Jansen’s monster night leads Blue Jays to dominant victory over Cardinals

Danny Jansen hit a home run for three runs and a solo shot, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep, with the Toronto Blue Jays beating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1 in St. Louis on Tuesday night.

Kevin Gausman (4-3) threw six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He gave up four hits, beating the Cardinals for the first time in eight appearances.

Toronto split the two-game series, ending the Cardinals’ winning streak at four.

Jordan Hicks (1-4) threw three-plus innings in his first career start against the Blue Jays. He gave up four runs on four hits with five walks.

Alejandro Kirk led off the fourth with a single and Matt Chapman walked before Jansen hit a 3-2 slider by Hicks from the foul-post to the left to make it 4-0.

Jansen started the seventh with an estimated 427-foot blast for his fifth homer this season and third multi-homer game of his career.

The Blue Jays added three runs in the sixth. George Springer hit a sinking line drive to right field for a triple to score Raimel Tapia and chase reliever Nick Wittgren. A sacrifice fly drove Springer home.

Guerrero then greeted reliever Drew VerHagen with a homer to the left. He had singled in the first inning to score an 0-for-14 drought.

Rookie Brendan Donovan had an RBI single in the seventh for the Cardinals.

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