Final Score: Toronto 8, Baltimore 6
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brett Lawrie had three hits, knocked in three
runs and scored three times, as Toronto held off Baltimore, 8-6, at Rogers
Rajai Davis also had three hits and knocked in a pair for the Blue Jays, who
nearly blew a seven-run lead, but have won two straight following a five-game
skid. They'll go for the three-game sweep Wednesday.
Ricky Romero (6-1) gave up six hits and four runs while fanning seven batters
over six innings. Jason Frasor escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by
inducing a ground ball from Ronny Paulino. Francisco Cordero also worked out
of trouble in the eighth.
"I think, most importantly, was Ricky's ability to continue to go out, put up
zeros when we scored," said Toronto manager John Farrell. "Yeah, they did chip
away at him for three runs in his final inning of work, but I thought overall
a very good step in the right direction for Ricky tonight."
Adam Jones extended his career-high hit streak to 20 games with a solo homer
in the second inning and tacked on a two-run blast in the ninth off Casey
Janssen. Chris Davis added three hits, including a two-run shot, but Baltimore
lost its season-high fourth straight contest.
Jake Arrieta (2-6) yielded six hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over 4 1/3
innings and dropped his fourth straight decision. He said one of his pitches
in particular is giving him trouble.
"I'm allowing them to put decent swings on the ball with elevated fastballs,"
Jones homered with J.J. Hardy aboard with one out in the ninth. Paulino then
hit a liner to center, which was misjudged by Colby Rasmus, and the ball went
over his head. Mark Reynolds walked, but Lawrie made a diving catch in foul
territory on a ball hit by Chris Davis. Wilson Betemit's bouncer up the middle
resulted in a game-ending force out at second.
Jones led off the second with his 15th homer of the season, a blast to right.
The Blue Jays, though, took control by scoring eight times between the third
and fifth innings. The Orioles aided the cause with some shoddy fielding.
Consecutive singles from Lawrie and David Cooper to begin the third was
followed by Rajai Davis' bunt toward third base. Arrieta's throw was wide of
first and the ball sailed down the right-field line, tying the game. Cooper
came home on Yunel Escobar's groundout.
Lawrie's one-hop double off the wall in right plated two runners in the next
inning. Jones then dropped a fly ball in short center off the bat of Cooper.
Betemit made another miscue on the next batter. Rajai Davis singled to left,
and Betemit booted the ball, causing Lawrie to score on the play.
Lawrie, Cooper and Rajai Davis had consecutive RBI singles in the fifth for an
8-1 margin before the Orioles got three back the following inning, two on
Chris Davis' ninth homer of the year, a shot to left.
The O's put two runners in scoring position in the eighth, but Cordero
fanned Robert Andino to end the inning.
The Orioles reinstated Endy Chavez from the 15-day disabled list. Chavez, who
had been on the DL retroactive to May 9, was out with a left oblique
strain...The Orioles also selected the contract of right-hander Miguel
Gonzalez from Triple-A Norfolk and also optioned pitcher Tommy Hunter and
outfielder Xavier Avery to Norfolk. Gonzalez, who made his major league
debut, allowed four hits and fanned five over 3 1/3 innings...Seemingly upset
at the strike zone, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was ejected by home plate
umpire Doug Eddings in the fifth inning...Romero, who upped his record to
7-3 lifetime against the Orioles, moved to 5-0 at home this year...The
hit streak by Jones is the longest for an Oriole since 2005 when Brian Roberts
hit in 20 straight.
05/30 01:59:55 ET
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