Jays suffer rare rout as Orioles win 10-2
Sep. 05, 2015
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays experienced something Friday night that hadn't happened to them in exactly two months: a blowout loss.
Chris Davis hit two home runs to take the major league lead with 40, Matt Wieters and Adam Jones both connected and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 10-2.
The Blue Jays lost by more than three runs for the first time since an 8-3 defeat at Detroit on July 4. The winning pitcher for the Tigers that day was left-hander David Price, who was traded to Toronto on July 30.
"It's a foreign feeling," catcher Russell Martin said of the lopsided loss. "Definitely not used to it right now."
Toronto's lead atop the AL East shrank to one-half game as the second-place New York Yankees beat Tampa Bay 5-2.
Ubaldo Jimenez (10-9) pitched 5 2-3 innings for the victory as the Orioles won consecutive games for the first time since beating Oakland on Aug. 16-17.
Davis opened the scoring by leading off the second inning with a second-deck drive to right, then broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run shot in the sixth. Both homers came off Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison.
"The last thing you want is for that guy to hit the ball in the air," Martin said of Davis. "He's so strong."
Hutchison (13-3) allowed six runs and nine hits in five-plus innings, losing at home for the second time in 15 starts this season. The right-hander, 4-0 in his previous four home outings, hadn't lost at Rogers Centre since May 20, against the Los Angeles Angels.
"He got hit around," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
The home runs were the 39th and 40th of the season for Davis, moving him past Seattle's Nelson Cruz. Davis, who hit 53 homers in 2013, is the first player in Orioles history to hit 40 or more in multiple seasons. He called it "a humbling feeling" to reach the mark.
"There's a lot of great players who have come through Baltimore," manager Buck Showalter said. "That's quite a feat. That's impressive."
It was the sixth multihomer game this season for Davis and the 13th of his career. He hit two home runs against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, including a game-winning blast in the 11th inning.
Luke Scott was the last Baltimore player with consecutive multihomer games, doing it against Detroit on May 28 and 29, 2009.
Wieters followed Davis' second homer with a drive of his own. It was the fourth time this season Baltimore has hit back-to-back homers and Davis has been involved each time.
Blue Jays left fielder Ben Revere leaped to try and catch Wieters' drive but instead pushed the ball over the wall.
"It's been a while since I hit one so I'll take any help I can get right now," said Wieters, whose last homer was Aug. 7.
Including the two homers, Baltimore recorded six straight hits to start the sixth.
"They've got a powerful lineup over there," Gibbons said. "If you don't pitch well against them, they can pound you."
Josh Donaldson hit a sacrifice fly for Toronto, boosting his ML-leading RBI total to 112.
Orioles outfielder Gerardo Parra hit a two-run double off Bo Schultz in the eighth. Jones, who had been hit by a pitch from Ryan Tepera in his previous at-bat, followed with a two-run homer, his 25th.
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION
Donaldson's 112 RBIs are the most ever by a Blue Jay in his first season with the team. Paul Molitor drove in 111 runs for Toronto in 1993.
Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (left knee) returned to Toronto to throw a bullpen session. Stroman, who pitched 4 2-3 hitless innings at Class-A Lansing on Wednesday, will start at Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Gibbons said Toronto could use Stroman in a six-man rotation down the stretch.
Orioles: RHP Mike Wright (2-3, 4.99 ERA) was activated off the 15-day DL on Friday to start Saturday in place of RHP Miguel Gonzalez, who was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday with shoulder tendinitis. Showalter said Wright will be limited to around 60 pitches. It will be Wright's first start since June 19, when he allowed four runs and walked four in 1 1-3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Toronto.
Blue Jays: Price (13-5, 2.47 ERA) looks to rebound from his first loss in six starts with Toronto and his first defeat in 12 career starts at Rogers Centre, where he's 8-1. Price allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings against Cleveland on Monday.