Noah Syndergaard won for the first time since April 30, rookies Brayan Rocchio and José Tena sparked Cleveland’s offense, and the Guardians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 on Thursday.
Syndergaard (2-5) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings and was removed with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth. Nick Sandlin retired Nathan Lukes on a ground ball to end the inning.
Toronto trailed 4-1 entering the seventh but scored twice. Cleanup hitter George Springer and manager John Schneider were ejected by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak during the rally.
Springer had words for Rehak after a 3-2 pitch with two runners on was called strike three and shrugged his shoulders as walked to the dugout.
Rehak ejected Springer, which quickly brought an angry Schneider out of the dugout. Schneider was quickly ejected and crew chief Chad Fairchild came down from first base to calm down the Blue Jays manager. Springer returned to the field after he discovered he had been thrown out.
Toronto then loaded the bases, but Trevor Stephan retired Alejandro Kirk on a popup and struck out Davis Schneider.
Emmanuel Clase pitched the ninth for his 31st save in 39 chances.
Runs were difficult to come by as the teams split the four-game series. Toronto won Monday’s opener by a 3-1 score before the team exchanged 1-0 outcomes the following two nights.
Syndergaard made his third start with Cleveland since being acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for shortstop Amed Rosario on July 26. He allowed a career-high four home runs against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
The 30-year-old right-hander has battled injuries over the past several seasons. He made 12 starts with the Dodgers before being sidelined with a blister and also underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020.
Rocchio had RBI doubles in the second and fifth. Tena had an RBI single in the second for his first major league hit and a double in the fifth.
Alek Manoah (3-9) was pulled after the first two batters in the fifth reached base. He was charged with four runs and allowed four hits in four innings. Manoah struck out six, walked three and threw 93 pitches.
Whit Merrifield, Brandon Belt and Santiago Espinal had RBI for Toronto.