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TORONTO – The Blue Jays fall 6-4 to the Baltimore Orioles in game two of the four-game series, and extend their losing streak to seven games.
The worst start in franchise history continues for the Jays (1-9) who remain at the bottom of the AL East division.
J.J. Hardy scored a two-run homer that gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead and they would not look back. Chris Davis and Seth Smith scored to extend the Orioles’ (7-2) lead to six runs.
Starting pitcher Wade Miley (1-0) struck out eight batters and earned the win for the Orioles.
“We’ve been analyzing (hitting) for the last week,” said Blue Jays’ first baseman Justin Smoak “I’m not going to overanalyze anything. We got some hits tonight, that’s a good thing for us. We’re going to strike out, that’s who we are, that’s the American League East in a lot of ways. But I’m encouraged by that and we’re hoping tomorrow is the big day for us.”
Sanchez (0-1) gave up a game deciding three runs in the fifth inning and earned his first loss of the season.
“Tough,” said Sanchez post-game about his first loss of the season. “When you leave balls in the middle of the plate to a good hitting team like that, that’s what they do with it. It’s not the start I wanted but you take the good from this start and you move on.”
The Jays (1-9) were without their former AL MVP, Josh Donaldson, and they continued to struggle at the plate when it mattered. They left seven runners on base.
Justin Smoak hit a single that scored Kendrys Morales and a solo home run to left field. Tulowiztki scored on an error when Orioles’ third baseman Manny Machado fumbled the ball.
A late RBI by Devon Travis gave the Jays their fourth run of the game and almost sparked a late ninth inning comeback, but it wasn’t enough and the Jays fell short.
There was a 10-minute delay at the top of the eighth inning after umpire Dale Scott took a Mark Trumbo foul-tip off his mask. He was carted off and later diagnosed with a concussion. He was replaced by second base umpire Brian Knight.
“It got him good,” said Jays’ Manager John Gibbons. “It staggered him and obviously it was worse than everybody thought the way they took him off. He’s one of the good guys, he works hard and umpires are vulnerable, just like a catcher.”
Regardless of the poor start, the Jays remain hopeful and will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon against the Orioles.
“You’ve just got to grind through it,” said Smoak. “Yeah, it’s early but at the same time you want to win ballgames. You’re playing against teams in the division you’re competing against. You’ve got to keep grinding through it, it will turn and hopefully it’s tomorrow.