Jimenez de­liv­ers strong start, Ori­oles blank Jays

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Ubaldo Jimenez is round­ing into form at the right time for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.

Jimenez and two re­liev­ers com­bined on a three-hit­ter and the Ori­oles beat the Blue Jays 4-0 on Thurs­day night, mov­ing into a tie with Toronto in the AL wild card race with three games re­main­ing.

“(Jimenez) was in com­mand pretty much all night,” Ori­oles catcher Matt Wi­eters said. “In a big game like that, he re­ally kept his emo­tions un­der con­trol like I knew he would. He threw the ball great.”

When he last started at Toronto on June 12, Jimenez al­lowed five runs and six hits in 1/3 of an in­ning, the short­est start of his ca­reer.

“What­ever hap­pened to me in the past, I don’t even think about that,” Jimenez said. “If you get stuck in the past, you’re not go­ing to be able to move on. Whether it’s good or bad, you have to find a way to look for­ward.”

The right-han­der made his re­turn a tri­umphant one, carv­ing up the Blue Jays for 6.2 in­nings. The only hit he al­lowed was Eze­quiel Car­rera’s sin­gle to be­gin the first. Josh Don­ald­son fol­lowed with a walk but Jimenez re­tired the next six batters.

The Ori­oles visit New York for the fi­nal week­end of the sea­son, while the Blue Jays head to Bos­ton to face the AL East cham­pion Red Sox.

Yadier Molina hit a dis­puted dou­ble that drove in the win­ning run with two outs in the ninth in­ning, send­ing St. Louis over Cincin­nati.

Matt Car­pen­ter drew a one-out walk from Blake Wood (6-5). With two outs, Molina’s one-hop hit ap­peared to bounce off a sign above the left-field wall and carom back into play.

Car­pen­ter kept run­ning and scored from first. Reds man­ager Bryan Price ran af­ter the um­pires, who left the field as soon as Car­pen­ter touched the plate.

The Yan­kees were elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention de­spite a win over Bos­ton that com­pleted a three-game sweep of the AL East cham­pi­ons.

New York, which could not over­come a 9-17 start, was in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning when Bal­ti­more’s 4-0 vic­tory at Toronto knocked out the Yan­kees.

KATHY WIL­LENS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bos­ton’s David Or­tiz, left, chats with re­tired Yan­kees’ re­lief pitcher Mar­i­ano Rivera dur­ing a pregame cer­e­mony in New York on Thurs­day.

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