The O’s took the final two games of this series, beating Toronto today 11-6 at Camden Yards as Matt Wieters went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and Jonathan Schoop went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer. The Orioles’ offense produced a season-high 19 hits in 41 at-bats. Their 11 runs were two off the season high.
The Orioles have lost just one home series all year and improved to 9-1-2 in series at Camden Yards and to 26-12 at home. Their overall record is 40-28 and they’ve won nine of 14 and 12 of the last 18 games.
Chris Davis delivered a two-out RBI single in the first and Wieters followed with a two-run blast to right-center for the 3-0 lead on his seventh home run. But then came Tillman’s bad inning, the top of the second. He allowed two-run homers to Troy Tulowitzki and Devon Travis as Toronto moved ahead 4-3.
But the Orioles kept hitting Toronto starter Marcus Stroman. Ryan Flaherty’s RBI single made it 4-4 in the second. The O’s knocked Stroman out during a three-run bottom of the fourth that featured five more hits. They made it 7-4 on Schoop’s RBI single, Flaherty’s RBI double and an Adam Jones RBI single. When Wieters added his third RBI - on a single in the fifth - the lead grew to 8-4.
After Toronto cut that to 8-6, the O’s pulled away with a three-run seventh on Wieters’ RBI single and Schoop’s big blast to left. He crushed a two-run shot for his 12th homer and an 11-6 lead. Statcast estimated the blast to have gone 458 feet with an exit velocity of 110 mph.
Schoop had 39 RBIs last year in 305 at-bats. He now has 41 in 247 at-bats. Wieters was 2-for-27 his last eight games before his big game today. Davis went 3-for-4 today, Hyun Soo Kim went 3-for-5 and is batting .340 and Flaherty added two RBIs.
This was the first of four games the Orioles are playing with a 24-man roster and without Manny Machado, who began serving his four-game suspension today. For one day at least, they did just fine.
Tillman became a 10-game winner this afternoon. Over five innings and 99 pitches he allowed five hits and four runs. He is 10-1 with an ERA of 3.11 and the Orioles are 13-2 in his 15 starts. Tillman threw 38 pitches in that second inning to keep him from getting deeper into this game. The Blue Jays went 1-for-13 against him in innings one, three, four and five.
Stroman has been struggling and did again today, allowing seven runs over 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the year. In his past two starts against the Orioles he has allowed 18 hits and 11 runs over nine innings. He is 6-3 with an ERA of 5.23 for the season and has an ERA of 7.59 over his past seven starts.
Now the Orioles play a makeup game from an April rainout tomorrow night at Texas. It’s a one-game series before they return home on Tuesday. Kevin Gausman (0-4, 4.14) takes the mound for the O’s in Texas against left-hander Derek Holland (5-5, 5.14 ERA).