Orioles erupt for 19 hits, take series from Blue Jays
— The Baltimore Orioles erupted for a season-high 19 hits Sunday in a seriesclinching 11-6 win over Toronto.
The Blue Jays recorded seven hits as both offenses were without star players.
“You realize how potent they are. They were without [Jose] Bautista, we were without Manny [Machado],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter
said. “It’s part of those things that every team has to overcome.”
The Orioles played without Machado for the first time in the last 229 games. Machado served the first of a four-game suspension for charging the mound on and punching Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura after he was struck in the back with a 99 MPH fastball on June 7. He was the only major league player to start all 162 regular-season games last season.
Ryan Flaherty went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored while starting in place of Machado.
“Ryan had a great game. He’s always been able to give us what we need in a time of need,” Showalter said. “He takes it very seri- ously, being there for the team. He’s got over 100 plate appearances because we’re fortunate to be able to move him around and give us some things we need.”
Catcher Matt Wieters expressed a similar confidence in Flaherty.
“[We need to] keep playing, next man up. Flash [Flaherty] has done it for us so many times,” he said. “Everybody has the utmost confidence in him. We’ll welcome Manny back in three games, but until then, we’ve got confidence in whoever goes out there that they can do the job.”
Wieters tied a career high with four hits in front of 30,024 fans that spent a sunny, 87-degree Father’s Day afternoon at Camden Yards. He drove four runs in and scored three, including a two-run home run in the top of the first inning that scored first baseman Chris Davis. Davis had driven in Adam Jones with an RBI single in the previous at bat.
Starter Chris Tillman allowed five hits in as many innings. He surrendered four runs, all coming from a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the second inning.
“Tillman really threw the ball great, expect for the second inning,” Wieters said. “It was a hot one out there, so the ball was going pretty good. He was able to get through that second and then give us five strong.”
After struggling in the second inning, Tillman put the Blue Jays down in order in the third and fourth. He struck out four and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced, while improving to 10-1 on the season and bringing his career-best winning streak to nine games.
“I finished up good. [I had a] little struggle early on, the fastball was a little off, but we finished up well, made some pitches when we needed to,” Tillman said. “The boys picked me up big time today, especially in the bullpen. We came out of here with the win, a big series win.”
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop tallied three hits and three RBI. He homered for a second-straight game, a seventhinning blast that scored Wieters.
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