Orioles 4, Blue Jays 3
After the Baltimore Orioles struck early against R.A. Dickey,
the Toronto Blue Jays spent the rest of the night trying to
overcome the deficit.
Once the game reached the eighth inning, Toronto’s chances of
completing the comeback were all but gone.
Manny Machado had two hits and two RBIs, and Baltimore squeezed
out a 4-3 victory Tuesday night with significant help from its
It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when
leading after seven innings, a streak that began in August
”Obviously, it means that guys are throwing the ball well in
the bullpen, getting put in good opportunities and doing what
they’re supposed to do,” said closer Jim Johnson, who worked the
ninth to earn his eighth save in eight tries.
”Our bullpen hasn’t failed us yet, knock on wood,” Machado
said. ”They do a good job in holding the lead. Once the ninth
inning comes, Jimmy comes out, and you know it’s lights out because
you know he’s going to shut the door for us.”
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the
Orioles, who have won nine of 13. By taking the first two games of
the three-game set, Baltimore improved to 5-2 in seven series this
season – including 4-1 against the AL East.
”We know who we have to beat,” Johnson said.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for the last-place Blue
Jays, who have dropped six of eight. Dickey yielded four runs in
the second inning, and Toronto never got out of the hole.
”We had some chances late. We just couldn’t get that big hit,”
manager John Gibbons said. ”Dickey battled all night long. You
wish you could take away that one inning, but you can’t in this
Dickey (2-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in six
innings. The knuckleballer, who left his previous start with neck
and back pain, did not appear to be in discomfort on the mound. But
he sure looked uncomfortable during the four-run second.
”I’m definitely not 100 percent,” Dickey said. ”I’m giving
everything I can possibly give but it feels like going to battle
with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter. You just don’t have
what you normally have. You feel like what you have is good enough
to keep your team in it. But it’s frustrating because you want to
Dickey was outdone by Gonzalez, who allowed five hits and three
walks. The Orioles right-hander blanked Toronto on three hits
through five innings before staggering through the sixth.
In the eighth, after the Blue Jays put runners at the corners
with two outs against Pedro Strop, Melky Cabrera looked at a third
strike on a 3-2 pitch.
Baltimore did all its scoring while batting around in the
second. Adam Jones led off with a single, Chris Davis singled and
Matt Wieters punched an opposite-field RBI single to left. After
Nolan Reimold added a sacrifice fly, the Orioles loaded the bases
with two outs for Machado, who singled in two runs.
”That second inning was a very quirky inning,” Dickey said.
”Not a lot of hard contact.”
Toronto put runners at first and third with one out in the third
before Munenori Kawasaki bounced into a double play. Baltimore also
turned a double play in the fourth.
Gonzalez was cruising until the sixth, when he got the first two
outs before walking Adam Lind and Jose Bautista. That brought a
visit to the mound by pitching coach Rick Adair, and Encarnacion
drove Gonzalez’s next pitch over the left-field wall. Cabrera
followed with a triple, but Gonzalez escaped further damage by
getting Brett Lawrie to hit a fly ball.
NOTES: Josh Stinson will start for the Orioles on Wednesday
afternoon in the series finale. It will be the second big league
start for Stinson, who previously pitched for the Mets and Brewers.
Claimed on waivers from Oakland on April 4, the right-hander said
in the clubhouse Tuesday, ”This is a great opportunity for me.”
Toronto will start Brandon Morrow (0-2, 5.57 ERA). … Toronto
claimed LHP Aaron Laffey from the Mets. Laffey went 4-6 with the
Blue Jays last season. To make room for Laffey, RHP Ramon Ortiz was
designated for assignment. … Lind was moved to the No. 2 spot in
the Toronto lineup after adding 168 points to his on-base
percentage since April 14. ”We’re just basically looking to change
something up. He’s been getting on base a lot lately,” Gibbons
said. Lind went 1 for 2 with a walk. … Orioles pitching prospect
Dylan Bundy visited Dr. James Andrews to get a second opinion on
his ailing right arm. Bundy has experienced pain in the