The Orioles have moved within one game of the final wild card spot as they continue their series tonight against the Blue Jays.
They’re 1 ½ behind the third-place Rays and three behind second-place Toronto.
Terrin Vavra is the designated hitter tonight, batting fifth in a lineup that also includes Adley Rutschman catching, Austin Hays in left field, and Ramón Urías at third base.
Ryan Mountcastle has a career .356 average and 1.131 OPS in 30 games against Toronto, with four doubles, 13 home runs and 25 RBIs. He’s 10-for-21 with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBIs this season.
Urías had never hit a first-inning home run until last night’s three-run shot. He was 1-for-27 in the opening frame.
Kyle Bradish has made two starts since rejoining the Orioles, and he’s allowed three runs with 12 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Bradish faced the Blue Jays on June 13 and allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
The Orioles are 32-21 at home. Overall this season, they’re 3-2 versus the Jays, 5-3 versus the Red Sox, 8-8 versus the Rays and 5-11 versus the Yankees for a 21-24 division record.
Alek Manoah is 12-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 0.992 WHIP in 21 games. He’s allowed only 12 home runs in 132 innings, but he’s also hit 11 batters.
Manoah opposed Bradish in Toronto and held the Orioles to one hit in six scoreless innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. extended his hitting streak to 19 games last night.
For the Orioles
Cedric Mullins CF
Adley Rutschman C
Anthony Santander RF
Ryan Mountcastle 1B
Terrin Vavra DH
Austin Hays LF
Rougned Odor 2B
Ramón Urías 3B
Jorge Mateo SS
Kyle Bradish RHP
Outfielder DJ Stewart was reinstated from Triple-A Norfolk’s injured list.
Pitcher Alexander Wells, on the 60-day injured list with left elbow tendinitis, began a rehab assignment today in the Florida Complex League.