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MLB: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homers twice as Jays roll

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Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two home runs and had four RBIs, left-hander Robbie Ray struck out 10 in seven innings and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Monday night.

Guerrero hit a solo shot in the fourth and a three-run blast in the seventh in the opener of a three-game series to give him 38 homers for the season.

Ray (10-5) allowed two runs, four hits and one walk as the Blue Jays won their third straight.

Ryan Mountcastle hit a solo homer and had two RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost four in a row.

Orioles right-hander Chris Ellis allowed one run, two hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.

After Mountcastle hit his 25th homer of the season in the first inning, Ellis retired his first eight batters before walking Jarrod Dyson with two out in the third. He also hit George Springer with a pitch.

Guerrero tied the game with a leadoff homer in the fourth.

Dillon Tate replaced Ellis after Dyson singled with two out in the fifth. Tate picked Dyson off first to end the frame.

Baltimore took a 2-1 lead in the sixth. Kelvin Gutierrez walked, took third on a single by Austin Hays and scored on Mountcastle’s infield single to shortstop.

Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Springer singled, Marcus Semien walked and Bo Bichette hit an RBI single. Teoscar Hernandez followed with a two-run double to left. Marcos Diplan replaced Tate (0-4).

After walks to Kevin Smith and Springer in the following frame, Guerrero homered to extend the lead to 7-2.

After Joakim Soria pitched a perfect eighth, Trent Thornton allowed a walk, an infield popup that dropped for a single and an RBI single to Pedro Severino in the ninth. Jordan Romano got the final two outs to earn his 14th save.

Toronto reinstated Springer from the injured list (left knee sprain) earlier Monday and optioned outfielder Josh Palacios to Triple-A Buffalo.

Baltimore recalled right-hander Zack Burdi and outfielder Ryan McKenna on Monday. Right-hander Spenser Watkins and left-hander Paul Fry were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

–Field Level Media

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