Bautista drives in run, Mets tip Blue Jays to separate series

TORONTO — Marcus Stroman switched adult his warm-up song for his Wednesday start, regulating Drake’s “Trophies” as a reverence to former teammate Jose Bautista.

Bautista, who used “Trophies” as his walk-up song during Toronto’s playoff-bound seasons in 2015 and 2016, might have benefited some-more from conference it than Stroman did.

The former Blue Jays slugger gathering in a contingent winning run and scored as partial of New York’s five-run fifth inning as a Mets degraded Toronto 6-3 to separate their two-game interleague series.

“I adore (Bautista) from a bottom of my heart,” Stroman pronounced when asked about a song change. “He’s a outrageous friend, a coach of cave and we honour and value him for not usually training me things about ball though about life in general.

“He’s someone we go to when I’m going by things and he’s a loyal friend.”

Bautista perceived a comfortable acclaim before his during bat in a initial inning from a 26,038 in assemblage — and a turn of acclaim from Stroman on a mound. The 37-year-old right-fielder sloping his batting helmet and waved to a fans before stepping into a box.

He was 1 for 5 with a RBI on Wednesday after going 1 for 2 with 3 walks during his lapse to Rogers Centre on Tuesday night.

“I faced (Stroman) before in a World Baseball Classic (in 2017) though it really doesn’t make it normal by any means,” Bautista said. “It’s still kind of bizarre confronting a man that we know so well.”

Stroman (1-6) was chased from a diversion with dual out in a fifth after tying a repairs over his initial 4 innings. The right-hander authorised 6 runs and 6 hits, walked 4 and struck out dual over an 85-pitch outing.

“I only didn’t have a feel for anything from Pitch 1, to be honest with you,” Stroman said. “Just had difficulty removing my hold on pitches though it is what it is.

“I demeanour brazen to a subsequent one.”

Kendrys Morales had 3 hits, including a homer, and scored all 3 runs for Toronto (40-46). Lourdes Gurriel Jr., gathering him in twice to move his RBI sum to 5 in dual games.

“I’ve been operative a lot in a cage,” pronounced Morales, who’s batting .329 (25 for 76) with 5 homers in his final 24 games. “I put in a small some-more work currently and it worked out flattering good right away. Hopefully it can keep going.”

Corey Oswalt gave adult dual runs and 5 hits while distinguished out dual and walking one over 4 innings. Seth Lugo (3-3) warranted a win for New York and Jeurys Familia picked adult his 16th save.

The Mets (34-49), wearing special Independence Day-themed uniforms, took control of a diversion with a bat-around fifth inning that enclosed 4 singles, one double, one homer and one walk.

Todd Frazier started a convene with a two-run shot to straightaway centre field, sparking cheers from a large — and outspoken — throng of orange-clad Mets fans in a stadium’s 500 level. Back-to-back run-scoring singles from Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera finished Stroman’s night, and Michael Conforto tacked on an RBI with a bottom strike off reliever Luis Santos for a 6-2 lead.

“They got to him in that fifth right there,” manager John Gibbons said. “It was only one of those games, we saw some good things though a coherence wasn’t there.”

Stroman called his tour “uncharacteristic.”

“Just frustrating going out there when we know we can be improved than that and we don’t govern like we should or like I’m able of,” he said.

Morales gave a Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in a second, rising a no-doubter into a second rug in right margin before Brandon Nimmo tied a diversion in a third on a two-out single.

Gurriel’s initial RBI put Toronto forward 2-1 in a fourth. He gathering in his second run in a sixth to trim a necessity to 6-3.

The Blue Jays wore their red Canada Day hats that featured a bullion maple root on a front. Some players wore knee-high hosiery with stars and stripes, including Venezuelan Yangervis Solarte.

NOTES: Toronto announced before a diversion that right-hander Marco Estrada has a amiable aria on his left glute. Estrada pronounced he is carefree of creation his subsequent start Tuesday in Atlanta. … The Blue Jays have Thursday off before opening a three-game home array Friday opposite a New York Yankees.


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