Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
It’s tough enough these days for the Baltimore Orioles to get 27
outs in a winning effort.
Getting 28 outs and a victory proved far too difficult a task
Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jose Bautista and Alex Gonzalez hit consecutive homers in the
eighth inning after a two-out error by Miguel Tejada, and the Blue
Jays beat the Orioles 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.
Kevin Millwood (0-1) took a three-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the
eighth. The right-hander retired the first two batters before
Tejada – a career shortstop now playing third base – misplayed a
sharp grounder by John McDonald.
“I wish I could catch that ball. I tried my best,” Tejada
Bautista then hit a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats to put
Toronto ahead for the first time. Gonzalez followed with his second
homer of the game, a drive inside the foul pole in left.
“When things aren’t going right for you and you give the other
club a four-out inning, that’s what happens,” Orioles manager Dave
It was the first error of the season for Tejada, who has worked
hard to make the transition to the hot corner.
“Even (Evan) Longoria, a Gold Glove last year, can make an
error. That’s an error anybody can make,” he said.
Tejada did, however, feel bad for Millwood.
“He pitched a great game. I’m really sorry what just
happened,” Tejada said. “I wish I could catch the ball and he
could win the game. But what can I do?”
It was Millwood’s second start since coming to the Orioles in an
offseason trade with Texas. Before Tejada’s error, the only runners
to reach were Gonzalez, who homered leading off the fourth, and
McDonald, who singled twice and finished with three hits.
“Kevin was pitching great,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said.
“He kept our guys off balance most of the day. We just got an
extra out. Sometimes you give an extra out to your opponent and it
comes back to bite you. That happened to him today.”
Edwin Encarnacion made it 5-2 with a ninth-inning shot off Cla
Baltimore is 1-5 this season, mainly because of its inability to
hold a late lead. The Orioles have allowed runs in the eighth or
ninth inning of every game, and 11 of the 27 runs they’ve yielded
overall have come in the final two innings.
That – combined with the fact that Toronto has scored 12 of its
29 runs in the eighth and ninth – explains why the Blue Jays
celebrated their first sweep in Baltimore since August 2004.
“I think we have to give most of the credit to the pitching
staff. They keep us in games,” Bautista said. “They’ve given us a
chance to do these type of things when the situations come
Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched the seventh after Toronto starter
Shaun Marcum gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings.
Kevin Gregg got three outs for his second save.
Baltimore scored all its runs in the first inning. Tejada hit an
RBI double and Luke Scott followed with a run-scoring grounder.
After wasting a leadoff triple by Adam Jones in the third, the
Orioles got only one runner past first base the rest of the
NOTES: Toronto has won five straight. … Baltimore reliever
Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 25 pitches off the mound in Sarasota,
Fla., as part of his effort to return from the 15-day disabled
list. … Gonzalez has four homers and at least one hit in all six
games this season (9 for 26). … Orioles 2B Brian Roberts
(abdominal strain) missed a second straight game and probably will
be placed on the DL on Monday.