Despite Steven Kwan's 4-hit game, Cleveland Guardians lose at Toronto Blue Jays

Guardians third baseman Daniel Schneemann celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting his first MLB home run, a two-run shot against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.
Guardians third baseman Daniel Schneemann celebrates with teammates in the dugout after hitting his first MLB home run, a two-run shot against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.

TORONTO — Daulton Varsho hit a grand slam, Ernie Clement belted a two-run blast and the Toronto Blue Jays held on to defeat the visiting Cleveland Guardians 7-6 Sunday afternoon.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three hits and a walk for Toronto in the rubber match of the three-game series.

Daniel Schneemann had three hits, including a two-run home run, and Brayan Rocchio also had a two-run homer for the Guardians, who completed a 4-4 road trip. Steven Kwan went 4-for-5 with four singles and an RBI to extend his hit streak to 11.

Blue Jays center fielder Daulton Varsho is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a fifth-inning grand slam against the Guardians, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.
Blue Jays center fielder Daulton Varsho is greeted by teammates at home plate after hitting a fifth-inning grand slam against the Guardians, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.

Toronto right-hander Jose Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and eight hits with one strikeout and no walks in six innings.

Cleveland right-hander Ben Lively (6-3) was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks and struck out four over four-plus innings.

Toronto took a 2-0 lead in the second. Addison Barger led off with a single and Clement hit a one-out blast to left-center for his third homer of the season.

Blue Jays third baseman Ernie Clement (28) is greeted by right fielder Addison Barger after scoring them both with a two-run home run against the Guardians in the second inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.
Blue Jays third baseman Ernie Clement (28) is greeted by right fielder Addison Barger after scoring them both with a two-run home run against the Guardians in the second inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.

Cleveland tied the game in the fifth. Schneemann led off with a single, Rocchio was hit by a pitch and Bo Naylor singled to left to load the bases. Kwan hit an RBI single to left and another run scored when Tyler Freeman grounded into a double play.

Lively was replaced by Nick Sandlin after walking Spencer Horwitz and Davis Schneider to open the bottom of the five-run fifth. Guerrero singled to the wall in center to load the bases. Varsho followed with a drive to right for his 11th home run of the season, his second grand slam of the season and the third of his career.

Sandlin walked George Springer and Alejandro Kirk and gave up an RBI single to Barger before being replaced by Scott Barlow.

Cleveland scored two in the sixth when Will Brennan singled and Schneemann hit a shot to left for his first career homer.

Guardians third baseman Daniel Schneemann hits a two-run home run against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.
Guardians third baseman Daniel Schneemann hits a two-run home run against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.

Toronto's Yimi Garcia allowed Schneeman's single and Rocchio's second homer of the season in the ninth to cut Cleveland's deficit to 7-6. Kwan and Freeman followed with two-out singles. Garcia left with a trainer and was replaced by Nate Pearson, who earned his second save of the season.

Guardians next game

After an off day Monday, the Guardians host the Mariners in a three-game series starting Tuesday. Toronto then comes to Cleveland for three games starting Friday.

Jose Ramirez, Bo Bichette updates

Cleveland was without Jose Ramirez (paternity list). Toronto was without Bo Bichette (calf). Ramirez is expected back in the lineup Tuesday.

Steven Kwan stats

Kwan's four-hit game pushed his season average to .398 (70-for-176). He's also had a league-best 11 games of three or more hits, despite missing 23 games with a hamstring injury. He's had a hit in every game he's played since returning from the injury.

Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan hits a single against the Blue Jays in the first inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.
Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan hits a single against the Blue Jays in the first inning, June 16, 2024, in Toronto.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Daulton Varsho grand slam keys Blue Jays win over Guardians

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