Orioles 5, Blue Jays 3
Mark Reynolds is known for his home runs and strikeouts. Until
Saturday night, he’s also been known for his futility with the
With the bases full, Reynolds was 6 for 52 – with 26 strikeouts
– and no homers in 2,165 at-bats. With the Baltimore Orioles
trailing by two runs in the sixth and with the bases jammed,
Reynolds hit the first pitch from Ricky Romero into the left-center
field stands, helping the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays
Reynolds’ big hit made a winner out of Jake Arrieta, who pitched
six solid innings and gave up three runs.
”Obviously that’s the best result possible, but I’m just trying
to get a pitch to hit,” Reynolds said.
”With the way I’ve been swinging the bat, I’ve been struggling
a little bit and I was trying to barrel the ball. The home run was
The major leagues’ single-season strikeout leader, Reynolds, who
struck out more than 200 times the last three years with Arizona,
is still batting just .189 with 58 strikeouts this season. The home
run was his eighth of the season.
”It wasn’t relief,” Reynolds said. ”I was more happy for
getting Arrieta off the hook and giving us the lead.”
Romero (5-5) lost for the first time in his last five starts. He
held the Orioles, who had lost six of seven, to a run and six hits
through five innings. The missed cut fastball to Reynolds ruined
”You can have your best stuff out there and it can still work
against you. One pitch can cost you the game,” Romero said.
Arrieta (7-3), allowed three runs on five hits, walking four and
striking out one. While his line didn’t look impressive, he got
better as he went along – retiring his last seven batters.
”My outing – it was pretty ugly – to be honest with you,”
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect seventh. Koji Uehara allowed a hit
and then struck out the side in the eighth. Kevin Gregg allowed two
hits in the ninth, but retired the final two batters for his 10th
save in 13 chances.
Vladimir Guerrero singled to lead off the sixth. Derrek Lee and
Matt Wieters singled to load the bases. J.J. Hardy bounced to
third, and Guerrero was forced at the plate. Reynolds then
”That’s a big swing,” Toronto manager John Farrell said.
Arrieta fell behind quickly. The game’s second batter – Corey
Patterson hit an 0-2 pitch over the right field scoreboard for a
1-0 lead. It was Patterson’s fifth of the year. He had three
In the second, Rajai Davis’ sacrifice fly scored Juan Rivera for
the second Toronto run.
Baltimore scored in the second when Hardy’s infield out scored
Arrieta escaped from a bases-loaded, none out jam when Rivera
grounded into a rare 5-2-3 double play and J.P. Arrencibia flied to
In the fourth, Davis, who had three hits on Friday night,
reached on a fielder’s choice. He stole second and third, and
scored on Mike McCoy’s RBI single.
Romero pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits. He
struck out five and walked three.
NOTES: Baltimore reactivated Lee from the 15-day disabled list
and optioned LHP Pedro Viola to Double A-Bowie. Lee, whose rehab
assignment to Bowie, lasted just one game, was 2 for 4 with two
runs scored. ”I didn’t feel any pain, woke up today fine and they
brought me back,” Lee said. Manager Buck Showalter joked about the
6-foot-5 Lee, ”He’s probably the biggest leadoff hitter in the
Eastern League,” Showalter said. …. Orioles 2B Brian Roberts,
who’s been on the DL with a concussion since May 17, will fly to
Pittsburgh on Tuesday for a reexamination, Showalter said. …
Toronto 2B Adam Lind was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game
after missing nearly four weeks with back stiffness. Lind said he
was frightened when he was in the doctor’s office. ”No mom, no dad
in the room, no wife. You’re just sitting there all alone.” …
Baltimore OF Nick Markakis has a hit in 159 straight series – the
most since Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki hit in 160 consecutive series.
… The Orioles and Blue Jays have split the first two games of the
three-game series. The previous eight series between the teams were