Baltimore Orioles edge Toronto Blue Jays, snap six-game skid

By Larry Millson, The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 13, 2017 at 11:16 PM
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TORONTO -- The Orioles scored two unearned runs in the first inning, and Kevin Gausman made them stand up by pitching seven strong innings Wednesday night as Baltimore defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1.

The Orioles (72-74) ended a six-game losing streak by salvaging the finale of the three-game series. The Blue Jays (68-77) had their four-game win streak stopped.

Gausman (11-10) allowed six hits, one walk and one run and had six strikeouts. He is 3-0 in six starts against the Blue Jays this season.

Baltimore's Darren O'Day tossed a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts, and Zach Britton overcame a single in the ninth to earn his 14th save of the season.

Toronto starter Marcus Stroman (11-8) allowed six hits, three walks and two unearned runs while striking out seven in six innings. Stroman has not won since Aug. 16, a span of five starts.

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson made an throwing on Tim Beckham's grounder on the first pitch of the game.

With two outs, Blue Jays left fielder Teoscar Hernandez misplayed a fly ball hit by Adam Jones into an RBI double. Trey Mancini followed with an RBI triple to the wall in center field that was poorly played by Kevin Pillar.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the third inning on doubles by Hernandez and Richard Urena, the latter coming on a bloop to left that eluded Mancini. Ryan Goins had a sacrifice bunt between the hits.

The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth on a double by Mancini and walks to Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis. The potential rally ended when Seth Smith struck out and Caleb Joseph grounded to shortstop to start a double play.

NOTES: Toronto INF/OF Steve Pearce (stiff lower back) is improving, but he still needs time to recover from his back issue, manager John Gibbons said. Pearce left the Friday game after the first inning. ... Baltimore LHP Andrew Faulkner cleared waivers Wednesday and was assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Blue Jays SS Richard Urena, LF Teoscar Hernandez and DH Kendrys Morales each extended hitting streaks to six games. ... Toronto LHP Brett Anderson (3-3, 5.90 ERA) will face Minnesota Twins RHP Jose Berrios (12-7, 3.94) Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Target Field. ... Baltimore LHP Wade Miley (8-12, 4.96) will oppose New York RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-11, 4.82) Thursday in the opener of four-game series at Yankee Stadium.

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