There was no late lead that got away tonight. But there was a close game to be won and the Orioles bullpen once again came up short in trying to make that happen.
After throwing a strong game and leaving with a man on second and one out in the seventh, Orioles right-hander Gabriel Ynoa saw the ‘pen give it up again.
Toronto scored six runs on four hits and three walks in the seventh to snap a 2-2 tie and beat the Orioles 8-4 tonight at Camden Yards. They sweep the three-game series as the O’s got swept for the 13th time in 2019.
The Orioles (49-104) have nine games left, three on this homestand. They have lost four in a row and fall to 23-55 at home and to 4-14 in September.
In an outing that matched his longest 2019 start, Ynoa pitched out a jam in the sixth and got the first out of the seventh. Randal Grichuk doubled and on came Tanner Scott in a 2-2 game. Scott faced two lefty batters, walked both and turned over a bases-loaded mess to right-hander Dillon Tate.
Tate walked No. 9 hitter Derek Fisher to force in a run and the Blue Jays had a 3-2 lead. Following a strikeout, Toronto got a two-run single by Cavan Biggio, RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and a two-run double by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
A 3-2 lead quickly grew to 8-2 and that would about do it for the Orioles. In the seventh inning and later in this series, the Orioles were outscored 20-7.
Biggio went 8-for-15 in this series with a double, triple, two homers and eight RBIs. Toronto scored 27 runs in completing the sweep.
But in the top of the fourth, the Blue Jays took the lead off Ynoa. They hit back-to-back homers that - and would have had three straight save for an exceptional catch.
First Biggio homered to center. He hit No. 15 for a 1-1 tie. Batting next, Gurriel hit No. 20 on an 0-1 slider for a 2-1 lead. Then Guerrero drove one deep to center and Austin Hays was on the move. He made a leaping catch at the wall and brought a sure homer back into the park with a spectacular catch. It led to Hays pounding his chest a few times and Guerrero tipping his cap. It was a remarkable play.
When Toronto failed to turn an inning-ending double play in the Baltimore fifth, Anthony Santander had an RBI grounder to produce a 2-2 game. A tie that would blow up in smoke on the Orioles in the Toronto seventh.
Mancini doubled in the third O’s run in the seventh. He went 4-for-4 tonight to match a career-high for hits. He was 8-for-13 in this series with three doubles, a homer and nine RBIs. Mancini has 15 RBIs over his last seven games and 93 for the year. Hays hit his first 2019 homer, a solo shot in the eighth to cut Toronto’s lead to 8-4.
Ynoa produced his third quality start in 12 games. Over 6 1/3 innings, he gave up six hits and three runs. He falls to 1-9 with an ERA of 5.65 after a 77-pitch outing. But in the series, the O’s bullpen allowed 22 hits and 20 runs (18 earned) over 11 2/3 innings.
The Orioles are 0-3 on the last homestand of the year. They host Seattle for three games starting Friday night to wrap up the home portion of the 2019 season.