Guerrero debuts with hit that sets up Jays' 4-2 win over A's

TORONTO (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. helped spark a walk-off celebration for the Toronto Blue Jays in his major league debut.

Guerrero doubled leading off the ninth inning for his first hit, and Brandon Drury followed with a winning two-run homer with two outs in a 402 win over the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Friday night.

''Just the way I dreamed it,'' Guerrero said.

Guerrero was showered with beer and almond milk after the game in the clubhouse. On the field, he dumped a sports drink over Drury.

''It was awesome,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said.

Guerrero, the 20-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, is considered the top prospect in the major leagues. He arrived at Rogers Centre in a replica Montreal Expos jersey to honor his father, who was on hand. He grounded out in the second, was robbed of an extra-base hit by left fielder Stephen Pinder's leaping catch in the fourth, then flied out to right in the sixth.

''He's a great player,'' Drury said. ''You can see by his at bats the game kind of comes easy to him. We're all super excited to have Vladdy in this lineup.''

Guerrero hit an opposite-field double down the right-field line on a 2-2 fastball from Yusmeiro Petit (0-1). Billy McKinney sacrificed pinch-runner Alen Hanson and, with the infield in, Teoscar Hernandez lined out to second baseman Jurickson Profar.

Drury followed with a drive over the center-field wall to stop an 0-for-12 slide. Guerrero, arm raised, was the first Blue Jays player out of the dugout to celebrate.

''It feels great,'' said Drury, who talked Montoyo out of giving him a day off. ''I always feel like I'm one swing away from getting my bat going. I never want to take a day off, I want to be in there every day.''

Ken Giles (1-1) struck out two in a one-hit ninth. Eric Sogard's first-inning homer and Randal Grichuk's third-inning RBI single built a lead off Mike Fiers, but Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Joe Biagini.

Guerrero missed the start of the season after an oblique injury in spring training. He played four rehab games at Class A Dunedin before moving up to Triple-A Buffalo, where he hit .367 with three homers and eight RBIs in eight games.

''People don't understand how good of a hitter this guy really is,'' Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman said. ''He's way ahead of his years.''

Oakland manager Bob Melvin said he was impressed with Guerrero's performance at the plate.

''He looks like he has a good swing, an aggressive swing,'' Melvin said, ''Looks like there's some power behind it.''

By delaying Guerrero's debut until Friday, the Blue Jays ensured his maximum service time this year would be 157 days - 15 days shy of being eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.

The few hundred fans already inside the stadium clapped and cheered as Guerrero launched several long drives.

A crowd of 28,688 rose for a standing ovation as Guerrero led off the bottom of the second. Guerrero worked the count to 2-2 as fans chanted ''Let's go, Vladdy!'' On the fifth pitch, he hit a sharp grounder to first baseman Kendrys Morales, who made the play unassisted. The exit velocity was 106.8 miles per hour.

The 20-year-old batted fifth and played third base and wore No. 27, the number retired in honor of his father by the Los Angeles Angels.

''Since I was a kid I was running around with my dad in the clubhouse in Montreal,'' Guerrero said in an afternoon news conference. ''I just wanted to bring that back today.''

Even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau noted the debut on Twitter with a message attached to a Tweet from the elder Guerrero.

Guerrero's famous father watched as his son's batting practice was broadcast live on Sportsnet, the Canadian network operated by team owner Rogers Communications.

FOR YOU, DAD

Guerrero said he planned to give his father the lineup card from his debut, as well as the bat and ball from his first hit.

AMPED FOR THE A's

All three of Drury's homers this season, and all five of his RBIs, have come against the Athletics.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson (broken right hand) took batting practice for the first time since he was injured March 21 during Oakland's opening series in Japan.

Blue Jays: Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins said minor league SS Bo Bichette will not need surgery to repair a broken bone in his left hand, an injury that happened when he was hit a pitch Monday. Bichette is expected to miss four to six weeks. ... Toronto optioned INF Richard Urena to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Guerrero. Montoyo said Urena was sent down because Toronto doesn't believe INF Freddy Galvis (left hamstring) will need to go on the injured list.

UP NEXT

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (3-1, 3.04) is 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-1, 2.77) left his previous start, April 21 at Oakland, because of a broken fingernail on his middle finger.

