Morales' HR in 9th lifts Jays over O's 2-1, stops skid

TORONTO (AP) It seemed familiar, a Toronto Blue Jays player hitting a game-ending home run against the Baltimore Orioles.

Edwin Encarnacion did it last fall to win the AL wild-card game and his replacement in Toronto, Kendrys Morales, replicated the feat on Saturday.

''We were struggling and we have to start somewhere,'' Morales said through a translator after his drive leading off the bottom of the ninth lifted Toronto to a 2-1 victory Saturday that stopped a seven-game losing streak.

Roberto Osuna (1-0) had allowed Jonathan Schoop's sacrifice fly in the top half. Toronto, off to the poorest start in franchise history, is just 2-9 this season and has scored three runs or fewer eight times.

Morales homered on the first pitch of the inning from Wilson (1-1), who entered with two outs in the eighth and retired Jose Bautista on a flyout to strand a runner at second

''I didn't execute a pitch up in the zone and he kind of jumped me from the first pitch,'' Wilson said. ''I wanted to get ahead with a breaking ball.''

It was the second home run of the season for Morales, who hit a grand slam in a 5-2 win at Tampa Bay on April 6.

''Hopefully, this win is going to take us further - with more wins,'' Morales said after his fourth game-ending home run.

Marco Estrada struck out eight and allowed four hits in seven innings.

Toronto went ahead in the seventh when Alec Asher hit Jose Bautista with a pitch leading off, Bautista took second on Troy Tulowitzki's one-out single and then scored on pinch-hitter Darwin Barney's two-out single off Donny Hart. Bautista slid into the plate as center fielder Adam Jones' throw bounced past catcher Welington Castillo.

Alec Asher, recalled from Triple-A to fill the fifth slot in Baltimore's rotation, gave up one run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings in his Orioles debut.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Baltimore Gold Glove-winning 3B Manny Machado made a diving backhand catch to retire Kevin Pillar in the third on a ball measured off the bat at 108.8 mph.

MONTREAL ROYALTY

Every player wore No. 42 to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day, abd the Blue Jays played a video tribute to the former Dodgers great, highlighting his time with the minor league Montreal Royals. In his one season with the Dodgers' top minor league tea, 1956, Robinson led the International League with a .349 average and 40 stolen bases.

UMPIRE CHECK

Umpire Dale Scott, who sustained a concussion after being hit by a foul tip in Friday night's game, was released from a hospital early Saturday but did not work the game. Scott said he felt OK and results of a CT scan were normal.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: To make room for Asher on the 25-man roster, Baltimore optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to Triple-A Norfolk.

Blue Jays: After being called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace Josh Donaldson, who was placed on the 10-day DL, utilityman Chris Coghlan made his 30th big league start at third base. Coghlan was 0 for 2 in his Toronto debut.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) gave up just one run in seven innings of work during a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on April 5.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (0-2, 5.40) faces Bundy and the Orioles for the second time this season.

