Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4
Brett Lawrie was a mess. After receiving a Gatorade bath, he
took a shaving cream pie to the face.
Before all that, Lawrie got two singles and an RBI in his major
league debut to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore
Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.
Lawrie hit a run-scoring single in his first at-bat and singled
in the eighth inning, missing a chance for a second RBI when Colby
Rasmus was thrown out at the plate.
Obtained last winter in a trade with Milwaukee, the 21-year-old
Lawrie is the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays. He made an
error at third base in the second inning, but it was
What mattered was his first major league hit, which sparked a
two-run second inning that enabled Toronto to wipe out an early
deficit. The ball was nestled in Lawrie’s locker, but he wasn’t so
sure because he could barely see and his ears were stuffed with
”It might be somewhere,” he said. ”It might be. I’m still
getting stuff out of my ears.”
With his mother, father and sister in the stands, Lawrie put on
a memorable performance.
”I’m glad I got the first one out of the way,” he said.
Toronto manager John Farrell was ejected in the seventh for
arguing too strongly that Baltimore’s Robert Andino was running in
the baseline on a grounder that resulted in a throwing error by
Toronto pitcher Luis Perez. Replays appeared to support Farrell’s
Although Farrell was forced to watch Lawrie’s second hit on TV,
the manager could appreciate the manner in which the rookie handled
”If there weren’t nerves tonight, he wouldn’t be human,”
Farrell said. ”I’m sure there was some anxiety, some emotion
running high. What was most impressive was how he approached each
and every at-bat.”
Brad Mills (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1-3
innings to earn his second big league win. The first was on June
28, 2010, against Baltimore.
Jon Rauch gave up a two-out RBI double to Nick Markakis in the
ninth but retired Adam Jones on a popup for his 11th save in 16
Despite getting a homer from Jones, the Orioles lost for the
eighth time in 11 games. Baltimore is 3-7 against Toronto this
season and 6-22 versus the Jays since the start of the 2010
Making his first start for Baltimore since being acquired
Saturday in a trade with Texas, right-hander Tommy Hunter (1-2)
gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings. He yielded at
least one hit in every inning and was lifted after using 78 pitches
to get 12 outs.
”I didn’t get ahead, I didn’t finish when I got ahead and when
I got behind, I gave up hits,” Hunter said. ”There’s really no
excuses for it. When they go out and give you two early runs like
that, you’ve got to go out and get a couple goose eggs up there,
and I didn’t do that tonight.”
The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first when Markakis beat out a
grounder and Jones drove a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left. It was
his 19th home run, tying a career-high.
Toronto pulled even in the second. Singles by Edwin Encarnacion
and Aaron Hill preceded Lawrie’s RBI single, a liner up the middle.
Yunel Escobar doubled in a run before Hunter retired Eric Thames on
a hard-hit comebacker.
The hits kept coming in the Blue Jays third. Jose Bautista
singled and Encarnacion was hit by a pitch before Rasmus delivered
an RBI single and Hill followed with a run-scoring grounder.
Mills was cruising until the sixth, when he issued two straight
one-out walks. The runners moved up on a passed ball, and a run
scored when Lawrie couldn’t handle Matt Wieters’ hot smash to
third. The single chased Mills, and Perez retired Nolan Reimold and
Josh Bell to keep it at 4-3.
Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth before the Orioles cut
down two straight runners at the plate.
NOTES: The Orioles are expected to place RHP Jake Arrieta
(elbow) on the 15-day DL on Saturday so they can recall RHP Chris
Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start against Toronto. Tillman
(2-4) was in the Baltimore clubhouse on Friday. … Toronto will
start RHP Brandon Morrow, who has allowed no more than three earned
runs in 13 of his 19 starts, on Saturday. … The Orioles will give
away Brian Matusz bobbleheads on Saturday. Matusz was optioned to
Norfolk on June 30 and remains there, trying to regain the velocity
on his fastball after missing the first two months of the season
with a ribcage injury. … Baltimore 1B Chris Davis was a late
scratch with a sore right shoulder.