Kiermaier, Chapman both drive in five as Blue Jays beat Angels in 10

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Matt Chapman is used to wild getaway games at Angel Stadium.

But the Toronto third baseman said Sunday was one of the more unique ones he has experienced.

Chapman and No. 9 batter Kevin Kiermaier each drove in five runs as the Blue Jays rallied for a 12-11 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in 10 innings.

“It seems like every Sunday game I’ve played here in my career has been crazy,” said Chapman, who spent his first five big league seasons with Oakland before getting traded to Toronto. “It’s always long games that are back and forth. We just stayed in the moment.”

Chapman hit his first career grand slam in the sixth as the Blue Jays overcame an early-six run deficit. Toronto blew a three-run lead in the ninth as the Angels forced extra innings, but Kiermaier came through with a ground-rule RBI double in the 10th off Carlos Estévez (0-1) and scored on George Springer‘s single to make it 12-10.

The Angels got one run back in the bottom of the inning and had the bases loaded with two outs before Tim Mayza got Shohei Ohtani to ground out to second on an 0-2 sinker to end the game.

“I love the way we just went after it,” manager John Schneider said after the Blue Jays took two of three in the series and finished 6-4 on their season-opening trip. “It kind of got contagious a little bit, and then kind of just continuing to add on. It says a lot about those guys. They’re in it until the end.”

Los Angeles hit four home runs, including Ohtani’s third of the year.

Hunter Renfroe, Brandon Drury and Logan O'Hoppe also went deep for the Angels, who lost for the fifth time since 2020 despite hitting at least four home runs.

Renfroe, who had a two-run homer in the first, finished with four RBIs as the teams combined for 26 hits.

“I love what our offense is doing. I thought Reid (Detmers) was incredible for five innings. It just unraveled there in the sixth and we couldn’t get any outs in the seventh,” Angels manager Phil Nevin said.

Jordan Romano (1-0) got the win despite allowing three runs in the ninth.

The Halos had runners on first and second with one out before Romano struck out Trout. Ohtani was walked to load the bases before Anthony Rendon was hit in the back on a 98 mph fastball by Romano. Renfroe evened it with a two-run double down the left-field line.

The Blue Jays trailed 6-0 after starter Yusei Kikuchi gave up three home runs. But they got six runs in the sixth, with Chapman’s grand slam off Detmers starting the comeback and Kiermaier tying it with a two-run triple off Andrew Wantz.

“We all try to feed off each other and make plays and do whatever we need to do,” said Kiermaier, whose two-run double in the seventh extended Toronto’s lead to 10-6. “There were some interesting moments, but at the end of the day we shook hands and we’re here celebrating a great flight back to Toronto.”

BATTLE OF COUNTRYMEN

Ohtani, who went to the same high school as Kikuchi in Japan, had a two-run homer to center in the third to extend the Angels’ lead to 5-0. It was the third time Ohtani has taken Kikuchi deep in the majors.

QUITE THE TRIP

Chapman leads the majors with a .475 batting average, and in hits (19) and doubles (seven). He is also tied at the top with 14 RBIs and is second in extra-base hits with nine.

ON THE FARM

Angels prospect Jo Adell hit a pair of two-run homers for Triple-A Salt Lake in an 11-10 loss at Albuquerque. He has homered in six straight games and has seven on the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Chris Rodriguez (torn right shoulder capsule) continues to throw, but will not face hitters again until his shoulder feels stronger. … C Max Stassi (left hip strain) is participating in limited baseball activities.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Alek Manoah (1-0, 4.35 ERA) will make his third start of the season in Tuesday’s home opener against Detroit.

Angels: LHP José Suarez (0-1, 12.46 ERA) faces the Washington Nationals for the first time on Monday.

Yankees score runs in final three innings for 4-1 victory over Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES – Despite battling injuries all season, the New York Yankees are still managing to pick up victories.

With AL MVP Aaron Judge sidelined after injuring his foot on Saturday, the Yankees got strong pitching and were able to use a little bit of small ball to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 Sunday and take two of three games in the weekend series.

“Just a really good all-around effort. A lot of winning things were happening in that game,” manager Aaron Boone said.

New York plated runs in the seventh and eighth innings on soft-contract grounders before Anthony Volpe provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the ninth.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Dodgers, who dropped the final two games in the series.

Clay Holmes (4-2) pitched one inning to pick up the win, and Wandy Peralta got the last four outs for his fourth save.

It was a pitchers’ duel for six innings between the Yankees’ Domingo Germán and Dodgers’ Bobby Miller. The right-handers matched zeroes as the teams combined for only four hits in the first six innings.

Dodgers’ rookie Miller allowed only one hit in his six innings, becoming the first Dodgers’ pitcher since at least 1901 to allow one hit or fewer within his first three big league starts. The 24-year old right-hander struck out seven and walked two in his third start.

Germán went 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run and four hits, including Martinez’s solo shot to tie it at 1-all in the seventh. The right-hander has limited opponents to one run or fewer in four of his last six starts.

Jake Bauers – who was playing right field in place of Judge – scored the game’s first run in the seventh on Kyle Higashioka‘s broken-bat grounder to short.

Bauers got aboard with a base hit then advanced to third when Brusdar Graterol threw the ball away on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s bunt.

After Martinez’s homer, the Yankees retook the lead in the eighth against Evan Phillips (1-1). Oswaldo Cabrera drove in Anthony Rizzo with the go-ahead run with a slow roller that second baseman Miguel Vargas could only throw to first.

“It not being hit well helps when the fielders have to move a little. That’s what you’re selling out for. Good job by the base runners there,” Boone said.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said both balls could not have been placed any better by the Yankees’ batters.

“I don’t think they had a chance on both balls. The base runners had such a good jump. They were jam shots,” Roberts said. “There were a lot of things we did as far as giving away a couple bases on the defensive side.”

Volpe had two hits after being mired in a 3-for-38 slump his last 11 games. He extended the lead by driving Caleb Ferguson’s fastball over the wall in left-center in the ninth. It was Volpe’s ninth homer, which is second among AL rookies.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence,” said Volpe after the Yankees took four of six on the road trip.

BOMBS AWAY

Martinez evened it in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to left-center. It was his 10th homer in the last 21 games.

Martinez has 20 homers against the Yankees, his third-most against any club. He has 35 against Baltimore and 23 vs. Cleveland. He is four homers away from 300 for his career.

MILLER TIME

Miller – the 29th overall pick in the 2020 amateur draft – looked like he might have a short outing after throwing 27 pitches in the first inning. He struck out three but also walked two.

Miller retired seven straight between the third and fifth innings before Volpe lined a base hit to center field with two out in the fifth.

“It felt really good. Been working on my slider a lot lately.,” said Miller, who threw 86 pitches, including 39 sliders. “They know I have a good fastball so I have to have my other pitches working as well.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes is expected to be placed on the injured list Monday or Tuesday due to a shoulder issue. Manager Aaron Boone said Cortes has been slower to recover between starts and is likely to miss one or two starts. … LHP Carlos Rendon (left forearm strain) will face hitters on Wednesday.

Dodgers: OF Trayce Thompson was placed on the injured list with a left oblique strain. OF Johnny Deluca was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Return home for six games starting Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. RHP Clarke Schmidt (2-5, 5.01 ERA) has gone at least five innings in six of his last eight starts.

Dodgers: Hit the road starting Tuesday against Cincinnati. RHP Tony Gonsolin (3-1, 1.77 ERA) has gone 3-0 in his last four starts.