|Toronto (72-85) «||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||3||9||0|
BALTIMORE -- How appropriate the Baltimore Orioles were eliminated from the playoff hunt by a one-run defeat in extra innings.
The Orioles dropped out of the postseason race Tuesday night, losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in 10 innings in a game that had an all too familiar feel for Baltimore.
Baltimore's sixth consecutive loss, combined with Cleveland's comeback victory against the Chicago White Sox, left the Orioles six games behind the Indians for the final wild-card slot with five games left.
A year ago, the Orioles made the playoffs because they were outstanding in close games. Baltimore was 29-9 in one-run affairs and 16-2 in games that went extra innings.
This year, those numbers are 17-31 and 8-7.
What went wrong?
"I don't know who you'd have to talk to to get the answer to that one," shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "I don't know. It's just the way things worked out. We still believe we're a good team, and we're going to get better."
The Orioles knew it was going to be nearly impossible to reach the postseason after they were swept in a four-game series in Tampa Bay before returning home. This defeat finalized the inevitable.
"We play all the way from February 15th or whenever we started to get to the playoffs," Hardy said. "It's hard to think that after how many games we've played since then, we're not going, so yeah, it's tough."
Toronto's Mark DeRosa singled in the tying run in the eighth inning and put the Blue Jays ahead in the 10th.
Jose Reyes drew a one-out walk in the Toronto 10th off Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) and Munenori Kawasaki singled. Reyes appeared to be picked off second but was called safe, drawing Orioles manager Buck Showalter out to argue the call.
"The throw beat me but he don't touch me," Reyes said. "He don't tag me. It wasn't even close. That was the right call by the umpire."
Brett Lawrie then hit into a fielder's choice and DeRosa singled to right.
Down the stretch, Baltimore lost its hitting touch and ability to win the tight ones. The scores of those six losses: 3-1, 5-4, 5-1, 3-1, 5-4 and 3-2.
"For some reason, our consistency offensively wasn't there, as it should have been at the end," McLouth said
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman gave up one run, five hits and a walk in seven innings. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts and left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen immediately gave up the advantage in the eighth.
Reyes greeted Kevin Gausman with a single and reached third with one out before Lawrie struck out on a 3-2 pitch. DeRosa pinch hit for Adam Lind and delivered an opposite-field bloop single off Brian Matusz to knot the score at 2.
Vying for his fourth consecutive victory for the Blue Jays, starter Todd Redmond had a decent outing -- except for two pitches, the ones Roberts and McLouth sent over the scoreboard in right field in the third inning. Redmond allowed two runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
"I didn't have my best stuff compared to my last couple of outings but I tried to give the guys a chance to win," the right-hander said. "The offense came through and we did."
Toronto got a second-inning run when Ryan Goins hit a two-out RBI single. In the bottom half, the Orioles loaded the bases with one out but failed to score.
In the third, however, Roberts and McLouth connected within a span of three pitches to put Baltimore up 2-1. It was the fifth time this season the Orioles hit back-to-back home runs, the second time against the Blue Jays.
But the lead ultimately wouldn't hold up -- as has been the case so often this season.
"It's a lot of close games," Showalter said. "There's some things we did well and some things we didn't. But there's a lot of good baseball ahead for this team and this organization."
An MRI on the left knee of Orioles 3B Manny Machado revealed no major ligament tears, and he could be running within two months. Machado was carted off the field after the injury occurred Monday against Tampa Bay. He was in the dugout and received an ovation when shown on the scoreboard. ... RHP Bud Norris takes the mound for the Orioles on Wednesday night against Toronto RHP Esmil Rogers. ... Toronto RF Moises Sierra left in the sixth inning after catching his spikes on the outfield grass chasing down a fly ball. Manager John Gibbons said it was an ankle sprain. ... The Orioles have gone 21 straight games without scoring more than five runs. The last time that happened was in 1992. ... DeRosa is 6 for 21 with eight RBIs as a pinch-hitter.
|Adam Jones slams the bat down after striking out in the 10th inning in the loss to the Blue Jays. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
Toronto Blue Jays Collapsible Koozie
$4.95 Shop Now!
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||2||2||0||1||1||0||.294|
|Munenori Kawasaki, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.225|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.249|
|Adam Lind, 1B||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.285|
|a-Mark DeRosa, PH-1B||2||0||2||2||0||0||0||.234|
|Moises Sierra, RF||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.290|
|Rajai Davis, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.264|
|Anthony Gose, CF||4||0||1||0||0||3||2||.262|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.194|
|Ryan Goins, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.247|
|Kevin Pillar, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.185|
|Todd Redmond, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Perez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dustin McGowan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Sergio Santos, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Casey Janssen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Lind in the 8th|
|2B - Anthony Gose (6, Tillman)|
|SH - Munenori Kawasaki (9)|
|RBI - Mark DeRosa 2 (34), Ryan Goins (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark DeRosa 2 (12), Ryan Goins (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Sergio Santos (W,1-1)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.57|
|Casey Janssen (S,34)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.56|
|Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 89-59, Luis Perez 11-7, Dustin McGowan 16-9, Sergio Santos 15-10, Casey Janssen 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 3-12, Luis Perez 2-0, Sergio Santos 1-0, Casey Janssen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 27, Luis Perez 4, Dustin McGowan 4, Sergio Santos 3, Casey Janssen 4|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.242|
|Nate McLouth, LF||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.260|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||0||.285|
|Chris Davis, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||1||.286|
|Matt Wieters, C||5||0||2||0||0||2||3||.233|
|Danny Valencia, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.269|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||2||0||0||1||1||.262|
|Dan Johnson, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||5||.000|
|Ryan Flaherty, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||4||.212|
|Chris Tillman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Kevin Gausman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian Matusz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Darren O'Day, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jim Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|HR - Brian Roberts (7, Redmond), Nate McLouth (12, Redmond)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (38), Nate McLouth (34)|
|SB - Adam Jones (14, 2nd base off Redmond/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis|
|Kevin Gausman (H,2)||0.2||1||1||1||0||1||0||5.83|
|Brian Matusz (BS,4)||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.55|
|Francisco Rodriguez (L,3-2)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||2.70|
|WP - Kevin Gausman (4)|
|HBP - Kawasaki (by Chris Tillman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 113-75, Kevin Gausman 10-7, Brian Matusz 2-2, Darren O'Day 5-3, Jim Johnson 17-9, Francisco Rodriguez 20-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 5-6, Kevin Gausman 1-0, Darren O'Day 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 27, Kevin Gausman 3, Brian Matusz 1, Darren O'Day 1, Jim Johnson 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6|
|Attendance - 16772|
|Game Time - 3:17|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Tom Hallion|