Solarte homers from both sides of plate, Jays beat Nats 6-5

TORONTO (AP) Yangervis Solarte provided power from both sides of the plate to help the Toronto Blue Jays end a record stretch of futility against left-handed pitchers.

Solarte hit two home runs, Devon Travis also connected and the Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 on Friday night, their fifth straight home victory.

Washington has lost five of seven on the road.

Justin Smoak broke a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and Solarte, batting left-handed, followed with a two-run shot off right-hander Justin Miller. Solarte was batting right-handed when he homered in Toronto's three-run third, a solo blast off left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-3).

''I was lucky enough that I had good opportunities and we took advantage of it,'' Solarte said.

The victory snapped Toronto's team-worst 11-game losing streak against lefty starting pitchers.

''We're better than that,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''That shouldn't happen like that.''

Solarte is the ninth player in Blue Jays history to homer from both sides of the plate. The last to do it was Kendrys Morales against Oakland on July 27, 2017. The homers were Solarte's 13th and 14th of the season, extending his team lead and coming a year after his career high of 18.

It's the second time Solarte has achieved the feat, having done it also against Arizona on May 27, 2016 while with the San Diego Padres.

''It's hard but it's my job,'' Solarte said.

Travis hit a two-run home run in the third, his third.

Seunghwan Oh (2-2) pitched one inning for the win and Ryan Tepera stranded the potential tying run at third base in the ninth to earn his fourth save in seven opportunities.

Wilmer Difo hit a leadoff single in the ninth, then stole second and advanced on a fly ball. Tepera escaped by getting Adam Eaton to ground out and striking out Trea Turner.

Gonzalez allowed season-worsts of five runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. The left-hander has allowed four or more earned runs in consecutive outings.

Travis singled to begin the seventh and Teoscar Hernandez followed with a fly ball that right fielder Eaton lost in the twilight.

''I had it off the bat but as soon as it goes up, it's a pretty helpless feeling,'' Eaton said.

After the ball dropped for a ground-rule double, Miller came on and surrendered Smoak's sacrifice fly and Solarte's two-run blast.

''We had one fly ball that we didn't see that kind of changed things real quick,'' Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

The homer was the first earned run allowed by Miller in nine appearances this season.

''I was trying to throw a fastball away and it just kind of cut on me,'' Miller said. ''Hats off to him, he hit a good pitch.''

Aaron Sanchez allowed three runs and six hits in six innings for Toronto.

GREEN LIGHT

The Blue Jays have hit an ML-leading six home runs on 3-0 counts this season. No other team had more than two entering play Friday.

FIRST OF THE SEASON

Washington's Daniel Murphy singled in the eighth, snapping a 0-for-10 stretch since he returned from right knee surgery Tuesday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Matt Adams took a pitch off his left hand while squaring to bunt in the second. Mark Reynolds replaced Adams on defense an inning later. ''I knew from the get-go it was bad,'' Adams said. He is day to day. Murphy will DH against the Blue Jays this weekend and return to the infield Monday when Washington returns home to face the Yankees.

Blue Jays: One week after he became eligible to be activated off the disabled list, 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) has yet to run at full speed. Donaldson may play at least one minor league rehab game with Triple-A Buffalo before rejoining the Blue Jays. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will make a second rehab start Monday, this time at Double-A New Hampshire. Stroman pitched 4 1/3 innings at Class-A Dunedin Wednesday. ... OF Steve Pearce (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment at Buffalo Saturday. Pearce has not played since May 3. ... RHP Deck McGuire was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers.

UP NEXT

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (10-2, 2.00) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrads (3-6, 5.09). Scherzer is 4-1 with a 2.15 ERA in eight career starts against Toronto. His June 10 loss against San Francisco snapped a streak of nine straight winning decisions. Estrada beat Baltimore on June 10, ending an eight-start winless stretch.

