed five hits and struck out seven, but was pulled in the bottom half after allowing a double to Dalton Vasho.

Right fielder Michael Confort read Varsho’s liner but wobbled the ball after attempting a jumping catch on the caution track.

Whit Merrifield advanced Varsho to third base on a ground ball, but Rodgers fanned Danny Jansen and Cavan Biggio to hold the shutout.

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Brandon Belt doubled in the eighth inning. It was his first game with his former team since signing with Toronto in the offseason. Berto won two World Series titles in 12 seasons in San Francisco.

Toronto reliever Eric Swanson gave up two runs in the ninth inning. His playing time in the game was 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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Alec Manoa’s struggle also made Tuesday his first start in the Florida Complex League since he was relegated on June 6. Toronto’s opening day starter allowed 11 earned runs and 10 hits in two 2/3 innings.

Manoa continues to train at the Blue Jays’ player development facility in Dunedin, Fla., but a potential return to the big leagues is undecided.

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Blue Jays reliever Zach Popp was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday against the Worcester Red Sox. The Brampton, Ontario native has been on the injured list since May 5 with a torn right hamstring.

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The Blue Jays were expected to play a bullpen day (7-6, 3.16 ERA) against Giants right-hander Logan Webb on Wednesday. It wasn’t immediately clear which Toronto reliever would start.

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Toronto’s Chris Basitt (7-5, 4.32) is in the final game of the series on Thursday. The Giants have yet to announce a starting pitcher for the game.

This report by the Canadian Press Agency was first published on June 27, 2023.

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© 2023 Canadian Press

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