Tellez homers twice as Blue Jays top Orioles

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports - Melissa COUTO

TORONTO — Ja­cob Wagues­pack didn’t have his best stuff Wed­nes­day night.

It didn’t mat­ter. Wagues­pack pitched six score­less in­nings, putting up a much­needed qual­ity start af­ter back-to­back days of stren­u­ous work from the Toronto bullpen, and the Blue Jays beat the Bal­ti­more Orioles 3-2.

“I’m pleased that I could go get outs and still give our team a chance to win – that was my goal go­ing in,” said the rookie righthande­r, who threw at least six shutout in­nings for the third time this sea­son.

“Our bullpen has been taxed and ex­hausted over the last cou­ple days so I re­ally wanted to go out and give our team a chance to win and save our bullpen.”

Man­ager Char­lie Mon­toyo had used 10 pitch­ers in Mon­day’s 15-in­ning game and eight Tues­day af­ter sched­uled starter An­thony Kay was scratched late due to back pain.

Wagues­pack (5-5) was ef­fi­cient in his six in­nings Wed­nes­day night, scat­ter­ing just four hits with a pair of walks and five strike­outs. He threw 78 pitches, 45 for strikes.

“It was a gutsy per­for­mance be­cause he didn’t have good stuff,” Mon­toyo said of his starter.

“He was throw­ing 89, 88, but his sec­ondary stuff was good so that’s how he found a way to go six in­nings, which is what we needed. “He was out­stand­ing.” Rowdy Tellez pro­vided most of Toronto’s of­fence with homers in back-to-back plate ap­pear­ances to reach 21 on the sea­son.

Tellez hit his 20th in the fourth in­ning off Bal­ti­more starter Gabriel Ynoa (1-10) to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead, then went deep again off re­liever Paul Fry in the sixth for his third ca­reer mul­ti­homer game.

“It’s pretty spe­cial, one of those things peo­ple dream of and work hard to do,” Tellez said of reach­ing the 20-homer mark in a sea­son.

“But I couldn’t be more grate­ful to be in the po­si­tion I am with the or­ga­ni­za­tion I’m with and just every­body’s that’s got me to this point.”

Mon­toyo said Tellez had promised a young boy who had vis­ited the Toronto club­house ear­lier in the day that he would hit a home run for him.

“I’m not go­ing to com­pare Rowdy to Babe Ruth but he promised a kid that he was go­ing to hit a home run and he hit two. That was pretty cool,” Mon­toyo said. “The kid had heart prob­lems be­fore and he was in the club­house to­day.”

The boy got a tour of the club­house from Tellez and played catch and stretched on the field with the rest of the team be­fore the game.

Tellez re­called his prom­ise a bit dif­fer­ently than Mon­toyo did, though.

“I promised him three and I failed,” Tellez dead­panned. “But it was a spe­cial mo­ment for us.”

Billy McKin­ney also home­red Wed­nes­day, putting Toronto (64-94) up 1-0 in the first in­ning on the sec­ond pitch he saw from Bal­ti­more starter Gabriel Ynoa (1-9).

The Orioles (52-107) scored twice in the eighth in­ning to cut Toronto’s lead to 3-2.

Rio Ruiz earned an RBI on a bases-loaded ground­out off Cana­dian re­liever Jor­dan Ro­mano. And Wilmer Font, Ro­mano’s re­place­ment, walked in a run be­fore get­ting a deep fly out from Chris Davis to end the in­ning.

Ken Giles struck out all three bat­ters he faced in the ninth for his 22nd save.

Ca­van Big­gio walked in the third in­ning to ex­tend his on-base streak to 26 games, one off Russ Adams’ rookie record from 2005.

Tellez be­came the fourth rookie in fran­chise his­tory with a 20home run sea­son, join­ing Eric Hinske (24 in 2002), J.P. Aren­cibia (23 in 2011) and Fred Mc­Griff (20 in 1987).

Toronto re­called righthande­r Yennsy Diaz and se­lected the con­tract of right-han­der Ryan Dull be­fore the game in an ef­fort to shore up its de­pleted bullpen. Out­fielder Lour­des Gur­riel Jr. (ap­pen­dec­tomy) was placed on the 60-day in­jured list to make him for Dull on the ros­ter . ... At­ten­dance was 13,853 . ... The Blue Jays won the sea­son se­ries ver­sus Bal­ti­more 11-8 . ... Toronto has the day off Thurs­day be­fore host­ing Tampa Bay from Fri­day through Sun­day in their fi­nal se­ries of the sea­son.

NOTES:

CP PHOTO

Toronto Blue Jays’ Rowdy Tellez crosses home plate af­ter hit­ting a home run against the Bal­ti­more Orioles dur­ing a game in Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

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