THERE SHE GOES!
GOINS GRAND SLAM POWERS BLUE JAYS.
MILWAUKEE — Ryan Goins hit his first career grand slam, one of four homers for the Toronto Blue Jays in an 8-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays swept the two-game interleague baseball series and wrapped up a seven-game road trip with three straight wins.
Kevin Pillar, Devon Travis and Jose Bautista hit solo shots for the Blue Jays, who have homered in four straight games. Bautista’s towering shot caromed off the Miller Lite sign high above the centre-field wall 400 feet from the plate.
Marcus Stroman (5-2) allowed four hits and a season-high four walks but won his fourth straight game, pitching into the sixth before Domingo Santana’s two-out, threerun homer cut Toronto’s lead to four.
The bullpen ended the afternoon by retiring 10 of the Brewers’ final 11 hitters. Goins’ grand slam in the sixth provided more than enough cushion.
A .202 hitter entering the game, Goins hit an 0-1 pitch from reliever Oliver Drake into the right-field stands to break open what had been a 4-1 game in the top of the sixth. The left-hitting Goins left an impression in what might be his last game at shortstop before regular Troy Tulowitzki (right hamstring) returns from the disabled list. Matt Garza (2-1) allowed seven hits and six runs over 5 2/3 innings. His ERA ballooned from 2.43 to 3.60 after giving up three homers. NOTES: Bautista went 2 of 4 for his seventh multi-hit game in his last 11. He extended his on-base streak to 16 ... Keon Broxton hit his fifth homer of the year, a solo shot, in the third off Stroman … Manager John Gibbons expects 3B Josh Donaldson (right calf ) and Tulowitzki to return from minor-league rehab assignments to rejoin the team in Toronto for a weekend series against the Texas Rangers. The Jays have a day off Thursday.
Toronto Blue Jays’ Ryan Goins hits a grand slam in the sixth inning Wednesday in Milwaukee.