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  • W: K. Giles (1-1)L: Y. Petit (0-1)
  • HR: OAK - R. Grossman (2), TOR - E. Sogard (2), B. Drury (3)
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    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pinder (6)
    • HR - R. Grossman (2)
    • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty 2 (2), K. Davis, J. Profar, R. Laureano
    BATTING
    • 2B - V. Guerrero
    • HR - E. Sogard (2), B. Drury (3)
    • SH - B. McKinney (2)
    • RBI - E. Sogard (7), R. Grichuk (9), B. Drury 2 (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (6), B. Drury 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, R. Tellez 3 (3), D. Jansen
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Hernandez (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers7.06220517.031.5318.5
    J. Wendelken1.00001103.630.812.5
    Y. Petit (L, 0-1)0.22220012.930.78-9.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers7.0
    J. Wendelken1.0
    Y. Petit (L, 0-1)0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman7.01002701.431.0924.5
    J. Biagini (BS, 2)0.23220013.751.00-5.0
    R. Tepera0.10000108.101.200.5
    K. Giles (W, 1-1)1.01000202.191.4610.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman7.0
    J. Biagini (BS, 2)0.2
    R. Tepera0.1
    K. Giles (W, 1-1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 101-67, J. Wendelken 22-12, Y. Petit 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-11, Y. Petit 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, J. Wendelken 4, Y. Petit 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 97-61, J. Biagini 18-14, R. Tepera 3-3, K. Giles 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-8
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 24, J. Biagini 5, R. Tepera, K. Giles 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Chapman 3B40000013.298.393.606.999-0.5
    S. Piscotty RF40000023.283.347.462.810-1.0
    K. Davis DH40000041.223.279.524.804-2.0
    K. Morales 1B30000100.177.307.242.5491.0
    C. Pinder LF40100021.316.337.506.8441.0
    J. Profar 2B40000012.165.212.278.490-0.5
    R. Laureano CF31100001.237.297.366.6632.0
    J. Phegley C20000000.254.279.475.7530.0
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    N. Hundley C00000000.171.194.171.3660.0
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    J. Wendelken P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-homered for Phegley in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    E. Sogard SS31211101.394.444.6361.0818.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100002.282.404.513.9171.0
    R. Grichuk CF40110021.219.286.406.6921.0
    R. Tellez DH40000013.234.315.500.815-0.5
    V. Guerrero 3B40100000.250.250.500.7502.0
    A. Hanson PR01000000.167.225.167.3921.0
    B. McKinney RF30000000.237.289.355.6440.0
    T. Hernandez LF40100011.229.309.349.6582.5
    B. Drury 2B41121011.182.226.352.5786.5
    D. Jansen C31100011.177.261.226.4871.5
    M. Stroman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    K. Giles P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (6)
      • HR - R. Grossman (2)
      • RBI - R. Grossman 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty 2 (2), K. Davis, J. Profar, R. Laureano
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Guerrero
      • HR - E. Sogard (2), B. Drury (3)
      • SH - B. McKinney (2)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (7), R. Grichuk (9), B. Drury 2 (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk (6), B. Drury 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Smoak, R. Tellez 3 (3), D. Jansen
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers7.06220517.031.5318.5
      J. Wendelken1.00001103.630.812.5
      Y. Petit (L, 0-1)0.22220012.930.78-9.0
      Total8.2844162---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers7.0
      J. Wendelken1.0
      Y. Petit (L, 0-1)0.2
      Total8.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman7.01002701.431.0924.5
      J. Biagini (BS, 2)0.23220013.751.00-5.0
      R. Tepera0.10000108.101.200.5
      K. Giles (W, 1-1)1.01000202.191.4610.0
      Total9.05222101---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman7.0
      J. Biagini (BS, 2)0.2
      R. Tepera0.1
      K. Giles (W, 1-1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 101-67, J. Wendelken 22-12, Y. Petit 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-11, Y. Petit 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, J. Wendelken 4, Y. Petit 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 97-61, J. Biagini 18-14, R. Tepera 3-3, K. Giles 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 6-8
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 24, J. Biagini 5, R. Tepera, K. Giles 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Drury homered to right center, Hanson scored24
      • 8TH INNING
        Grossman homered to right center, Laureano scored22
      • 3RD INNING
        Grichuk singled to center, Jansen scored, Smoak to second02
      • 1ST INNING
        Sogard homered to right01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Ryan Tepera
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales lined out to center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder doubled to deep left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved J.B. Wendelken
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Guerrero doubled to right
        • Alen Hanson ran for Vladimir Guerrero
        • B. McKinney: McKinney hit sacrifice bunt to first, Hanson to third
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to second
        • B. Drury: Drury homered to right center, Hanson scored
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Biagini relieved Marcus Stroman
        • J. Profar: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Profar flied out to center
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Laureano singled to left
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Josh Phegley
        • R. Grossman: Grossman homered to right center, Laureano scored
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien singled to right
        • M. Chapman: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Chapman popped out to first
        • Ryan Tepera relieved Joe Biagini
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J.B. Wendelken relieved Mike Fiers
        • Nick Hundley catching
        • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smoak flied out to left
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Tellez lined out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Morales flied out to deep left
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, McKinney flied out to left
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez singled to center
        • B. Drury: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hernandez stole second, Drury flied out to left, Hernandez to third
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jansen popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phegley popped out to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Piscotty flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Grichuk flied out to shallow left
        • R. Tellez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Guerrero flied out to deep right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Foul, Profar reached on fielder's choice to first, Morales out at second
        • R. Laureano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Laureano grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Foul, Drury lined out to second
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jansen struck out looking
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sogard reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • J. Smoak: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Semien singled to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chapman lined out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty grounded out to third, Semien to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guerrero flied out to deep left
        • B. McKinney: McKinney grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar grounded out to first
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Laureano lined out to right
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley lined out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Drury struck out on foul tip
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jansen reached on an infield single to third
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Sogard flied out to shallow left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Smoak singled to right, Jansen to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike (foul tip), Grichuk singled to center, Jansen scored, Smoak to second
        • R. Tellez: Tellez lined out to second
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to second
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • : Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, grounded out to first
        • B. McKinney: Foul, McKinney grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien flied out to deep center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Sogard homered to right
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Tellez flied out to left
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)