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Tepera, filling in for closer Roberto Osuna, got his first save in his fourth opportunity — but it wasn’t easy. After getting Scott Kingery to fly out leading off the inning, Tepera gave up a single to Jorge Alfaro and a double by Pedro Florimon to put runners on second and third. Alfaro scored on a wild pitch that also moved Florimon to third. Tepera walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out before striking out Rhys Hoskins looking and getting Odubel Herrera to ground out.

Alfaro nailed Teoscar Hernandez trying to steal second in the third inning to complete a double play after Solarte struck out swinging. It was another hard throw from Alfaro, who entered with the five fastest throws to second by a catcher this season. His hardest throw, 91.3-mph, occurred May 13 against the Mets.


Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki was cleared to run on flat ground. Tulowitzki had surgery in April for bone spurs in both feet. He is not close to a return, though, manager John Gibbons said. … Stroman will play long toss on Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next week.

Tepera, filling in for closer Roberto Osuna, got his first save in his fourth opportunity — but it wasn’t easy. After getting Scott Kingery to fly out leading off the inning, Tepera gave up a single to Jorge Alfaro and a double by Pedro Florimon to put runners on second and third. Alfaro scored on a wild pitch that also moved Florimon to third. Tepera walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out before striking out Rhys Hoskins looking and getting Odubel Herrera to ground out.

Alfaro nailed Teoscar Hernandez trying to steal second in the third inning to complete a double play after Solarte struck out swinging. It was another hard throw from Alfaro, who entered with the five fastest throws to second by a catcher this season. His hardest throw, 91.3-mph, occurred May 13 against the Mets.

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki was cleared to run on flat ground. Tulowitzki had surgery in April for bone spurs in both feet. He is not close to a return, though, manager John Gibbons said. … Stroman will play long toss on Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next week.

Yangervis Solarte and Kevin Pillar added RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who opened a nine-game road trip after going 1-6 and getting outscored 43-22 on a seven-game homestand against Oakland and the Angels. Toronto blew late leads in two of those defeats.

I kept telling myself it was the same three outs; it doesn’t matter what inning, Tepera said, before acknowledging that it was indeed different. It is a different animal. Batters definitely battle more when the game’s on the line. You like to tell yourself that (it’s the same three outs), but it is what it is.

After getting Scott Kingery to fly out leading off the inning, Tepera gave up a single to Jorge Alfaro and a double by Pedro Florimon to put runners on second and third. Alfaro scored on a wild pitch that also moved Florimon to third. Tepera walked the next two to load the bases with one out before striking out Rhys Hoskins looking and getting Odubel Herrera to ground out.

Earlier on Friday, Major League Baseball extended the administrative leave for Osuna through June 4. Osuna, who has nine saves this season after securing 39 in an All-Star campaign in 2017, was arrested earlier this month on assault charges.

Alfaro nailed Teoscar Hernandez trying to steal second in the third inning to complete a double play after Solarte struck out swinging. It was another hard throw from Alfaro, who entered with the five fastest throws to second by a catcher this season. His hardest throw, 91.3-mph, occurred May 13 against the Mets.

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki was cleared to run on flat ground. Tulowitzki had surgery in April for bone spurs in both feet. He is not close to a return, though, manager John Gibbons said. … Stroman will play long toss on Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next week.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Justin Smoak homered, Sam Gaviglio struck out six over six innings and Ryan Tepera escaped a ninth-inning jam for his first save to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

Tepera, filling in for closer Roberto Osuna, got his first save in his fourth opportunity — but it wasn’t easy. After getting Scott Kingery to fly out leading off the inning, Tepera gave up a single to Jorge Alfaro and a double by Pedro Florimon to put runners on second and third. Alfaro scored on a wild pitch that also moved Florimon to third. Tepera walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out before striking out Rhys Hoskins looking and getting Odubel Herrera to ground out.

Alfaro nailed Teoscar Hernandez trying to steal second in the third inning to complete a double play after Solarte struck out swinging. It was another hard throw from Alfaro, who entered with the five fastest throws to second by a catcher this season. His hardest throw, 91.3-mph, occurred May 13 against the Mets.

Blue Jays: SS Troy Tulowitzki was cleared to run on flat ground. Tulowitzki had surgery in April for bone spurs in both feet. He is not close to a return, though, manager John Gibbons said. … Stroman will play long toss on Saturday and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session next week.