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  • W: S. Oh (2-2)L: G. Gonzalez (6-3)S: R. Tepera (4)
  • HR: TOR - Y. Solarte 2 (14), D. Travis (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Eaton RF50100021.348.412.565.9770.0
T. Turner SS51100013.257.338.383.7213.5
B. Harper CF32100121.225.366.498.8635.0
A. Rendon 3B41310000.263.337.447.7846.0
D. Murphy DH40110002.091.167.091.2582.0
M. Taylor PR-DH00000000.220.289.381.6690.0
M. Adams 1B10000010.275.351.575.926-0.5
M. Reynolds 1B20000111.269.329.552.8810.5
J. Soto LF41100021.338.438.6321.0702.0
W. Difo 2B40100012.241.308.351.6592.5
P. Severino C30110011.202.302.256.5581.5
a- B. Goodwin PH10000001.167.311.250.5610.0
  • a-flied out for Severino in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Hernandez LF31100110.262.309.537.8463.5
J. Smoak 1B30110011.231.364.421.7852.5
Y. Solarte 3B42332001.260.315.477.79215.0
K. Morales DH40100012.219.280.361.6411.5
K. Pillar CF40000001.254.290.427.7170.0
R. Martin C30000110.168.314.310.6240.5
R. Grichuk RF40000001.174.252.358.6100.0
A. Diaz SS41200011.230.278.395.6732.5
D. Travis 2B32221001.217.274.348.6229.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Rendon (15), J. Soto (5)
    • RBI - A. Rendon (24), D. Murphy, P. Severino (10)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (8), P. Severino (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. Hernandez (16), J. Smoak (15), Y. Solarte (15), K. Morales (9)
    • HR - Y. Solarte 2 (14), D. Travis (3)
    • SF - J. Smoak (3)
    • RBI - J. Smoak (34), Y. Solarte 3 (40), D. Travis 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Turner (20), B. Harper (6), W. Difo (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Gonzalez (L, 6-3)6.09552323.011.35-1.5
    J. Miller1.01110110.770.261.5
    S. Kelley1.00000103.951.023.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Gonzalez (L, 6-3)6.0
    J. Miller1.0
    S. Kelley1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez6.06332804.351.4914.0
    S. Oh (W, 2-2)1.00000103.411.2010.5
    A. Loup0.01110004.071.36-2.0
    J. Axford (H, 2)1.02110104.131.380.5
    R. Tepera (S, 4)1.01000102.861.159.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez6.0
    S. Oh (W, 2-2)1.0
    A. Loup0.0
    J. Axford (H, 2)1.0
    R. Tepera (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 104-57, J. Miller 15-10, S. Kelley 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 7-7
    • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, J. Miller 4, S. Kelley 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Sanchez
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 104-66, S. Oh 16-14, A. Loup 4-3, J. Axford 9-6, R. Tepera 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-4, S. Oh 2-0, J. Axford 1-0, R. Tepera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 26, S. Oh 3, A. Loup, J. Axford 4, R. Tepera 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Eaton RF50100021.348.412.565.9770.0
    T. Turner SS51100013.257.338.383.7213.5
    B. Harper CF32100121.225.366.498.8635.0
    A. Rendon 3B41310000.263.337.447.7846.0
    D. Murphy DH40110002.091.167.091.2582.0
    M. Taylor PR-DH00000000.220.289.381.6690.0
    M. Adams 1B10000010.275.351.575.926-0.5
    M. Reynolds 1B20000111.269.329.552.8810.5
    J. Soto LF41100021.338.438.6321.0702.0
    W. Difo 2B40100012.241.308.351.6592.5
    P. Severino C30110011.202.302.256.5581.5
    a- B. Goodwin PH10000001.167.311.250.5610.0
    Total365103021113-----
    • a-flied out for Severino in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Hernandez LF31100110.262.309.537.8463.5
    J. Smoak 1B30110011.231.364.421.7852.5
    Y. Solarte 3B42332001.260.315.477.79215.0
    K. Morales DH40100012.219.280.361.6411.5
    K. Pillar CF40000001.254.290.427.7170.0
    R. Martin C30000110.168.314.310.6240.5
    R. Grichuk RF40000001.174.252.358.6100.0
    A. Diaz SS41200011.230.278.395.6732.5
    D. Travis 2B32221001.217.274.348.6229.0
    Total3261063258-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Rendon (15), J. Soto (5)
      • RBI - A. Rendon (24), D. Murphy, P. Severino (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rendon (8), P. Severino (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez (16), J. Smoak (15), Y. Solarte (15), K. Morales (9)
      • HR - Y. Solarte 2 (14), D. Travis (3)
      • SF - J. Smoak (3)
      • RBI - J. Smoak (34), Y. Solarte 3 (40), D. Travis 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Turner (20), B. Harper (6), W. Difo (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Turner-Difo-Reynolds)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Diaz-Travis-Smoak)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Gonzalez (L, 6-3)6.09552323.011.35-1.5
      J. Miller1.01110110.770.261.5
      S. Kelley1.00000103.951.023.5
      Total8.01066253---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Gonzalez (L, 6-3)6.0
      J. Miller1.0
      S. Kelley1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez6.06332804.351.4914.0
      S. Oh (W, 2-2)1.00000103.411.2010.5
      A. Loup0.01110004.071.36-2.0
      J. Axford (H, 2)1.02110104.131.380.5
      R. Tepera (S, 4)1.01000102.861.159.5
      Total9.010552110---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez6.0
      S. Oh (W, 2-2)1.0
      A. Loup0.0
      J. Axford (H, 2)1.0
      R. Tepera (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 104-57, J. Miller 15-10, S. Kelley 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 7-7
      • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 28, J. Miller 4, S. Kelley 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Sanchez
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 104-66, S. Oh 16-14, A. Loup 4-3, J. Axford 9-6, R. Tepera 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 6-4, S. Oh 2-0, J. Axford 1-0, R. Tepera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 26, S. Oh 3, A. Loup, J. Axford 4, R. Tepera 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Reynolds grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rendon scored, Taylor out at second56
