Pedro Severino and Cedric Mullins dismissed Steven Matz, Anthony Santander went deep as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5
BALTIMORE – Pedro Severino and Cedric Mullins dismissed Steven Matz, Anthony Santander went deep as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5 on Tuesday night.
Toronto scored three home runs, including a No. 28 by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., but they all came off long balls as Baltimore took a 7–1 lead.
Severino put Baltimore in front with a two-run drive in the fourth inning, Mullins’ team-high 16th homer scored a five-run fifth with a man and Matz (7-4) chased.
Santander closed the blast with a two-run blast from Trent Thornton, who landed on Utah Street, not far from the right-field wall at Camden Yards.
Making his first major league debut and second appearance, Orioles right-hander Spencer Watkins (1–0) allowed one run and three hits in five innings. He scored three and scored two to become the first Baltimore starter to win a game since June 8.
The night didn’t start well for Watkins, who ran with leadoff hitter Marcus Semien and hit a single to Bo Bichette before making a run-scoring fly to the left of Guerrero.
By the time Severino moved into fourth, Matz was in control, and Mullins – Baltimore’s only All-Star representative – made it to center 4-1, returning from a trip to the injured list with COVID-19. Since Matz’s second start ended.
Guerrero hit a single shot after Randall Grichuk went deep in the eighth, and Lourdes Guriel Jr. capped the scoring with a two-run drive in the ninth.
The Blue Jays strengthened their relief squad on Tuesday by acquiring minor league right Bowden Francis from RH Trevor Richards and 1B Rowdy Telles from Milwaukee.
“We’re looking to improve our bullpen, so it’s a good move,” said Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo. “I’m going to miss Rowdy, but Trevor Richards is going to help us.”
Toronto’s bullpen has flown 10 this season and saved an ERA of over 4.50 since the beginning of May. Richards, 28, started the year with Tampa Bay before being traded to Milwaukee, where he went 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 appearances.
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Eleven players (including Watkins) have made their major league debuts with the Orioles this season, more than any other team. Manager Brandon Hyde said, “When I replay the game and see the family in the stands, it hits me a little more – what does it mean to all the people who help get them here. ” “It’s a very special moment for them.”
Blue Jays: C Alejandro Kirk has recovered “100 percent” from the hip flexor strain that put him on the DL in May, according to Montoyo, who said the 22-year-old native of Mexico is honing his game in the minors. The harbinger of his return to Jais.
Orioles: LHP John Means, who has been sidelined since June 5 with a shoulder strain, bowled two innings for Single-A Aberdeen in a rehab stint on Sunday. The 2019 All-Star, who threw a no-hitter against Seattle on May 5, will pitch again for Double-A Bowie on Friday. “He (All-Star) is on track to join us after the break,” Hyde said. … RHP Travis Lakins underwent elbow surgery on Tuesday and should be good to go into spring training, Hyde said.
Blue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (7-5, 3.65 ERA) is looking to improve to 3-0 against Baltimore this season, starting Wednesday night. The Orioles will go with Matt Harvey (3-9, 7.34), starting May 1 at 11 at 0-8.
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