Wednesday night’s win was a sorely needed bright spot to end the Blue Jays’ current home stand. After winning the first two games against Tampa Bay last week with good pitching and defense, Toronto went on to drop their last four games, including two shutouts at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
In his third start since coming off the DL, Brandon Morrow continued to improve and show glimpses of just how good he could have been all season, had be not been sidelined with an oblique strain. After struggling in the second inning, Morrow was able to keep himself and the Jays out of any serious jams. Adam Jones lead-off the second with a solo shot to left and after walking the next two batters, Morrow found his command again and struck out Orioles’ first-baseman Mark Reynolds. Morrow walked the next batter to load the bases with one out. Rookie Manny Machado drove in Baltimore’s second run on a fielder’s choice to second for the second out, and Morrow induced another ground out to end the inning. Although he wasn’t credited for the win, Morrow’s six innings, three hits, one walk and six strikeouts put Toronto in an excellent position to win.
The Jays started their scoring in the bottom of the second when Kelly Johnson doubled home Adam Lind, who had singled to lead-off the inning. Rajai Davis tied the game in the bottom of the third with his seventh homerun of the season. The bulk of Toronto’s scoring happened in the seventh when they managed to string some hits together when in counted, something that has happened very little of late.
Yunel Escobar doubled, followed by a bunt single from Kelly Johnson. After Yorvit Torrealba popped out, Adeiny Hechavarria laid down a perfect bunt that brought Escobar home from third. With only one out, Anthony Gose singled to load the bases, and Davis singled to centre to bring home Johnson and Hechavarria. A throwing error by Oriole’s centre-fielder Adam Jones allowed Gose to score as well.
Toronto’s bullpen closed out the game, with Steve Delabar being the pitcher of record. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth, having not worked since last Friday, and wasn’t as sharp of usual. He walked Jones to start the inning and with two out Reynolds went deep to centre to make the score 6-4. Janssen got Baltimore’s second-baseman Omar Quintanilla to strike out to end the game.
Although a 3-4 home stand isn’t ideal, ending on a winning note, and in the fashion they did, is a positive way to head on the road to Boston to start a three game series over the weekend. J.P. Arencibia will rejoin the team on Friday, returning earlier than expected from a broken throwing hand. Brett Lawrie is also close to returning, although no date has been set yet for his return. Word also came today that Jose Bautista underwent successful surgery on his injured left wrist.
Henderson Alvarez will face Felix Dubront on Friday in Boston. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m.
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Written by Amanda Tallon
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