American League Game Summary - Baltimore at Toronto|
(Tuesday, September 4th)
Final Score: Baltimore 12, Toronto 0
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - With just under a month remaining in the
season, the inexperienced Baltimore Orioles have not shown any signs of fear
of a September playoff race.
On Tuesday, the Orioles shut out the Toronto Blue Jays for the second straight
day in a 12-0 win and picked up their fifth victory in their last six games
to tie the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.
Zach Britton (5-1) tossed another stellar outing for the O's. He scattered
four hits and a pair of walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings to win
his fourth straight start.
Over that span, Britton has pitched to a 0.96 earned run average with 29
strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.
"I'm starting to get a better feel for all my pitches," Britton said. "I'm
just trying to be as aggressive as possible."
Mark Reynolds blasted a three-run home run, his fifth in his last five games,
and knocked in four runs in the second installment of this three-game set.
Carlos Villanueva (7-5) received the loss for the fifth time in his last six
decisions. He gave up a season-high six runs on seven hits.
"They capitalized on elevated pitches inside the strike zone," Blue Jays
manager John Farrell said of the Orioles against Villanueva, who lasted 6 2/3
After the Blue Jays picked up all four of their hits over the first four
innings and could not score, the Orioles went ahead.
Adam Jones led off the fifth with a ground-rule double. Following a Chris
Davis walk, Reynolds crushed a towering three-run home run to left field.
Nick Markakis singled, moved to third on J.J. Hardy's double and scored on
Nate McLouth's fly ball to center field in the sixth to expand the lead to
Baltimore tacked on three more runs in the seventh. Davis opened the frame
with a base hit before Manny Machado ripped a double. Robert Andino scored
Davis and moved Machado to third with a fly ball. Machado then came home on
Aaron Loup's balk.
Markakis followed the balk with a double then scored when Hardy singled to
open up a seven-run lead.
The Orioles poured on five more runs in the eighth inning. Jones and Matt
Wieters singled to start the inning and Davis drove in a run with a double.
Chad Beck replaced Loup but gave up back-to-back base hits to Reynolds and
Machado to score two more. Two batters later, Markakis ripped a ground-rule
double and, after Beck committed an error, McLouth singled home Machado to cap
Kevin Gregg pitched a perfect eighth and Zach Phillips retired the Jays in
order in the ninth to seal the victory.
Baltimore picked up 18 hits ... Toronto has lost nine of its last 12 games at
Rogers Centre ... The Blue Jays have lost four straight games ... Markakis,
who went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored, improved
to .350 with 15 doubles, five home runs, 33 runs and 28 RBI in 50 games since
moving to the leadoff spot ... Baltimore went 7-for-14 with runners in scoring
position and stranded six ... Toronto went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring
position and left six on base.
09/05 01:47:32 ET