Botched Blue Jays beaten by Orioles 7-3


TORONTO – The Baltimore Orioles conceded three runs on a sloppy defense and a bad pitch from the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth inning to win Game 1 of the series 7-3 on Monday.

The victory was the ninth in 13 games for the Orioles (60-55), while the Blue Jays (61-53) continued to stumble with two wins in nine outings.

Toronto trailed 3-0 but rallied for two runs in the third inning on a two-run single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. before 26,769 at Rogers Center.

Toronto starter Yusei Kikuchi (4-7) struck out Austin Hays to start the fourth. But the next batter, Jorge Mateo, reached base on a pitching error by Bo Bichette.

Mateo moved to second when Baltimore’s Terrin Vavra walked and advanced to third after Kikuchi’s throwing error on an out attempt at second base.

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A hard smash to Bichette unbalanced the Blue Jays shortstop, and his home throw to bring Mateo back was late.

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A double from Ryan McKenna wide at left center scored two more for the Orioles’ four-point lead.

An Anthony Santander RBI single in the first frame and a two-run blast off Ryan Mountcastle’s second deck in the third inning gave the Orioles an early lead.

Baltimore scored another in the fifth on a Vavra sacrifice fly. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who saw his 22-game hitting streak end on Sunday, responded with his team-leading 24th home run with one out in fifth.

Kikuchi was only good for 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs (three unearned) on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

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George Springer returned to the Blue Jays roster after 10 days on the injured list with a right elbow injury. He was the designated hitter, with a double down the left field line in the third inning, a hit in the seventh and a walk in the ninth.

With Springer returning to his No. 1 spot, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. moved from first to third in the batting order.

Gurriel had two more hits. He reached base safely in 38 of 44 games, going 61 for 171 (.357) for the best average at the majors since early June.

Gurriel’s .310 batting average is third in the American League behind Minnesota’s Luis Arraez (.333) and Cleveland’s Andres Gimenez (.312).

The Blue Jays have designated outfielder Bradley Zimmer to make room for Springer.

Baltimore starter Kyle Bradish went 4 2/3 innings, getting three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Reliever Bryan Baker (4-3) picked up the win.

TORONTO TSUTSUGO EYES

Toronto interim manager John Schneider has confirmed that the Blue Jays are close to signing Yoshi Tsutsugo to a minor league contract. The outfielder/first baseman was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week.

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Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah (12-5) takes on right-hander Dean Kremer (4-4) in Game 2 of a three-game series against Baltimore on Tuesday. Manoah is 1-0 in two starts with no decision against the Orioles in 2022, and 2-0 in five career starts.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 15, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press




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