Tellez slam helps Blue Jays beat Orioles

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - David GINS­BURG

BAL­TI­MORE — Rowdy Tellez hit a grand slam to cap a six-run fifth in­ning, Vladimir Guer­rero Jr. had three hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Bal­ti­more Orioles 8-6 Wed­nes­day night to end a five-game los­ing streak.

Lour­des Gur­riel Jr. had two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who matched their run to­tal from the pre­vi­ous five games com­bined.

Toronto sent nine bat­ters to the plate in the fifth, scor­ing on an in­field single and a wild pitch be­fore Tellez sent a 2-2 pitch from Miguel Cas­tro over the right-field score­board. It was the sec­ond grand slam of the sea­son for the rookie, who had gone hit­less in his pre­vi­ous 11 at-bats.

Trey Mancini home­red for the Orioles, who won the se­ries opener and were try­ing to put to­gether back-to-back vic­to­ries for the first time since May 4-6.

Bal­ti­more used a four-run eighth to cut into an 8-2 deficit but could not com­plete the come­back.

Pitch­ing in his 400th ca­reer game, Ed­win Jack­son (1-4) al­lowed two runs in five in­nings of re­lief for Toronto. The 35-year-old was ini­tially listed as the starter, but man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo switched to opener Derek Law so the strug­gling Jack­son could avoid fac­ing the top of the Bal­ti­more bat­ting order at the out­set.

Law pitched a score­less first in­ning be­fore giv­ing way to Jack­son, who came in with an 11.90 ERA over five starts.

Daniel Hud­son quelled Bal­ti­more’s upris­ing in the eighth and earned his first save by getting three straight outs af­ter the Orioles put run­ners on sec­ond and third.

Bal­ti­more starter David Hess (1-9) gave up four runs and five hits in four-plus in­nings. He’s win­less in 12 starts since beat­ing Toronto on April 1.

The game drew 11,153 fans, many of whom de­parted af­ter it started to rain in the sev­enth.

Bal­ti­more’s ma­jor league-worst home record fell to 9-24. Toronto ended a se­v­engame road skid and im­proved the AL’s sec­ond-worst road record to 12-21.

Trainer’s room Blue Jays:

Toronto closer Ken Giles (1-1, 1.08 ERA, 11 saves) was placed on the 10day in­jured list, retroac­tive to June 9, with el­bow in­flam­ma­tion. Mon­toyo ex­pects the right-han­der’s stint on the IL to be a short one.

Orioles:

Man­ager Bran­don Hyde said the de­ci­sion to shut down RHP Alex Cobb for sea­son-end­ing hip surgery did not come abruptly. “I knew it was a possibilit­y. Ob­vi­ously we want what’s best for Alex, and we want Alex healthy,” said Hyde, who ex­pects Cobb to be ready for spring train­ing.

The Blue Jays filled Giles’ ros­ter spot by pur­chas­ing the con­tract of right-handed re­liever Jor­dan Ro­mano from Triple-A Buf­falo. Ro­mano pitched a score­less sev­enth in­ning to be­come the 28th Cana­dian-born player in Blue Jays his­tory and 13th to make his ma­jor league de­but with Toronto.

Up next Blue Jays:

Mar­cus Stro­man (3-8, 3.31 ERA) makes his 15th start of the sea­son in the se­ries fi­nale. He is 4-5 life­time vs. Bal­ti­more.

Gabriel Ynoa (0-2, 4.96) re­sumes his quest to earn his first win since Sept. 21, 2017. The right-han­der has never faced Toronto.

Orioles:

AP PHOTO

Toronto Blue Jays player Rowdy Tellez fol­lows through on a grand slam against the Bal­ti­more Orioles dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a game on Wed­nes­day in Bal­ti­more.

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