The Washington Post

Tempers flare as O’s close gap on Toronto



BALTIMORE — Adley Rutschman hit a bases-loaded double during a five-run third inning, and the Baltimore Orioles rebounded with a 9- 6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in a heated game in which the benches briefly emptied in the seventh.

The Orioles pulled within 3 1/2 games of Toronto for the last American League wild card. They were swept by the Blue Jays in a doublehead­er Monday.

The Orioles trailed 3- 0 on Tuesday before rallying to snap Toronto’s five-game winning streak.

Baltimore seemed to be treating this like a must-win game — or close to it. Dillon Tate, Cionel Pérez and Félix Bautista all worked more than an inning in relief. Four relievers combined to throw six innings, with Bautista getting the final six outs for his 12th save.

Bo Bichette homered again for Toronto — his fourth in the past two games — but Mitch White couldn’t make it out of a wild third inning in which he walked three and hit a batter.

Tempers flared when Bryan Baker appeared to make a “chirping” signal with his hand toward the Toronto dugout after striking out Matt Chapman for the third out. Benches and bullpens emptied, and although order was quickly restored, Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider was ejected during the bottom of the inning and came out to give plate umpire Jeff Nelson an earful.

The start of the game was delayed by 17 minutes because of rain.

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