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Jansen homers, drives in winner in 11th as Jays beat Cubs

TORONTO (AP) Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and singled home the winning run in the 11th because the Toronto Blue Jays overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Monday night.

Jansen connected off Erich Uelmen for his 11th homer, then won it with a base hit to left field against Mark Leiter Jr. (2-6) that scored Matt Chapman from second base and ended Torontos three-game skid.

We love what he does behind the plate, we love what does as a leader of the pitching staff, Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said of Jansen. When hes hitting like this, its an additional benefit.

Toronto, chasing an AL wild card, bounced back following a weekend sweep by the Angels that included two shutouts.

We needed that one and much more, Blue Jays right-hander Jos Berros said.

Chicago blew a lead and lost for the 41st time, a lot more than any big league team.

Toronto tied it 4-all in the eighth when Cavan Biggio hit a two-out double off Manuel Rodrguez and scored on Chapmans single.

Cubs outfielder Ian Happ lined out to begin with the 10th and shortstop Bo Bichette doubled automatic runner Nelson Velzquez off second base. That has been among five outs Chicago ran into on the basepaths, including one at third and another at the plate.

We cant leave so many outs on the bases, manager David Ross said. Way too many mistakes baserunning-wise that cost us the overall game, really.

After Chicago intentionally walked Alejandro Kirk to start out underneath of the 10th, third baseman Christopher Morel turned a double play on Bichettes grounder. Kirk was ruled safe at second, however the Cubs challenged and umpire Nick Mahrleys call was overturned.

The Cubs put runners at second and third with two outs in the 11th but Yimi Garcia (3-4) struck out P.J. Higgins.

Berros allowed a season-high 10 hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. He slammed his glove onto the dugout bench in frustration after being replaced by left-hander Tim Mayza.

Pinch-hitting for Alfonso Rivas, Higgins greeted Mayza with a two-run double. The hit snapped an 0-for-13 slump and was Higgins second in his past 35 at-bats.

Making the next appearance of his career, Cubs right-hander Javier Assad allowed four hits, all singles, in five scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Assad escaped a bases-loaded jam in the initial by getting Biggio to fly out.

After back-to-back hits by Nick Madrigal and Willson Contreras put runners at second and third with one out in the fifth, Toronto turned a distinctive double play to get rid of the threat. Happ struck from a pitch that got from Jansen, who threw to first to perform the strikeout. Madrigal broke for home on the throw, but Vladimir Guerrero Jr. threw back again to Jansen, who got the tag down just with time.

That has been a wild play, Jansen said. You dont really view it often. It had been great on Vladdy eliminating it immediately.


The Blue Jays welcomed back Cubs right-hander Marcus Stroman to Toronto with a pregame video. Stroman went 47-45 in six seasons with the Blue Jays and started the 2016 AL wild-card game against Baltimore. He was traded to the Mets in July 2019.

Stroman, who gets the Toronto skyline tattooed across his left side, can make his first career start against his old team Tuesday. He acknowledged pulling for the Blue Jays to produce a postseason push.

If theres one team Im rooting for in the playoffs its Toronto, Stroman said.


The Blue Jays are 26-17 in one-run games and 7-6 in extra innings.


George Springer went 0 for 5 for Toronto, ending his 12-game hitting streak.


Blue Jays OF Teoscar Hernndez (left foot) happened from the starting lineup. Hernndez were only available in right field Sunday but appeared struggling to run the bases at full speed. He left Fridays game after fouling a ball off his left foot and didn’t play Saturday.


Cubs: Chicago put RHP Adrian Sampson and LHP Justin Steele on the restricted list and added LHP Brendon Little as an alternative player. Little was 3-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 29 relief appearances at Triple-A Iowa.

Blue Jays: Toronto claimed OF Bradley Zimmer off waivers from Philadelphia. Zimmer appeared in 77 games for the Blue Jays earlier this year but was designated for assignment Aug. 15. Hes likely to join the team when rosters expand Sept. 1.


Stroman (3-6, 4.10 ERA) faces Blue Jays RHP Kevin Gausman (9-9, 3.15) on Tuesday.


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