Justin Turner gets 3 RBIs, Blue Jays hold Rockies to 2 hits in 5-0 victory

TORONTO (AP) — José Berríos and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, Justin Turner had three hits and three RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0 on Sunday for their second shutout victory of the season.

Turner opened the scoring with a two-out single in the first, doubled home a run in the third and added another two-out RBI single in the fifth, all against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland.

Turner is 8 for 10 with six RBIs against left-handed pitching this season.

The Blue Jays won their second straight series after losing the previous two.

Berríos (3-0) allowed two hits, both singles, walked two and struck out seven. He lowered his ERA from 1.45 to 1.05.

Toronto’s Génesis Cabrera pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Nate Pearson struck out the side in the ninth.

Freeland (0-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in five innings, losing for the third time in four starts. Freeland walked two and struck out three. His ERA went from 16.03 to 13.21.

When Turner’s bloop single drove in George Springer in the bottom of the first, it marked the 15th time in 16 games this season that Colorado’s opponent had opened the scoring.

The Rockies have allowed 23 runs in the first inning this season.

The Rockies had a season-high 20 hits in Friday’s 12-4 win but the offense didn’t keep rolling. Colorado had seven hits in a 5-3 loss on Saturday before Berríos shut the Rockies down Sunday.

Springer had two hits and scored twice for Toronto while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. added an RBI single.

Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk reached base four times. Kirk walked twice and had two singles.


Rockies: OF Kris Bryant was held out of the starting lineup. Bryant left Saturday’s game in the fourth because of soreness in his right ribs and back. The 2016 NL MVP twisted and crashed into the outfield wall making a first-inning catch.


Rockies: RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 7.20 ERA) is expected to start Monday as Colorado opens a three-game series in Philadelphia. RHP Aaron Nola (0-1, 4.50) goes for the Phillies.

Blue Jays: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-2, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday as Toronto begins a three-game series against the Yankees. RHP Luis Gil (0-0, 3.00) gets the ball for New York.



Ian Harrison, The Associated Press