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Nationals 11-8 Blue Jays (May 5, 2024) Game Recap

WASHINGTON – – Eddie Rosario’s two-run homer in the seventh inning broke an 8-8 tie and the Washington Nationals defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-8 on Sunday.

After Jesse Winker doubled against Genesis Cabrera (1-1) to lead off, Erik Swanson came on and got two outs, but Rosario homered to right center to make it 10-8.

The start of the match was delayed 85 minutes due to rain in the weather forecast and there were five lead changes.

Luis Garcia Jr. had four hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs, and Winker added a three-run homer for Washington, which took two of the three from Toronto.

Hunter Harvey (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and Kyle Finnegan scored the ninth for his 11th save.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his fifth career grand slam for the Blue Jays, who lost four of five. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had two hits and drove in three runs.

Toronto starter Alek Manoah threw four innings in his first Major League start since last August. He allowed seven runs (six of them earned) and six hits and four walks. He struck out six while throwing 92 pitches.

Washington starter MacKenzie Gore allowed six runs – two earned – and six hits in three innings.

Guerrero’s grand slam gave the Blue Jays a 5-1 lead in the second inning and the margin grew to 6-1 in the third, but Manoah could not maintain the lead.

Garcia hit a solo home run in the third and then drove home two runs in the fourth. After Nick Senzel singled, Winker followed with a three-run shot to right center and Washington led 7-6.

The Blue Jays scored two runs in the fifth to regain the lead, but Garcia’s RBI single scored Jacob Young to make it 8-8 in the sixth.


Nationals: Young, who left Friday’s game in the fifth inning with back spasms, was in the starting lineup.


Blue Jays: RHP Jose Berrios (4-2, 1.44) throws the opener of a two-game series in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Nationals: RHP Trevor Williams (3-0, 2.27) will complete the first of a two-game series against the visiting Orioles on Tuesday.