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MLB: Alec Manoah makes a successful return to the Majors in a victory for the Jays

MLB: Alec Manoah makes a successful return to the Majors in a victory for the Jays

Led by George Springer, Whit Merrifield and a lively Alec Manoah from his time in the minor leagues, the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Detroit Tigers 12-2 Friday night.

In his first major league start since June 5, Manuah (2-7) struck out eight batters in six innings. He hasn’t won since April 5, 11 consecutive winless starts.

The 25-year-old right-hander has spent just under a month in the minor leagues after a disastrous start to the season. In 13 starts, Manoah maintained a 6.36 ERA. His start against the Tigers allowed him to lower that mark to 5.91.

“I’ve been waiting for this start for a long time,” said Manoah, who started the Level AA game for New Hampshire on Sunday in an effort to correct his shot control problems. This is good. I’m excited about the steps forward you’ve taken in the past month and look forward to building on them. »

Springer led the charge on Toronto’s offensive side with three RBIs. The outfielder hit a productive double in the third inning and slammed a two-run homer in the fourth. The Jays took control of the game in that inning, scoring six runs.

“The offense was really good tonight,” said Blue Jays coach John Schneider. George got the ball with a big home run early in the game and White (Merryfield) capped it at the end. »

Merrifield, for his part, gave the putout in the ninth inning with a three-run homer. He hit Jose Cisnero’s shot into the left field stands for his fifth home run of the season, and his third in two games.

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Kevin Kiermaier added his first year with four hits in five at bats. Matt Ferling led the Tigers with three singles and an RBI.

Alex Faido (1-5) has suffered a loss in his first match since June 2. He allowed seven runs in three innings and two-thirds innings in his return from a finger injury.

“I thought there were a lot of pros and cons,” Fido said. I thought the first three runs were good, but the fourth came off. You should be able to contain the damage on a run like this. »

“They showed a good way and we didn’t fight back,” said Tiger’s Javier Baez. We have to keep the match tight.”

The Torontonians improved their record this season to 15-5 against teams in the American Central Division, while the Tigers fell to 2-15 against American East teams.