The Toronto Blue Jays had a great chance to move up the table, but the San Diego Padres spoiled the party at the Rogers Center with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night.
This meeting was almost action-free, with the Jays having to settle for six hits. Visitor starter Yu Darvish (7-6) had a good game, hitting seven batters in six innings.
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Jose Berrios (8-7) did even better, passing nine opponents in the mitt, but he still gave up the two points for the Padres in the fifth inning. These were from Manny Machado’s staff, at least what was left of it.
The third baseman’s implement broke on contact with the ball, but the ball still crossed the infield. While outfielder Kevin Kiermaier retrieved the white item, Trent Grisham and Ha-Seong Kim were able to complete their lap on the trail.
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Toronto (53-43) lost both games against San Diego and will look to avoid Thursday’s win.
New gentlemen on board
For the first time this season, the Tampa Bay Rays are no longer at the top of the American East Division, the Jays. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Floridians with an 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With a 58-37 (.611) record and eight wins in ten games, the “O’s” completed an unlikely climb up the standings. No one saw the Maryland team that high, but the rebuild was completed sooner than expected.
However, it was not without its pitfalls. Against the Dodgers at Camden Yards, the Orioles tried to avoid a first win of the season. They were 4-2 down one inning and they never looked back.
Ramon Urias had two paying doubles for a total of three points. Gunnar Henderson was his team’s other offensive star, with three rounds on the trail, as many shots at the plate, and a solo home run.
It was the team’s substitutes who made the difference after a tougher start from Dean Kremer. Danny Coulombe (3-1) increased his record with the win.
In Texas, the Rays (60-39; .606) lost their top spot in a 5-1 loss to the Rangers. The guests’ only run came in the ninth inning.
Leody Taveras hit the long ball and a single for two runs while Jonah Heim hit three homers.