After the Blue Jays and Orioles split the first two games they were both looking to pick up a series win. Every win is gaining more and more importance with the race in the AL East. To try and pick up another key win the Blue Jays sent out Marco Estrada. Marco has been pitching fairly well lately but is looking to pick up his first win since August 22nd. The Orioles sent out 9-10 Chriss Tillman to the mound. Chris has not had a good year versus the Blue Jays this year. This is his 4th start and has been roughed up going only 12.1 innings over those starts and giving up 18 runs for a massive 13.39 ERA.
The Orioles had a bit of a threat brewing in the 1st inning. Manny Machado drew a lead off walk. Gerardo Parra hit a fly ball for the first out. Manny Machado was able to advance to 2nd base on a throwing error by Dioner Navarro. Adam Jones struck out for a key 2nd out of the frame. Chris Davis was intentionally walked to put two runners on base with two outs. Jonathan Schoop struck out to end the threat.
The Blue Jays responded with a quick attack of their own. Ben Revere led off the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 1st with a single to left field. Josh Donaldson blasted a double into the left field corner to score Revere from 1st base. Jose Bautista followed that up with a two run home run to deep left field. Edwin Encarnacion hit a single to left center field to put another runner on base with no outs. Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Colabello both struck out for 2 quick outs. Dioner Navarro ground out to end the inning.
In the top of the 3rd inning the Orioles drew back to back walks to lead off the inning by Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty. Gerardo Parra flew out for the 1st out of the inning. Marco Estrada was able to induce a key ground ball by Adam Jones that was turned for an inning ending double play.
Jose Bautista led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a walk. With one out Troy Tulowitzki hit a two run home run to left field.
To lead off the bottom of the 4th inning Kevin Pillar blasted his 10th home run to left center field. That marked the end of the afternoon for Chris Tillman. Steve Johnson entered the game to try and chew up a few innings.
With one out in the top of the 5th inning Nolan Reimold reached base on an infield single. That was the Orioles first hit of the game. Ryan Flaherty followed that up with a two run home run to deep right field. Marco was able to pitch out of the inning getting pop ups from both Manny Machado and Gerardo Parra.
In the bottom of the 5th inning Chris Colabello hit a two out single to right field. Dioner Navarro slashed a double down the right field foul line to put two runners in scoring position. Brian Matusz came into to pitch against Ryan Goins and got him to strike out.
LaTroy Hawkins entered the game to pitch the 6th inning for the Blue Jays. Adam Jones led off the inning with a single just to left center field. Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop both popped up in the infield for two quick outs. Jimmy Paredes hit a double to left field scoring Jones from 1st base who was running on contact. Jimmy Paredes stole 3rd base uncontested to move 90 feet from scoring. Steve Clevenger drew a two out walk to put runners on 1st and 3rd with two outs. Nolan Reimold ground out to end the inning.
Chaz Roe came in the game to pitch the 6th inning for the Orioles. Kevin Pillar drew a lead off walk then promptly stole 2nd base. Ben Revere dropped a perfect bunt down for an infield single. Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly to score Pillar from 3rd base. With one out Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion hit back to back doubles. Brad Brach came into pitch for the Orioles to try and close out the inning. Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Colabello hit back to back ground ball outs to end the inning.
Liam Hendriks came into the game to pitch the 7th inning for the Blue Jays and retired the side in order.
The Orioles sent out their 6th pitcher of the day as Jason Garcia came in to pitch the 7th inning. He was able to pick up a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Oliver Drake came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Orioles. Ben Revere led off with a single to center field. Josh Donaldson hit a single to advance Revere to 3rd base. Ezequiel Carrera pinch hit for Jose Bautista and hit a sacrifice fly to left field. No more damage was done but it marked the 10th run for the Blue Jays.
Mark Lowe came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Blue Jays. He gave up a one out double to Chris Davis but stranded him in a scoreless 8th inning.
Roberto Osuna came in to pitch a none save situation in the 9th inning. Nolan Reimold hit a one out solo home run to cut into the lead. That didn’t matter as Roberto was able to pitch out of the inning and close out the game.
- Ryan Goins started up a new hit streak today. He picked up a single to get a new 2 game hit streak going.
- Josh Donaldson continue to mash the ball. Today he picked up 2 H, 2 RBI, and 1 R.
- Jose Bautista went long again today. He had a great day at the plate picking up 2 H, 3 RBI, 3 R, and HR #33 of the season.
- Dioner Navarro had a solid game behind the plate and standing next to it. He did have a throwing error but the error did not cost a run. He called a great game for Marco and company to limit the Orioles to only 4 runs. He also picked up a single and a double for a productive day all around.
- LaTroy Hawkins made his career 1037th appearance which is good for 10th all time.
- Troy Tulowitzki is starting to show signs of life over the last 2 weeks at the plate. We all can see how well he plays the field but it’s nice to see him start to hit the ball as well. Today he picked up a two run home run in the 3rd inning.