Matt Chapman homers, Berríos gets win as Jays beat Tigers 4-1

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TORONTO — Matt Chapman hit a two-run homer, Jose Berrios won his third straight decision and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the error-prone Detroit Tigers 4-1.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette had RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who have won 12 of 15 overall after taking three of four from the Tigers. Toronto (57-45) is a season-high 12 games above .500 for the third time, and the first time since the Blue Jays were 37-25 on June 15.

Detroit (41-62) has gone 4-7 since the All-Star break.

Berrios (8-4) allowed three hits in seven innings, including a solo home run to his brother-in-law, Javier Baez. Berrios walked one and struck out six.

“He was landing his curveball. He was spotting his fastball up,” interim manager John Schneider said. “He was on.”

Tim Mayza worked the eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his AL-leading 24th save in 27 chances, striking out Miguel Cabrera to end it with the fans in the crowd of 40,298 on their feet.

The Tigers made four errors Sunday, giving them seven in the four-game series. Left fielder Robbie Grossman dropped Guerrero’s line drive in the third, Baez dropped Bichette’s pop fly in the fourth, Hill made an errant pickoff throw to first in the fifth and Baez made a throwing error on Teoscar Hernandez’s grounder in the eighth.

“It was inexcusable,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “Those are sloppy plays that need to be made.”

Hinch disputed the suggestion that the upcoming trade deadline is affecting his team’s focus.

“These are big boys. They can make plays,” Hinch said.

None of Toronto’s runs were unearned.

Chapman opened the scoring when he connected off right-hander Garrett Hill in the second inning, his 20th this season and fourth this series. Chapman homered twice Thursday and went deep again Friday.

“I don’t really know what to do against him right now,” Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart said.

Baez and Berrios battled in a first-inning at-bat that included several deep foul drives, one into the upper deck. Baez thought he’d walked on ball three before taking a curve outside on the ninth pitch of the at-bat.

“Their holiday dinners will probably revolve around these at-bats,” Hinch said.

It was the first time Berrios had allowed a hit against Baez, who came in 0 for 5 against his brother-in-law.

“I already texted him and told him he got me,” Berrios said.

Baez cut Toronto’s lead in half with his leadoff homer in the fourth, his 10th, but Guerrero and Bichette drove in runs as Toronto chased Hill with a two-run fifth.

Hill (1-3) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings, his third straight losing decision. Hill walked two and struck out one.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (shoulder) is expected to be activated off the injured list to start against Minnesota on Tuesday, Hinch said. Manning last pitched for Detroit April 16 at Kansas City.

Blue Jays: OF George Springer (right elbow) sat for the second time in three games. Springer also sat out Friday. He started at DH Saturday. . RHP Alek Manoah felt fine after playing catch before the game, Manoah left Friday’s start in the sixth after taking a comebacker off his right elbow.

HOT AT HOME

Berrios has won 13 consecutive home starts, breaking Roy Halladay’s Blue Jays record. Haladay won 12 straight at home from May 31, 2007 to April 6, 2008.

SAVE ME

Romano’s 24 save was a career-best. He had 23 last season.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (7-8, 3.67) starts Monday as Detroit begins a three-game series at Minnesota.

Blue Jays: RHP Kevin Gausman (7-8, 3.30) is expected to start Tuesday as Toronto opens a two-game series at Tampa Bay. RHP Drew Rasmussen (6-3, 3.17) goes for the Rays.

Shohei Ohtani agrees to $30 million deal for 2023 with Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani agreed to a $30 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2023 season in the two-way superstar’s final year of arbitration eligibility before free agency.

The Angels announced the deal, avoiding a potentially complicated arbitration case with the 2021 AL MVP.

Ohtani’s deal is fully guaranteed, with no other provisions. The contract is the largest ever given to an arbitration-eligible player, surpassing the $27 million given to Mookie Betts by the Boston Red Sox in January 2020, a month before he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ohtani is having another incredible season at the plate and on the mound for the Angels, regularly accomplishing feats that haven’t occurred in the major leagues since Babe Ruth’s heyday. He is a strong contender for the AL MVP award again alongside the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who has tied the AL home run record and is closing in on the batting Triple Crown.

Ohtani is batting .276 with 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .888 OPS as the Halos’ designated hitter. He is 15-8 with a 2.35 ERA and 213 strikeouts as their ace on the mound, and opponents are batting only .207 against him.

The 28-year-old Ohtani still will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and his future could be tied to the immediate fortunes of the Angels, who will complete their seventh consecutive losing season next week. The Angels didn’t trade Ohtani at the deadline despite being out of the playoff race again, and Ohtani is wildly popular among the club’s fans.

Ohtani repeatedly has said winning will be an important factor in choosing his home beyond 2023, and Angels owner Arte Moreno is currently exploring a sale of the team.

Moreno’s leadership has been widely criticized during the Angels’ mostly miserable run of play since 2009, and a fresh start with deep-pocketed new owners could be the best chance to persuade Ohtani to stay with the franchise he joined in 2018 from Japan. Ohtani immediately won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and he rounded into unique form last season after recovering fully from Tommy John surgery.