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Offensive surge leads Orioles past Blue Jays in series finale

April 12, 2018 - 9:20 am

By Joe Schiller

Last night started off like déjà vu for the Orioles. After facing a no-hit bid from Aaron Sanchez into the eighth inning Tuesday night, Baltimore found themselves facing yet another dominant pitching performance up against Marco Estrada.

However, this time around, the offense came alive at the most crucial time. The Orioles’ bats led the way in a 5-3 win over the Blue Jays to avoid the three-game sweep.

Estrada carried a 1-0 lead and a no-hit bid into the bottom of the fourth inning until Jonathan Schoop broke the drought. He snapped a 0-for-12 slump heading into the game with an RBI double to left field. It was fuel to the fire for a three-run inning as Chris Davis and Tim Beckham added RBIs of their own.

Kevin Gausman was poised on the mound and notched his first win and quality start on the season. He threw six strong strong innings, allowing just three earned runs while striking out seven batters. Starting pitching was never a problem in this series and the rotation seems to be settling in at the perfect time with Alex Cobb set to return on Sunday.

Each time the Blue Jays started to inch back throughout the game, the Orioles responded. Schoop answered again in the fifth inning with RBI single to centerfield that scored Chance Sisco. One inning later, Sisco drove in Tim Beckham to stretch the lead by two runs. 

The bullpen of Richard Bleier, Darren O’Day and allowed just one hit through the final three innings to secure the win.

The O’s earn a much-needed rest day before they head on the road to Boston for a four-game weekend series. Chris Tillman is expected to face off against Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound Friday night.