‘Four wins in a row after a three-game losing streak,’ Toronto reclaims third place in district ahead of Ryu’s return

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The Toronto Blue Jays, awaiting the return of Hyun-jin Ryu, have finally overtaken the New York Yankees and moved into sole possession of third place in the American League East.

Toronto defeated the Detroit Tigers 12-2 on the road in the 2023 Major League Baseball regular season at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., on Aug. 8 (ET). Big innings in the sixth (six runs) and ninth (five runs) proved to be the difference.

Starting pitcher Alec Manoa earned his second win of the season (7-2) with six innings of five-hit ball, eight strikeouts and one earned run. At the plate, Kevin Kiermaier swung a 5-for-4 bat, while table-setters George Springer and Bo Bissett paced the offense, going 5-for-6 with a double, home run and three RBIs, respectively.

Toronto has bounced back with four straight wins heading into its final six-game road trip of the first half. A sweep by the division-leading Boston Red Sox in the final three home games of the first half set the tone, but the Jays bounced back with a 4-3 win on the road against the Chicago White Sox on April 4. On the sixth, they swept a doubleheader from the White Sox, 6-2 and 5-4, before traveling to Detroit to take the first game of a three-game weekend series.

The win finally put them in sole possession of third place in the American League East. With 49 wins and 42 losses, they overtook the New York Yankees (48-41), who lost to the Chicago Cubs 0-3 on the same day. They remain seven games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays (57-34) and three games behind the second-place Baltimore Orioles (52-35). They are tied for second in the American League wild-card race with the Houston Astros (49-40).

Toronto plays two more games against Detroit before heading into the All-Star break. Ryu, who hopes to return in late July, allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts in three innings in a Rookie League start on the 5th. He will make a Single-A start on the 10th to tune up his conditioning and then figure out his future plans.

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