Blue Jays’ Gausman stops Dodgers’ win streak

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Blue Jays stellar pitching ends Dodgers six game win streak despite late rally.

TORONTO — The Blue Jays rode an early scoring outburst while Kevin Gausman (1-3) dominated the Dodgers through seven innings to a 3-1 victory at Rogers Centre in Toronto, snapping Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak

The Dodgers went with a bullpen day and although the pitching staff only gave up three runs, it was the first two that made the difference. Michael Grove gave up all three runs for the Dodgers en route to picking up a loss. 

Andy Pages was the only Los Angeles player on offense to have a multi-hit game, as the team collectively had only six hits and went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. 

The Dodgers are now 19-11 on the season and first in the National League West.  

Here are three takeaways:

Grove has had some good moments over the last few outings, but on Sunday against the Blue Jays, he struggled again. To start the game, he went two innings, gave up all three Blue Jays runs on the day and gave up a home run. 

His ERA is now 6.88 and there should be serious consideration to send him to the minor leagues to work on command. The Dodgers have plenty of excellent young arms to bring up and contribute now in the long relief role.

Pages is playing like the best outfielder on the Dodgers and even though he had a rough start to his Major League career, he has been absolutely crushing the baseball. 

In 45 plate appearances, he is hitting .310 with a .333 OBP and .548 SLG%. He now has a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .450 over that span. 

With the looming return of Jason Heyward, the Dodgers have a decision to make, and it looks like Pages could win the final spot over Chris Taylor, with Taylor having his worst season as a Major Leaguer. 

Yarbrough was one of the most underrated acquisitions the Dodgers have made over the past year. His ERA is now 3.00 and went four scoreless innings to keep the Dodgers in the game after an early 3-0 deficit. 

While his stuff is not the fastest, it certainly is very crafty. The left-hander has been a godsend for the Dodgers in situations where they need an innings eater or a piggyback with a starter. 

The Dodgers will head to Arizona for a 2023 NLDS rematch against the Diamondbacks. James Paxton will take the mound against Tommy Henry for Arizona. First pitch is set for 6:40 PM PST on Monday.