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Blue JaysTOR2-9
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  • W: R. Osuna (1-0)L: T. Wilson (1-1)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Smith RF30100101.280.357.640.9973.0
A. Jones CF40100024.275.341.500.8410.0
M. Machado 3B20100211.171.310.314.6242.5
C. Davis 1B40000025.324.390.6491.039-1.0
M. Trumbo DH40000014.179.220.282.502-0.5
W. Castillo C40100010.367.387.433.8200.5
C. Gentry PR01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
C. Joseph C0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Kim LF40100001.294.294.353.6471.0
J. Schoop 2B30110001.273.306.545.8513.0
R. Flaherty SS30000022.000.200.000.2000.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Pillar CF40100000.268.302.293.5951.0
    E. Carrera LF30100000.211.211.263.4741.0
    J. Bautista RF31100012.150.271.200.4712.5
    K. Morales DH31111102.244.340.439.7797.0
    T. Tulowitzki SS30100003.225.256.400.6561.0
    J. Smoak 1B30000012.226.250.387.637-0.5
    C. Coghlan 3B20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    a- D. Barney 3B10110000.500.545.5001.0452.0
    J. Saltalamacchia C30000032.100.100.100.200-1.5
    R. Goins 2B30000010.143.250.143.393-0.5
    • a-singled for Coghlan in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Smith (3), J. Schoop (3)
    • SF - J. Schoop
    • RBI - J. Schoop (6)
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Morales (2)
    • SH - E. Carrera (2)
    • RBI - K. Morales (7), D. Barney (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - D. Barney
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Gentry
    FIELDING
    • DP - M. Machado, J. Schoop, C. Davis
    FIELDING
    • DP - R. Goins, T. Tulowitzki, J. Smoak
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Asher6.13111501.420.6318.5
    D. Hart1.12000200.001.502.0
    T. Wilson (L, 1-1)0.111100110.133.00-7.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Asher6.1
    D. Hart1.1
    T. Wilson (L, 1-1)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Estrada7.04003803.501.0021.0
    J. Biagini (H, 2)1.01000001.041.002.0
    R. Osuna (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110104.501.008.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Estrada7.0
    J. Biagini (H, 2)1.0
    R. Osuna (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Asher, T. Wilson
    • HBP - A. Asher
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Asher 93-59, D. Hart 16-10, T. Wilson 6-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Asher 5-8
    • Batters Faced - A. Asher 23, D. Hart 6, T. Wilson 2
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Estrada
    • HBP - M. Estrada
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 109-69, J. Biagini 7-7, R. Osuna 15-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-8, J. Biagini 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 29, J. Biagini 3, R. Osuna 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OriolesBAL7-3
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    Blue JaysTOR2-9
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Smith RF30100101.280.357.640.9973.0
    A. Jones CF40100024.275.341.500.8410.0
    M. Machado 3B20100211.171.310.314.6242.5
    C. Davis 1B40000025.324.390.6491.039-1.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000014.179.220.282.502-0.5
    W. Castillo C40100010.367.387.433.8200.5
    C. Gentry PR01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
    C. Joseph C0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Kim LF40100001.294.294.353.6471.0
    J. Schoop 2B30110001.273.306.545.8513.0
    R. Flaherty SS30000022.000.200.000.2000.0
    Total3116103919-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Pillar CF40100000.268.302.293.5951.0
      E. Carrera LF30100000.211.211.263.4741.0
      J. Bautista RF31100012.150.271.200.4712.5
      K. Morales DH31111102.244.340.439.7797.0
      T. Tulowitzki SS30100003.225.256.400.6561.0
      J. Smoak 1B30000012.226.250.387.637-0.5
      C. Coghlan 3B20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      a- D. Barney 3B10110000.500.545.5001.0452.0
      J. Saltalamacchia C30000032.100.100.100.200-1.5
      R. Goins 2B30000010.143.250.143.393-0.5
      Total2826211711-----
      • a-singled for Coghlan in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Smith (3), J. Schoop (3)
      • SF - J. Schoop
      • RBI - J. Schoop (6)
      BATTING
      • HR - K. Morales (2)
      • SH - E. Carrera (2)
      • RBI - K. Morales (7), D. Barney (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Barney
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Gentry
      FIELDING
      • DP - M. Machado, J. Schoop, C. Davis
      FIELDING
      • DP - R. Goins, T. Tulowitzki, J. Smoak
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Asher6.13111501.420.6318.5
      D. Hart1.12000200.001.502.0
      T. Wilson (L, 1-1)0.111100110.133.00-7.0
      Total8.0622171---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Asher6.1
      D. Hart1.1
      T. Wilson (L, 1-1)0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada7.04003803.501.0021.0
      J. Biagini (H, 2)1.01000001.041.002.0
      R. Osuna (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.01110104.501.008.5
      Total9.0611390---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada7.0
      J. Biagini (H, 2)1.0
      R. Osuna (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Asher, T. Wilson
      • HBP - A. Asher
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Asher 93-59, D. Hart 16-10, T. Wilson 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Asher 5-8
      • Batters Faced - A. Asher 23, D. Hart 6, T. Wilson 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Estrada
      • HBP - M. Estrada
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 109-69, J. Biagini 7-7, R. Osuna 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 5-8, J. Biagini 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 29, J. Biagini 3, R. Osuna 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Morales homered to right center12
        Schoop hit sacrifice fly to center, Gentry scored11
      • 7TH INNING
        Barney singled to center, Bautista scored, Tulowitzki to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • R. Osuna Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • H. Kim: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gentry stole second, Kim flied out to deep left, Gentry to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop hit sacrifice fly to center, Gentry scored
        • R. Flaherty: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Flaherty struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Wilson Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Morales homered to right center
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Machado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Machado out at second
        • M. Trumbo: Foul, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Hart Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • K. Pillar: Pillar lined out to right
        • E. Carrera: Carrera singled to left
        • J. Bautista: Strike swinging, Ball, Carrera to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Bautista flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • H. Kim: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kim flied out to center
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop doubled to left center
        • R. Flaherty: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Flaherty struck out on foul tip
        • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Schoop to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Smith walked
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Bautista hit by pitch
        • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Morales lined out to center
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Foul, Tulowitzki singled to center, Bautista to second
        • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to deep center
        • D. Barney: Ball, Barney singled to center, Bautista scored, Tulowitzki to second
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Saltalamacchia struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Castillo grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goins flied out to center
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Pillar grounded out to third
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Carrera flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • R. Flaherty: Ball, Flaherty hit by pitch
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Smith lined out to left
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smoak struck out swinging
        • C. Coghlan: Foul, Ball, Coghlan grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Saltalamacchia struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • H. Kim: Kim grounded out to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Schoop popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bautista singled to center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales popped out to third
        • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki grounded into double play third to second to first, Bautista out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones singled to left
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked, Jones to second
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Davis struck out on foul tip
        • M. Trumbo: Trumbo flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Goins lined out to center
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pillar lined out to third
        • E. Carrera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Carrera grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castillo grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Kim: Strike looking, Kim reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schoop popped out to second
        • R. Flaherty: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Flaherty grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Smoak popped out to third
        • C. Coghlan: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Coghlan struck out looking
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Saltalamacchia struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Estrada Pitching:
        • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith doubled to deep right center
        • A. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado walked
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Davis flied out to center
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Pillar singled to right
        • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Carrera hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Pillar to second
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pillar to third, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Tulowitzki popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)