Hays robs Guerrero, Jays sweep Orioles with 8-4 victory

BALTIMORE (AP) It didn't matter to Austin Hays that the game he was in had absolutely no bearing on the playoff picture.

That was the last thing on his mind as he chased after a soaring line drive that appeared destined to go over the wall.

The Orioles rookie made a highlight-reel grab, one that will be played over and over long after anyone remembers that the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore 8-4 Thursday night.

Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who scored 27 runs in their first three-game sweep at Camden Yards since July 2010.

Hays' catch - and his enthusiasm in making it - belied the unimportance of a matchup between two teams that long ago dropped out of contention in the AL East.

After Biggio and Gurriel homered off Gabriel Ynoa (1-9) within a span of three pitches in the fourth inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. sent a deep drive to center.

''Once I got closer to the wall, I realized there was a chance that I was going to jump for it,'' Hays said.

Hays raced to the warning track, leaped to reach over the 7-foot wall and snagged the ball in the middle of his glove.

''It's kind of the catch you dream about playing in the backyard, playing Wiffle ball and all that, so that was pretty cool,'' Hays said. ''That might be the first time since I was in high school that I robbed a home run. Definitely a cool experience.''

Upon returning to the ground, Hays pounded his chest three times in succession and yelled with delight.

''Yeah, it's just raw emotion,'' he said. ''You don't get to do something like that every day.''

Realizing the ball didn't make it out, Guerrero showed his appreciation for the play by taking off his helmet and waving it in Hays' direction.

Hays, chomping hard on his gum, lifted his cap over his head and pumped it up and down twice as a way of thanking Guerrero.

Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo wanted the home run, but that didn't lessen his recognition of a job well done.

''That was an outstanding play by Hays,'' Montoyo said. ''That would have been cool to watch, three (homers) in a row.''

The night became even more memorable for Hays in the eighth, when he hit his second big league home run. The first came during his previous stint with the Orioles in 2017.

Though denied by Hays earlier, Guerrero hit a two-run double in the pivotal six-run seventh inning after Biggio singled in a pair of runs.

Anthony Kay (1-0) earned his first major league victory by pitching four innings in relief of opener Wilmer Font. Afterward, Kay received what he called a ''beer shower'' from his teammates.

Trey Mancini had four hits for the Orioles, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.

FUTURE STARS?

Ryan Mountcastle has been named Baltimore's top minor league player for 2019.

Mountcastle played first base, third base and left field for Triple-A Norfolk. A 2015 first-round pick, the 22-year-old hit .312 with 35 doubles, 25 homers and 83 RBIs as MVP of the International League.

''I'm looking forward to seeing what he looks like next spring,'' manager Brandon Hyde said.

Right-handers Mike Baumann and Grayson Rodriguez were named the club's top minor league pitchers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: SS Bo Bichette was removed for concussion protocol a couple innings after being struck in the left side of his batting helmet by a sixth-inning pitch from Ynoa. ... Guerrero was obviously feeling chipper after leaving Wednesday's game with an apparent rib injury. ''Just a little contusion on his side but he's fine,'' Montoyo said. ... Gurriel is still recovering from a left quad strain that put him on the IL for more than a month. ''He's not 100 percent, so I think that's big for him to learn how to play that way,'' Montoyo said.

Orioles: RHP Hunter Harvey was shut down for the season on Wednesday with soreness in his biceps. He made a positive impression in seven games as a reliever with the Orioles, going 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA. ''He looked great in that late-inning role,'' Hyde said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Toronto continues a 22-game stretch against AL East foes at Yankee Stadium on Friday night in the opener a three-game set.

Orioles: Reliever Richard Bleier (3-0, 5.63 ERA) starts off a bullpen game for Baltimore on Friday night against Seattle for the final series of the year at Camden Yards.

