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Three things: Four hits and one X-ray for Alejandro Kirk in Jays win over Brewers

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Three things you need to know about the Blue Jays’ 9-4 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee on Friday night:

Scare for Kirk

Alejandro Kirk had another huge night at the plate, but it ended in scary fashion.

The star catcher kicked off the Jays’ five-run, second-inning rally with a leadoff single, added a single in the third and yet another in the fifth, then capped his night with a line-drive home run to left field in the seventh.

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But in the bottom of that inning, Kirk was struck on the top of the left hand by the backswing of Brewers centre-fielder (and former Jay) Jonathan Davis.

In obvious pain, Kirk caught a few warm-up pitches from Alek Manoah and stayed in for the rest of the at-bat. But after Davis struck out, Manoah was removed from the game and Kirk went with him. The catcher went for X-rays, which thankfully came back positive.

Old buddy Rowdy

The home team had one big chance to get back in the game after the Jays’ five-spot in the second. Wouldn’t you know it, ex-Jay Rowdy Tellez came to the plate with two on and two out in the third. Tellez, traded to Milwaukee last summer for reliever Trevor Richards, could have changed the game with one swing. But with two strikes, he chased a high fastball and hit a weak grounder to Bo Bichette, playing the shift. The Brewers never threatened again.

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Big night for Biggio

Not only could the Brewers not get Kirk out at the plate, they couldn’t solve Cavan Biggio, either. The Jays’ nine-hitter singled, homered and walked twice in four trips. The home run was his second of the season, both this week. Biggio’s on-base percentage went up to .369, which trails only Kirk’s .406 for the club lead.

Mike Wilner is a Toronto-based baseball columnist for the Star and host of the baseball podcast “Deep Left Field.” Follow him on Twitter: @wilnerness

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