Estrada, Travis avert an Ori­oles sweep

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DAVID GINS­BURG

An er­ror, a three-run homer and Marco Estrada pro­vided the Toronto Blue Jays with a feel-good vic­tory against the Baltimore Ori­oles.

Estrada matched his ca­reer-high with 12 strike­outs, Devon Travis took care of the of­fence and Toronto averted a three­game sweep with a 3-1 Amer­i­can League base­ball win Sun­day.

Travis con­nected in the first in­ning off Wade Mi­ley (1-2) fol­low­ing a two-out er­ror and a sin­gle. Those three un­earned runs turned out to be enough to pro­vide last­place Toronto with its sec­ond vic­tory in nine games against the O’s this sea­son.

“I think it’s huge, es­pe­cially where we’re at,” man­ager John Gib­bons said. “It’s been a tough go.”

Estrada (3-2) al­lowed one run, five hits and a walkover 7 2/3 in­nings.

“Great lineup,” the right-han­der said. “You have to make pitches be­cause any one of them can hit it out, es­pe­cially in this ball­park.”

Estrada is 5-1 against Baltimore, in­clud­ing 1-0 with a 1.33 ERA in three starts this year.

“He’s al­ways pitched so well against this team,” Gib­bons said. “This is maybe the tough­est ball­park to pitch in, es­pe­cially a day game when it’s warm. The ball flies.”

Baltimore’s Adam Jones hit a solo shot in the fourth in­ning, but that was the ex­tent of the dam­age against Estrada.

Joe Smith struck out Chris Davis with two on in the eighth, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his sixth save in nine chances.

Toronto has been try­ing for weeks to re­cover from a 2-11 start. The Blue Jays were start­ing to gather a bit of mo­men­tum be­fore drop­ping a pair of two-run games — the first in ex­tra in­nings — to start this se­ries.

“When you lose the first two games ob­vi­ously you want to stop that,” Estrada said. “You don’t want to get swept any­where. Just to win a ball game, is all.”

Jones went 3 for 4, but the Ori­oles fell to 15-4 at home.

Mi­ley gave up three runs, none of them earned, and six hits over seven in­nings of work. The left-han­der hasn’t won since April 14.

“He gave us a great chance to win to­day,” Ori­oles man­ager Buck Showal­ter said. “We just couldn’t do any­thing against Estrada.”

Baltimore com­mit­ted a sea­son-high three er­rors. The most costly mis­cue was the first-in­ning grounder up the mid­dle botched by sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop, which set up Travis’ drive into the left-field seats.

Af­ter tak­ing Mon­day off, Toronto calls on right-han­der Joe Bi­agini (1-2, 3.41 ERA) in the opener of a two-game se­ries in Mil­wau­kee.


Toronto Blue Jays’ Devon Travis watches his three-run home run sail out of the ball­park against the Baltimore Ori­oles in the first in­ning of Sun­day’s game.

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