Blue Jays rally to send Orioles to sixth straight loss
Sports Xchange - Wednesday 13th September, 2017
TORONTO -- Richard Urena singled in the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays scored twice in the ninth inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night.
The winning hit came after Luke Maile singled in the tying run against Zach Britton (2-1).
Tim Beckham hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning against Blue Jays starter Joe Biagini after the Orioles, who have lost six straight games, had tied the score in the seventh.
The Blue Jays (68-77) have won the first two games of the three-game series.
Biagini allowed six hits, no walks and two runs. The right-hander struck out two and did not factor in the decision.
Reliever Tim Mayza (1-0) pitched one-third of an inning to get his first big league win.
Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy did not factor in the decision after allowing five hits, one walk and one run while striking out eight in six innings.
The Blue Jays had their first two hitters on base in the sixth after Josh Donaldson blooped a single to center and Justin Smoak walked. Bundy struck out Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales before ending the inning on Kevin Pillar's popup to second.
The Orioles (71-74) tied the score at 1 in the seventh on a one-out double by Trey Mancini and a two-out single by Mark Trumbo.
Mychal Givens replaced Bundy and pitched a perfect seventh.
Biagini, who had pitched seven innings three times this season as the previous longest starts of his career, returned for the eighth and gave up a one-out homer to Beckham, his 21st, on only his 86th pitch of the game.
Baltimore reliever Brad Brach entered the game in the eighth and allowed a leadoff single to left by Urena, who was thrown out by Mancini trying for a double. Donaldson followed with a walk and Smoak singled. Bautista popped out to the catcher in fair territory for the second out and Britton took over from Brach to end the inning by striking out Morales.
Britton walked Pillar to lead off the ninth. Teoscar Hernandez singled to put runners at corners with none out.
Pinch-hitter Darwin Barney's grounder to second against the drawn-in infield forced Hernandez at second while Pillar held third. Maile singled to third to tie the score at 2 and Urena hit the winning single.
The Blue Jays had leadoff hits in each of the first three innings but did not capitalize until the third when Luke Maile singled and scored on a two-out double by Smoak on a drive that eluded the leap at the wall by right fielder Joey Rickard.
NOTES: Blue Jays C Russell Martin (left oblique strain) was activated from the disabled list and could start Wednesday. He went on the disabled list Aug. 12. ... Orioles C Welington Castillo (groin) said he was sore but hoped to play in a few days. He was hit by a foul ball in the first inning Monday and did not return for the second. After being tested at hospital, he is day to day with a contusion. ... Orioles OF Craig Gentry (broken right finger) was activated from the DL after being cleared for use as a pinch runner. ... Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18 ERA) will oppose Baltimore RHP Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99) on Wednesday in the series finale.
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