It was a huge outing for Toronto Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. on Tuesday night in the team's return to the newly renovated Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York.
Guerrero Jr. finished the evening going 4-for-4 at the plate, registering three RBIs and coming just a triple shy of the cycle, as he powered the Blue Jays to a 5-1 win over the Miami Marlins.
The 22-year-old first baseman got his night started off with a two-out double in the bottom of the first inning, as he was aggressive on the first pitch he saw from Marlins starter, Sandy Alcantara.
Two innings later, with runners on first and second and one out, Guerrero Jr. was aggressive again on the first pitch he saw, ripping a drive beyond the left-center wall to give Toronto a 3-0 lead. It was his 17th home run of the season, temporarily giving him the league-lead.
In his other two plate appearances on the night, Guerrero Jr. was able to hit singles to right field, upping his batting average on the season to .337 and increasing his league-leading OPS to 1.104.
In the fifth inning, Guerrero's single helped place second baseman Marcus Semien in scoring position with one out in the bottom frame. The very next batter, outfielder Teoscar Hernandez grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Semien from third base.
In the eighth inning, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. capped off the scoring for the Blue Jays with a solo home run to left field to make the score 5-1.
Meanwhile, Robbie Ray had a strong outing on the mound for Toronto, going six strong innings and striking out nine batters. He also gave up just one earned run to earn his third win of the season.
While playing in Buffalo last season, the Blue Jays fared quite well, going 17-9 in 26 games and earning a playoff berth in the process. The team will look to build upon their success at Sahlen Field from last season, and Tuesday night was a step in the right direction.
The Blue Jays will close out their short two-game series with the Marlins on Wednesday night in Downtown Buffalo before beginning a three-game weekend series with the Houston Astros starting Friday.
First pitch on Wednesday is set for 7:07 p.m. ET with rookie Alek Manoah set to take the mound for Toronto against Pablo Lopez for Miami.