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Blue Jays stave off comeback-minded Mets for series sweep

Field Level Media
05 Jun 2023, 06:55 GMT+10

Brandon Belt hit the tie-breaking two-run home run in the seventh inning for the Toronto Blue Jays, who completed a three-game sweep of the host New York Mets with a 6-4 win Sunday afternoon.

The Blue Jays have won four straight and seven of nine. The Mets were swept in a three-game series for the third time this season.

The Mets used four solo homers to erase a 4-0 deficit before the Blue Jays went ahead against Dominic Leone (0-2). Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled with one out before Belt hit a 1-2 pitch well beyond the center field wall.

Reliever Nate Pearson (3-0) was awarded the win despite giving up homers to Pete Alonso and Starling Marte in the sixth. Adam Cimber tossed a one-hit seventh and Erik Swanson threw a perfect eighth before Jordan Romano earned his 15th save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run double in the second and Guerrero homered in the third, before the Blue Jays scored their fourth run in unusual fashion. Daulton Varsho worked a two-out walk but Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez threw to second on ball four to try and pick off Matt Chapman. The throw sailed into center field and Chapman came all the way around to score while Varsho ended up at second.

Merrifield had two hits and a stolen base.

Tommy Pham homered in the third and fifth for the Mets. It was the ninth two-homer game of his career and his first since April 10, 2019, when he went deep twice for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Chicago White Sox.

Marte finished with two hits.

Blue Jays starter Yusei Kikuchi allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out eight over five innings. Mets starter Kodai Senga gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts in a season-low 2 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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