Blue Jays slammed by extra Cardinals as attack stays cold

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ST. LOUIS — That’s what qualifies as a Blue Jays rally these days, but given the way things have been going lately, they were ready to take it.

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As a rule, this was not enough.

A pair of base-laden walks in the seventh inning of another close game gave the Jays a rare two-run lead Monday night at Busch Stadium.

But even that gift wasn’t enough for the struggling Jays to survive another frustrating night of offense. Instead, the Cards took advantage of the Jays’ inability to bring a runner home from the second extra inning.

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And make them pay for what they did with a Paul Goldschmidt Grand Slam homer in the bottom of the 10th to secure a 7-3 win.

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays in the tenth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Miss., May 23, 2022. Photo by Jeff Curry /USA TODAY Sports

The loss not only spoiled a strong 6.1 innings run by starter Jose Berrios, it dropped the Jays’ record to 22-20 and continued a miserable May at the plate.

After the Jays scored their two runs in the seventh, the Cards responded with a pair in the bottom half and it was back to the drawing board.

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The Jays dodged a bullet late in the ninth when the Cards couldn’t take a brace from Nolan Arenado and it sent him to extras.

It wasn’t like the Jays didn’t have early opportunities, though. In three innings, the Jays were already 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position, continuing the dismal production at home plate.

AROUND THE BASES

Manager Charlie Montoyo juggled his batting order in hopes of injecting some life into the struggling offense. Santiago Espinal, elevated to sports rank No. 2 of the order. “I just move people around,” Montoyo said. “I’m just looking for ways to move people forward. It starts with a guy. … After being shut out for the first six innings, the Jays finally got on the board thanks to George Springer’s eighth homer, a line hit to left field … Before the game, the Jays called up reliever Julian Merryweather to add some depth all the way to the bullpen, sending catcher Zach Collins to triple-A Buffalo…

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