Jays take series finale against Orioles
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[September 01, 2016]
BALTIMORE -- Jose Bautista and
Russell Martin each hit first-inning homers to give Toronto a lead
it never lost and the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-3
on Wednesday night.
The victory gave Toronto (76-57) the win in the crucial three-game
series, as the Blue Jays took two games while pushing the Orioles
(72-61) four games behind in the American League East.
Toronto also remained two games in front of Boston, which won
earlier in the day. The Orioles fell back into a tie with Detroit
for the second wild-card spot as the Tigers (72-61) also won.
Bautista led off the game with a homer and Martin added a two-run
shot later in the inning to give the Jays a 3-0 lead after just five
Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez (13-2) allowed one unearned run and
five hits in six innings after being recalled from Class A Dunedin
as the Jays were trying to limit his innings. This was the
right-hander's first start since an Aug. 20 no-decision at
The Jays also got an RBI double from Devon Travis in the seventh
plus a solo homer by Michael Saunders an inning later, his second
home run in two nights.
Baltimore starter Yovani Gallardo (4-7) could not overcome the
two-homer, three-run first inning. He allowed only three hits and no
more runs in his last five innings, but the early runs proved too
Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the ninth that pulled the
Orioles within two, but they got no closer.
The Orioles also completed a trade late in the game, acquiring
outfielder Michael Bourn from Arizona in exchange for minor-league
outfielder Jason Heinrich.
Baltimore will move Joey Rickard to the 60-day disabled list -- he
went on with a thumb injury July 22 (retroactive to one day
earlier)-- to make room on the 40-man roster.
Toronto used its power to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first while
forcing Gallardo to throw 26 pitches.
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Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez (41) throws a pitch in the first
inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Bautista homered to left center on the first pitch of the game.
Later in the inning, Martin added his two-out, two-run shot to right
that gave the Jays the early three-run lead.
The Orioles didn't do much in the early innings before breaking out
a bit in the fifth. Hyun Soo Kim and Schoop hit back-to-back two-out
singles before third baseman Josh Donaldson's error on Manny
Machado's soft grounder brought in a run.
NOTES: Baltimore acquired OF Drew Stubbs off waivers from the Texas
Rangers. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said before the game
that Stubbs is scheduled to join the team Friday. Stubbs gives the
Orioles some needed outfield depth and speed. ... The Blue Jays
placed INF Darwin Barney on the family medical emergency list and
recalled INF Ryan Goins from Triple-A Buffalo. ... The Orioles dealt
LHP Zach Phillips to the Pittsburgh Pirates for LHP Kyle Lobstein,
when they immediately designated for assignment. Baltimore also
designated LHP Ashur Tolliver for assignment. ... To open the roster
spot for RHP Aaron Sanchez, who was recalled from the minors for the
start Wednesday, the Jays optioned RHP Bo Schultz back to Triple-A
Buffalo after recalling him Saturday.
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