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TOR62-91
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BAL49-104
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  • W: A. Kay (1-0)L: G. Ynoa (1-9)
  • HR: TOR - L. Gurriel (20), C. Biggio (15), BAL - A. Hays (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Bichette SS30000013.311.358.571.9300.5
R. Urena SS10000000.273.286.364.6490.0
C. Biggio 2B52231022.235.362.432.7949.0
L. Gurriel LF52221002.284.335.556.8919.0
V. Guerrero 3B40220002.274.344.443.7875.0
J. Smoak DH40000002.206.342.398.7400.0
R. Grichuk CF-RF41100011.234.284.461.7452.5
R. McGuire C31100110.325.378.578.9562.5
R. Tellez 1B31100101.222.286.434.7204.0
D. Fisher RF31110112.188.299.368.6673.5
J. Davis CF0000-000.151.184.205.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Villar SS50000032.277.343.462.805-1.5
    H. Alberto 2B51100012.312.335.430.7651.5
    T. Mancini RF40420000.286.356.536.8929.0
    A. Santander LF50010014.269.305.486.7910.5
    R. Nunez 1B40000013.246.314.458.772-0.5
    M. Trumbo DH40000000.217.250.348.5980.0
    A. Hays CF21111200.345.424.5861.0108.0
    R. Ruiz 3B30000112.237.310.380.6900.5
    A. Wynns C42200012.240.283.260.5433.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - V. Guerrero (25), R. Grichuk (28), R. Tellez (16)
      • HR - C. Biggio (15), L. Gurriel (20)
      • RBI - C. Biggio 3 (46), L. Gurriel 2 (50), V. Guerrero 2 (67), D. Fisher (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Biggio 2 (23), L. Gurriel (9), V. Guerrero 2 (22)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero (43), J. Smoak (34), D. Fisher (12)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Mancini 2 (36)
      • HR - A. Hays
      • RBI - T. Mancini 2 (93), A. Santander (56), A. Hays (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini 2 (40), A. Hays (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Santander (39), R. Nunez (61), R. Ruiz, A. Wynns 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Villar-Alberto-Nunez; Alberto-Nunez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Font2.01001204.101.245.0
      A. Kay (W, 1-0)4.04221305.791.4313.5
      R. Tepera1.02110006.111.580.0
      J. Romano1.01111115.561.320.5
      J. Shafer1.00000203.861.694.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Font2.0
      A. Kay (W, 1-0)4.0
      R. Tepera1.0
      J. Romano1.0
      J. Shafer1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Ynoa (L, 1-9)6.16330125.651.377.5
      T. Scott0.00222005.482.00-4.0
      D. Tate0.23331107.411.47-6.5
      E. Phillips1.01000307.032.013.5
      D. Hess1.00000107.271.563.5
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Ynoa (L, 1-9)6.1
      T. Scott0.0
      D. Tate0.2
      E. Phillips1.0
      D. Hess1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Kay, R. Tepera (2)
      • HBP - J. Shafer
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 26-18, A. Kay 70-48, R. Tepera 17-12, J. Romano 19-12, J. Shafer 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-3, A. Kay 7-3, R. Tepera 3-0, J. Romano 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, A. Kay 18, R. Tepera 5, J. Romano 5, J. Shafer 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - G. Ynoa (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Ynoa 77-51, T. Scott 9-1, D. Tate 26-15, E. Phillips 18-11, D. Hess 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Ynoa 5-11, D. Tate 1-0, D. Hess 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Ynoa 24, T. Scott 2, D. Tate 6, E. Phillips 4, D. Hess 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TOR62-91
      0002006008100
      BAL49-104
      001010110480
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Bichette SS30000013.311.358.571.9300.5
      R. Urena SS10000000.273.286.364.6490.0
      C. Biggio 2B52231022.235.362.432.7949.0
      L. Gurriel LF52221002.284.335.556.8919.0
      V. Guerrero 3B40220002.274.344.443.7875.0
      J. Smoak DH40000002.206.342.398.7400.0
      R. Grichuk CF-RF41100011.234.284.461.7452.5
      R. McGuire C31100110.325.378.578.9562.5
      R. Tellez 1B31100101.222.286.434.7204.0
      D. Fisher RF31110112.188.299.368.6673.5
      J. Davis CF0000-000.151.184.205.000-
      Total35810823615-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Villar SS50000032.277.343.462.805-1.5
        H. Alberto 2B51100012.312.335.430.7651.5
        T. Mancini RF40420000.286.356.536.8929.0
        A. Santander LF50010014.269.305.486.7910.5
        R. Nunez 1B40000013.246.314.458.772-0.5
        M. Trumbo DH40000000.217.250.348.5980.0
        A. Hays CF21111200.345.424.5861.0108.0
        R. Ruiz 3B30000112.237.310.380.6900.5
        A. Wynns C42200012.240.283.260.5433.5
        Total3648413815-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - V. Guerrero (25), R. Grichuk (28), R. Tellez (16)
          • HR - C. Biggio (15), L. Gurriel (20)
          • RBI - C. Biggio 3 (46), L. Gurriel 2 (50), V. Guerrero 2 (67), D. Fisher (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Biggio 2 (23), L. Gurriel (9), V. Guerrero 2 (22)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - V. Guerrero (43), J. Smoak (34), D. Fisher (12)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Mancini 2 (36)
          • HR - A. Hays
          • RBI - T. Mancini 2 (93), A. Santander (56), A. Hays (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Mancini 2 (40), A. Hays (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Santander (39), R. Nunez (61), R. Ruiz, A. Wynns 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Villar-Alberto-Nunez; Alberto-Nunez)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Font2.01001204.101.245.0
          A. Kay (W, 1-0)4.04221305.791.4313.5
          R. Tepera1.02110006.111.580.0
          J. Romano1.01111115.561.320.5
          J. Shafer1.00000203.861.694.0
          Total9.0844381---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Font2.0
          A. Kay (W, 1-0)4.0
          R. Tepera1.0
          J. Romano1.0
          J. Shafer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Ynoa (L, 1-9)6.16330125.651.377.5
          T. Scott0.00222005.482.00-4.0
          D. Tate0.23331107.411.47-6.5
          E. Phillips1.01000307.032.013.5
          D. Hess1.00000107.271.563.5
          Total9.01088362---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Ynoa (L, 1-9)6.1
          T. Scott0.0
          D. Tate0.2
          E. Phillips1.0
          D. Hess1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Kay, R. Tepera (2)
          • HBP - J. Shafer
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Font 26-18, A. Kay 70-48, R. Tepera 17-12, J. Romano 19-12, J. Shafer 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Font 1-3, A. Kay 7-3, R. Tepera 3-0, J. Romano 1-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Font 8, A. Kay 18, R. Tepera 5, J. Romano 5, J. Shafer 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - G. Ynoa (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Ynoa 77-51, T. Scott 9-1, D. Tate 26-15, E. Phillips 18-11, D. Hess 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Ynoa 5-11, D. Tate 1-0, D. Hess 1-1
          • Batters Faced - G. Ynoa 24, T. Scott 2, D. Tate 6, E. Phillips 4, D. Hess 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Hays homered to center84
          • 7TH INNING
            Mancini doubled to deep right, Wynns scored83
            Guerrero doubled to left center, Biggio and Gurriel scored82