        Murphy singled to left center, Harper scored, Rendon to third46
      • 7TH INNING
        Solarte homered to right, Hernandez scored36
        Smoak hit sacrifice fly to right, Travis scored, Hernandez to third34
      • 5TH INNING
        Turner scored, Rendon to second on wild pitch33
      • 3RD INNING
        Solarte homered to left center23
        Travis homered to left center, Diaz scored22
      • 2ND INNING
        Severino singled to shallow left center, Soto scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Rendon singled to right, Harper scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Tepera relieved John Axford
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Difo singled to right
        • Brian Goodwin hit for Pedro Severino
        • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Difo stole second, Goodwin flied out to deep left, Difo to third
        • A. Eaton: Eaton grounded out to second
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Aaron Loup relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
        • B. Harper: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Harper singled to left
        • John Axford relieved Aaron Loup
        • A. Rendon: Rendon doubled to left, Harper to third
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Murphy singled to left center, Harper scored, Rendon to third
        • Michael Taylor ran for Daniel Murphy
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rendon scored, Taylor out at second
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Soto struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Justin Miller
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin flied out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk flied out to deep center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Severino grounded out to second
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Turner grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Travis singled to right
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Hernandez doubled to deep right, Travis to third
        • Justin Miller relieved Gio Gonzalez
        • J. Smoak: Smoak hit sacrifice fly to right, Travis scored, Hernandez to third
        • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte homered to right, Hernandez scored
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
        • J. Soto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Soto grounded out to second
        • W. Difo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Difo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk popped out to second
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Foul, Ball, Eaton grounded out to third
        • T. Turner: Turner singled to center
        • B. Harper: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Harper struck out looking
        • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Turner stole second, Rendon singled to right, Turner to third
        • D. Murphy: Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner scored, Rendon to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Murphy flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez flied out to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte doubled to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Morales flied out to deep right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reynolds walked
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soto struck out on foul tip
        • W. Difo: Foul, Difo flied out to deep center
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Severino struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk lined out to center
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to left
        • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Travis grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • B. Harper: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
        • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Foul, Rendon flied out to left
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Murphy grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mark Reynolds at first base
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Foul, Diaz reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • D. Travis: Travis homered to left center, Diaz scored
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez out at second
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte homered to left center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales doubled to deep right
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pillar flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Adams: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
        • J. Soto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soto doubled to deep center
        • W. Difo: Ball, Difo grounded out to first, Soto to third
        • P. Severino: Foul, Severino singled to shallow left center, Soto scored
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton reached on an infield single to pitcher, Severino to second
        • T. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
        • T. Turner: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Harper: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Harper walked
        • A. Rendon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Harper stole second, Strike looking, Foul, Rendon singled to right, Harper scored
        • D. Murphy: Murphy flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak doubled to deep right center
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Solarte flied out to deep right, Smoak to third
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)