Stroman sharp, Blue Jays homer twice in 4-0 win over Orioles

TORONTO (AP) Marcus Stroman bounced back from his worst start of the season with one of his best.

Stroman pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning, Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-0 on Wednesday night.

Stroman (8-4) recovered nicely from a seven-run outing at Texas last Thursday. The right-hander allowed five singles and struck out eight to win for the first time since June 10 at Seattle.

''He's somebody who gives you a chance every time out,'' Smoak said of Stroman. ''He dominated tonight.''

The Orioles had won three in a row, but couldn't touch Stroman.

''He was really good,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ''He was the difference.''

Stroman threw a career-high 119 pitches. It was the highest total by a Toronto pitcher since David Price threw 119 against Minnesota on Aug. 3, 2015.

''I thought he got stronger as the game went on against a dangerous team,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''It's tough to shut down their hitters and we needed that, we needed that desperately.''

Stroman left to a standing ovation after Seth Smith's two-out single in the eighth. Danny Barnes came on and walked Manny Machado, putting a runner in scoring position for Baltimore for the first time. Barnes escaped the jam by striking out Jonathan Schoop.

Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth, finishing a five-hitter. The Blue Jays improved to 3-8 against the Orioles.

Bautista hit a leadoff homer in the first and Smoak added his career-best 21st to begin the fourth.

Both homers came off left-hander Wade Miley (3-6), who allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings.

''I've got to figure something out,'' Miley said. ''I've got to figure out how to get the fastball back over the plate. I really didn't have it at all tonight.''

Bautista's drive was his ninth career leadoff homer, the first by a Blue Jays batter this season. The shot to right was Bautista's first opposite-field blast since Sept. 12, 2015.

''It makes a big difference when you take the lead,'' Gibbons said. ''We've been giving up a lot in the first inning, playing catch-up, so it was good to do it that way tonight.''

Smoak has hit more home runs before the All-Star break than any switch hitter since Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira had 22 in 2015.

Toronto used two hits and a walk to load the bases later in the fourth. Bautista hit a run-scoring fielder's choice, and a second run scored on Schoop's throwing error.

LONG MAN

Stroman has pitched at least seven innings on six occasions this season. All other Blue Jays starters have combined to do it nine times.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Toronto grounded into three double plays. The Blue Jays have hit into a major league-leading 84 double plays this season.

BEER CAN THROWER SENTENCED

The man who threw a beer can toward Baltimore outfielder Hyun Soo Kim during last year's AL wild-card game against the Blue Jays was sentenced Wednesday to community service and ordered to stay away major league baseball stadiums for one year. Ken Pagan received a conditional discharge, meaning he will not have a criminal record if he complies with his sentence. He pleaded guilty to mischief last month.

WELCOME BACK

Toronto signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo. The Canadian-born Saunders won the Final Vote competition for an AL All-Star berth with the Blue Jays last season but tailed off in the second half, hitting .178 with eight homers and 15 RBIs. Saunders signed with Philadelphia in January but was let go by the last-place Phillies after batting .205 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 61 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: LHP Zach Britton (strained forearm) will pitch in the later innings in his scheduled rehab appearances Friday at Class-A Frederick and Monday at Triple-A Norfolk in a bid to duplicate his regular role in the ninth.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) will make a second rehab start, either with Class A Dunedin or Triple-A Buffalo, before being activated off the disabled list, Gibbons said.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3, 7.26 ERA) allowed a season-worst nine runs in his previous start, a June 23 loss at Tampa Bay. He is 7-5 in 18 career games against Toronto.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (2-4, 3.83 ERA) is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in his past three starts. He is winless in two outings against Baltimore this season.

