Nov 18

Blue Jays end pre-season with 6-4 win against Pirates in Montreal

Melvin Upton Jr. and Rowdy Tellez hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 to end the pre-season play for both clubs on Saturday afternoon.

A crowd of 52,202 turned out to Olympic Stadium for the second of the two-game set. The teams played to a 1-1 tie on Friday night before 43,180.

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The Jays scored one in the second and narrowly missed a much bigger inning. With the bases loaded, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a long ball to right that drifted just foul before being called out on
strikes. Upton finally brought in Troy Tulowitzki on a fielder’s choice, but then was caught stealing to end the threat.

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It was the same in the third. After Kendrys Morales doubled home Kevin Pillar, the Jays loaded the bases but left-hander Dan Runzler came on in relief of starter Chad Kuhl and got Steve Pearce to pop up to first to end the inning.

Jays starter Francisco Liriano was lifted with two out in the fourth in favour of Mike Bolsinger. He was greeted with Josh Bell’s base hit to right to score Andrew McCutchen, but then ended it by
striking out Phil Gosselin.

Upton took reliever Tyler Glasnow over the wall, scoring Saltalamacchia, in the fourth.