Ori­oles erupt for 19 hits, take se­ries from Blue Jays

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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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