The Orioles won the series opener last night against the Blue Jays in Toronto, and they’re 1 ½ games back for the second and third wild card spots.
They’ve gone 5-2 against the Blue Jays this season, including four wins in a row for the first time since Sept. 28, 2016-April 14, 2017, and for the first time in a single season since Aug, 7-Sept. 17, 2014.
The Orioles haven’t won five straight games in one season against the Jays since May 9-June 26, 1994.
Ryan Mountcastle homered again last night, giving him five against Toronto this season and 14 for his career. He’s the cleanup hitter again tonight.
Austin Hays is out of the lineup. Ryan McKenna, who had a career-high three hits last night, is batting ninth and playing right field.
Terrin Vavra gets another start in left field. Anthony Santander is the designated hitter.
Dean Kremer has a 3.69 ERA in 12 starts. He’s made three career starts against the Blue Jays and allowed 13 runs in 10 1/3 innings.
Alek Manoah has made 22 starts this season and registered a 2.56 ERA and 1.022 WHIP in 137 innings. He’s hit 12 batters.
Manoah’s last start came against the Orioles. In that game he allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings. He’s 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA and 0.878 WHIP in five career starts against the Orioles.
Mountcastle is 4-for-12 with a double and two home runs against him.
The Blue Jays and Rays are tied for second place in the American League East, with the Orioles 1 ½ games back.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander DH
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Terrin Vavra LF
Rougned Odor 2B
Ramón Urías 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Ryan McKenna RF
Dean Kremer RHP
For the Blue Jays
George Springer DH
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. LF
Alejandro Kirk C
Matt Chapman 3B
Teoscar Hernández RF
Bo Bichette SS
Santiago Espinal 2B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Alek Manoah RHP