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Hernandez's 3-run homer puts the Blue Jays down the Tigers

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Teoscar Hernandez doesn’t always grab headlines like his Toronto Blue Jays teammates, but there’s no denying he could be an influential player.

Hernandez’s three-run homer was part of a four-run comeback in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 5-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. Toronto interim manager John Schneider said Hernandez should not be overlooked by fans or opposing teams.

“He, like everyone else in the league, can change the game with one swing,” Schneider said. “He made a mistake, but he didn’t miss it.”

Beau Bichette had a career 200 RBI (56-45) for Toronto as part of that six-inning rally. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. also ran.

Schneider said Hernandez’s reliability has impressed him over the past two seasons.

“He’s under the radar,” Schneider said. “He’s not the big guy in our lineup, but he’s really consistent.”

Ross Stripling allowed five hits for two runs and struck out five in 4 1/3 innings. Adam Cimber, Trevor Richards (3-0), Imi Garcia and Jordan Romano came to the rescue, with Romano making his 23rd save of the season.

Riley Green had an RBI double (41-61) in Detroit, and Jonathan Scoop and Cody Clemens also hit homers.

Drew Hutchison allowed two hits, three walks and three strikeouts for one run in five innings. Tigers manager AJ Hinch said Hutchison could have stayed longer but suffered a minor sprain in his ankle.

Relief Derek Law (0-1) gave up four runs in the loss. Ángel de Jesus and Jose Cisnero combined for two scoreless innings.

Hutchison, who played for Toronto in 2012, 2014 and 2015, has the highest winning percentage of any pitcher with 20 or more starts for the Rogers Center. 750 (21-7) winning percentage, notably better than Blue Jays Hall of Famer Roy Halladay’s .712 (84-34).

“I’ve had quite a bit of success with this building,” Hutchison said, adding that his time with the Blue Jays felt like “a few years ago.”

“I just go out there and help my team win and pitch and try to do my best.”

Gurriel’s single in the 1st scored Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. to give Toronto a 1–0 lead. Guerrero was in scoring position after stealing second. This was his second stolen base by the big first baseman in his three attempts this season.

Since taking over from Charlie Montyo on July 13, Schneider has encouraged his players to be more aggressive on base passes, even Huskies like Guerrero.

Stripling got into trouble in the fifth inning, giving up back-to-back singles to start the inning and bring the scoop to the plate. Stripling bounced the pitch off the bottom of Scoop’s bat, and the Toronto starter fielded the ball and threw it to third baseman Matt Chapman to make it look like a forceout, who relayed it first for a double play.

However, the Tigers disputed the play, and after a video review, officials determined that a strip-ring pitch had hit Scoop’s hand, rather than the knob of his bat. , denied an out at third base.

After watching a few replays at the clubhouse, Stripling said, “It was flipped so quickly that I have a feeling there must have been something that was obvious it was a finger.” “Maybe I overlooked what they were looking at, because it looked and sounded like a knob all along.”

“You mean you came back to me, right? You didn’t die in that box over there.”

Clemens then hit a sacrifice fly to score Eric Haas and end the stripling outing. Green then scored Robbie Grossman on an RBI double to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

Scoop tackled another run next inning and his single gave Jaymer Candelario time to home run from second.

Toronto rallied in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead again.

Bichette hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded to score George Springer. This allowed Hernandez to hit the climactic home run, which also scored Guerrero and Gurriel.