            Gurriel singled to left, Fisher scored, Biggio to second62
            Biggio singled to right center, McGuire and Tellez scored, Fisher to third52
            Fisher walked, Grichuk scored, McGuire to third, Tellez to second32
          • 5TH INNING
            Santander reached on fielder's choice to second, Alberto scored, Mancini out at second22
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel homered to left center21
            Biggio homered to center11
          • 3RD INNING
            Mancini doubled to deep right center, Wynns scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • David Hess relieved Evan Phillips
            • R. Urena: Foul, Ball, Foul, Urena grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Shafer relieved Jordan Romano
            • Jonathan Davis in center field
            • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alberto struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Mancini hit by pitch
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Santander popped out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Evan Phillips relieved Dillon Tate
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk struck out looking
            • R. McGuire: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McGuire struck out swinging
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Ball, Tellez doubled to deep right
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Romano relieved Ryan Tepera
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez flied out to left
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Hays: Strike looking, Hays homered to center
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked
            • A. Wynns: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Wynns struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak flied out to left
            • R. Grichuk: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grichuk doubled to shallow right
            • Tanner Scott relieved Gabriel Ynoa
            • R. McGuire: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McGuire walked
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tellez walked, Grichuk to third, McGuire to second
            • Dillon Tate relieved Tanner Scott
            • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fisher walked, Grichuk scored, McGuire to third, Tellez to second
            • B. Bichette: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bichette struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Biggio singled to right center, McGuire and Tellez scored, Fisher to third
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to left, Fisher scored, Biggio to second
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Guerrero doubled to left center, Biggio and Gurriel scored
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Richard Urena at shortstop
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Anthony Kay
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Wynns singled to right
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wynns to second on wild pitch, Villar grounded out to first, Wynns to third
            • H. Alberto: Foul, Foul, Alberto grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini doubled to deep right, Wynns scored
            • A. Santander: Ball, Foul, Santander reached on fielder's choice to third, Mancini out at third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • D. Fisher: Fisher singled to center
            • B. Bichette: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bichette hit by pitch, Fisher to second
            • C. Biggio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Biggio struck out looking
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel popped out to second
            • V. Guerrero: Guerrero flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Kay Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Hays: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hays grounded out to third
            • R. Ruiz: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ruiz popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • R. McGuire: Strike swinging, McGuire flied out to center
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Tellez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Kay Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto singled to center
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to center, Alberto to third
            • A. Santander: Santander reached on fielder's choice to second, Alberto scored, Mancini out at second
            • R. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to second, Santander out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Strike looking, Bichette grounded out to second
            • C. Biggio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Biggio homered to center
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Gurriel homered to left center
            • V. Guerrero: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guerrero flied out to deep center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak lined out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Kay Pitching:
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo lined out to center
            • A. Hays: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hays walked
            • R. Ruiz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Wynns grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • R. McGuire: Foul, McGuire reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Tellez flied out to left
            • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Fisher grounded into double play second to first, McGuire out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Anthony Kay relieved Wilmer Font
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Wynns singled to center
            • J. Villar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Villar grounded out to third, Wynns to second
            • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to left
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini doubled to deep right center, Wynns scored
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santander struck out, reached on wild pitch, Mancini to third on wild pitch
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • V. Guerrero: Ball, Strike looking, Guerrero singled to center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Smoak flied out to left
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Guerrero out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo lined out to center
            • A. Hays: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hays walked
            • R. Ruiz: Ruiz reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hays out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • G. Ynoa Pitching:
            • B. Bichette: Bichette grounded out to second
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Biggio flied out to left
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Font Pitching:
            • J. Villar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
            • H. Alberto: Strike swinging, Alberto fouled out to first
            • T. Mancini: Mancini singled to left
            • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Santander lined out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)