The Chicago Cubs held off the Toronto Blue Jays' comeback to win 7-5 and avoid the sweep Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
The visitors took advantage of Mitch White's (1-5) largesse on the mound to take a 6-2 lead after five innings.
Nico Hoerner hurt the most to the Jays' gunner by hitting a two-run double in the third inning, before crossing the plate himself on a single from Rafael Ortega.
Franmil Reyes ended White's working day by sending one of his offerings out of bounds.
Thanks to a long three-run ball in the sixth inning, Alejandro Kirk had reduced the one-point gap, but the Jays were unable to tie the game afterwards.
Cubs manager David Ross called on no less than seven different pitchers to stifle the Toronto attack. Manuel Rodriguez (1-0) was flawless in two sets to add victory to his record.
Gunnar Henderson shines on his debut
Considered one of the best prospects in major league baseball, shortstop Gunnar Henderson did not miss his first impression with the Baltimore Orioles. He hit a long ball in a 4-0 win over the Cleveland Guardians on Wednesday at Progressive Field.
In the top of the fourth inning, on his second turn at bat, the 21-year-old propelled a Triston McKenzie (9-11) offering 429 feet in the air to the right of center field. Henderson also added another free kick late in the game, a single.
Henderson's prowess somewhat eclipsed that of Jordan Lyles (10-9), who offered a start of great quality to visitors. He shut out the Guardians in almost seven innings of work, allowing only four hits.
At Globe Life Field, America's top team, the Houston Astros, completed a two-game sweep of the Texas Rangers by winning 5-3.
After upset by the Baltimore Orioles, who won two of three games in their series over the weekend, the Astros took comfort from their Texan rivals.
Jose Altuve led the charge by scoring two hits and producing that many runs. His double in the second set allowed David Hensley and Mauricio Dubon to cross the plate and restore the lead to his people.
Cristian Javier (8-9) did well in five innings on the mound, passing seven batters in the mitt. He only allowed four hits and three runs.