The Baltimore Orioles came into Rogers Centre to face their American League East Division foes the Toronto Blue Jays in hopes of extending their five game winning streak. This second of four games this series required extra innings but it would be the Blue Jays coming through in the tenth inning on a walk-off home run by Edwin Encarnacion off of O’s reliever Brad Brach to end the game 4-3 and end the O’s winning streak. All five games this season played between these two teams have been decided by one run and two of them have needed extra innings.
In his previous start last Sunday against the Red Sox Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada held a no-hitter until the eighth inning, tonight he no-hit the O’s until the fifth inning. He would earn his second no decision against the O’s this season pitching six innings, giving up three runs on four hits, with four walks and eight strikeouts. Tonight was only the second time Estrada gave up two homers in one game and the 9th time in 12 starts that he has allowed five or less hits. Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders came into this game tonight batting .500 against Baltimore this season (8-for-16 with four doubles and an RBI). He would add on to those stats with a solo home run. Third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Russell Martin recorded an RBI each in the game. Edwin Encarnacion, who had hit nine home runs this season as a designated hitter, hit his 10th of the year on a walk-off homer off reliever Brad Brach to start off the bottom tenth inning.
O’s starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, who came in hoping to get his first win of the season in his first start against Toronto this season, was not able to achieve that goal as he earned a no decision tonight. He pitched six and one-thirds of an inning and gave up four hits, three runs (two earned), walked two and struck out four. He also had a throwing error in the first inning. Gausman records his 7th no decision in 10 starts this season and still has not won since September 30th of last season. After four and one-third innings without a hit O’s second baseman Jonathan Schoop broke up the no-hitter and the shutout with a solo home run. First baseman Chris Davis gave the O’s their first lead of the game in the sixth with a two-run home run; giving him his third consecutive game with a home run.
Blue Jays reliever Drew Storen earned the win improve to 2-1 on the year and O’s reliever Brad Brach suffered his first loss of the season at 5-1. Game three of this four game series will be played tomorrow in the afternoon at 1:00 PM/ET. Starting pitchers will be: Mike Wright (BAL 3-3 5.14 ERA) vs. J.A. Happ (TOR 6-3 3.57 ERA).
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Written by Brendan Keelan
Former High School and College athlete (football, Wesley College).