The Washington Post

Toronto’s big sluggers tee off again in Baltimore

- BY JON MEOLI — Baltimore Sun

baltimore — Eventually, the Baltimore Orioles’ continued drilling to new depths will find rock.

As awful as Sunday was, their ability to keep finding worse and worse ways to lose means even this 22-7 defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays before an announced 8,474 at Camden Yards can’t quite be deemed the bottom yet.

After the Orioles (49-97) allowed 11 runs in each game of a doublehead­er sweep Saturday, blowing seventh-inning leads in each, Toronto nearly matched that production in one inning in a game that was never close.

“We’re just not pitching very well against a good lineup,” Manager Brandon Hyde said. “That game was over early. We had a tough time getting them out. It’s a good hitting team, and we’ve got to pitch a little bit better.”

Rookie Zac Lowther loaded the bases with Toronto’s first three batters of the game on a single and two walks, hit the fourth with a pitch, then allowed a grand slam to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to create an early 5-0 hole. He allowed a run in the second and was charged with one in the third after a leadoff walk came around to score on Spenser Watkins’s watch.

“I was pitching kind of scared or not attacking them to good zones and getting ahead of guys,” Lowther said. “With a lineup like that, you have to get ahead and attack, and I wasn’t doing it.”

Watkins allowed seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs, and recorded just one out — on a run-scoring single by Breyvic Valera where he got caught too far of the base. Orioles rookie Mike Baumann, fresh off an impressive debut Tuesday, took over and was charged with six runs in three innings of relief.

“It’s just tough all around,” Lowther said. “Those are really good friends of mine and good teammates of mine, so if I don’t do well, so be it. It just sucks seeing everyone kind of have not their best day.”

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