A three-run fourth inning was the difference in this one as the Baltimore Orioles avoided a sweep at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 5-3 win on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
Back to back doubles by Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop tied the game, and the Orioles scored two more on a Chris Davis single and Tim Beckham sacrifice fly to open a 3-1 lead the Jays could never come back from.
Toronto made it 3-2 when Yangervis Solarte singled to score Luke Maile in the top of the fifth inning but Baltimore got the run right back in the bottom of the inning on a Schoop single. The teams traded runs again in the sixth inning when Aledmys Diaz hit a homerun off of Kevin Gausman and Chance Sisco singled home Beckham.
The Blue Jays got a base hit from Luke Maile in the ninth inning, but could not get a run across as Brad Brach got the save for the Orioles.
Toronto got off to a quick start, scoring a first inning run off of Gausman. After a Curtis Granderson lead off single and a Justin Smoak fielders choice, Steve Pearce walked and Kevin Pillar singled to score Smoak. They had two runners on base for Randal Grichuk, but he struck out on three pitches.
Marco Estrada struggled for the Blue Jays after a solid start. Estrada allowed only one walk in his first three innings before the Orioles big fourth inning. He left the game in the fifth inning after allowing six hits, four runs and three walks. He struck out five in four innings of work.
The bullpen did a good job for Toronto. Danny Barnes struck out two to get out of the fifth inning after entering the game with the bases loaded. John Axford allowed a run on three hits in the sixth. Seung Hwan Oh and Tyler Clippard also pitched scoreless innings.
Jays of the Day: Barnes (+0.130), Maile (+0.106)
Jays Suckage: Estrada (-0.343), Steve Pearce (-0.114), Curtis Granderson (-0.100)
Up next: The Blue Jays have an off day tomorrow before heading to Cleveland. On Friday, Marcus Stroman (0-1, 8.38) will look to bounce back against Mike Clevinger (1-0, 0.71). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
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