Gregor Chisholm: Alek Manoah covers up a lot of errors, and the Jays beat the Angels again

ANAHEIM—Well, it certainly wasn’t pretty, but the Blue Jays will take it. After giving away a few wins earlier this season because of defensive lapses, they finally got one back on Friday night.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drove home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning as the Jays overcame a sloppy night in the field to secure a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. A botched play by Angels right-fielder Juan Lagares helped make it happen.

Gurriel’s sharp liner to right shouldn’t have resulted in the winning run as Alejandro Kirk had yet to round third base by the time the ball reached Lagares’ glove. But after it bounced away, the Jays catcher was able to cruise home as Charlie Montoyo’s squad picked up its seventh win over the last 10 games.

“It was going to be hard for Kirk to score on that, but once I saw that he dropped the ball I knew we had a good chance right there,” Gurriel said through an interpreter after the game. “To come here and play an excellent team like the Angels, we made three errors, but to get a win like that is huge for us and hopefully we can continue playing like that and win the series.”

The Jays found themselves in another tight affair — their 19th one-run ball game of the season — but this was arguably a game that never should have been that close.…

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