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  • W: M. Stroman (8-4)L: W. Miley (3-6)
  • HR: TOR - J. Bautista (14), J. Smoak (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Smith RF40200011.263.340.446.7861.5
M. Machado 3B30000112.223.297.435.7310.5
J. Schoop 2B40000022.293.350.540.890-1.0
A. Jones CF40000020.267.305.434.739-1.0
M. Trumbo DH40000020.258.318.402.720-1.0
T. Mancini 1B40200020.323.366.581.9471.0
H. Kim LF30000012.236.311.292.603-0.5
C. Joseph C20100110.273.306.422.7281.5
P. Janish SS30000002.100.143.100.2430.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Bautista RF41121002.238.345.426.7717.0
    R. Martin C30000122.218.374.382.7560.0
    J. Donaldson 3B30000111.265.366.508.8740.5
    J. Smoak 1B41111021.301.367.590.9575.0
    K. Morales DH31100121.263.311.475.7862.0
    T. Tulowitzki SS40000013.236.292.363.655-0.5
    S. Pearce LF31300000.275.328.459.7864.0
    E. Carrera PR-LF00000000.293.362.407.7690.0
    K. Pillar CF30100002.258.312.417.7291.0
    D. Barney 2B10000103.230.272.302.5741.0
    a- R. Goins PH-2B10000001.214.277.345.6220.0
    • a-grounded into a double play for Barney in the 6th
    BATTING
    • HR - J. Bautista (14), J. Smoak (21)
    • RBI - J. Bautista 2 (37), J. Smoak (49)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Schoop (10)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Miley (L, 3-6)5.06434524.541.66-0.5
    A. Asher3.01000304.861.329.5
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Miley (L, 3-6)5.0
    A. Asher3.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Stroman (W, 8-4)7.25001803.411.2629.0
    D. Barnes0.10001102.140.92-0.5
    R. Osuna1.00000302.320.744.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Stroman (W, 8-4)7.2
    D. Barnes0.1
    R. Osuna1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 109-60, A. Asher 37-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 6-3, A. Asher 2-3
    • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, A. Asher 9
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 119-70, D. Barnes 8-3, R. Osuna 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 11-3
    • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, D. Barnes 2, R. Osuna 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Smith RF40200011.263.340.446.7861.5
    M. Machado 3B30000112.223.297.435.7310.5
    J. Schoop 2B40000022.293.350.540.890-1.0
    A. Jones CF40000020.267.305.434.739-1.0
    M. Trumbo DH40000020.258.318.402.720-1.0
    T. Mancini 1B40200020.323.366.581.9471.0
    H. Kim LF30000012.236.311.292.603-0.5
    C. Joseph C20100110.273.306.422.7281.5
    P. Janish SS30000002.100.143.100.2430.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Bautista RF41121002.238.345.426.7717.0
      R. Martin C30000122.218.374.382.7560.0
      J. Donaldson 3B30000111.265.366.508.8740.5
      J. Smoak 1B41111021.301.367.590.9575.0
      K. Morales DH31100121.263.311.475.7862.0
      T. Tulowitzki SS40000013.236.292.363.655-0.5
      S. Pearce LF31300000.275.328.459.7864.0
      E. Carrera PR-LF00000000.293.362.407.7690.0
      K. Pillar CF30100002.258.312.417.7291.0
      D. Barney 2B10000103.230.272.302.5741.0
      a- R. Goins PH-2B10000001.214.277.345.6220.0
      Total2947324816-----
      • a-grounded into a double play for Barney in the 6th
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Bautista (14), J. Smoak (21)
      • RBI - J. Bautista 2 (37), J. Smoak (49)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bautista (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Schoop (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (L, 3-6)5.06434524.541.66-0.5
      A. Asher3.01000304.861.329.5
      Total8.0743482---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (L, 3-6)5.0
      A. Asher3.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 8-4)7.25001803.411.2629.0
      D. Barnes0.10001102.140.92-0.5
      R. Osuna1.00000302.320.744.5
      Total9.05002120---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 8-4)7.2
      D. Barnes0.1
      R. Osuna1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 109-60, A. Asher 37-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 6-3, A. Asher 2-3
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 24, A. Asher 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 119-70, D. Barnes 8-3, R. Osuna 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 11-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 28, D. Barnes 2, R. Osuna 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Bautista reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morales and Pearce scored, Pillar to third on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error04
        Smoak homered to center02
      • 1ST INNING
        Bautista homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Danny Barnes
        • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo struck out looking
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Joseph struck out looking
        • P. Janish: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Janish grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to right
        • Danny Barnes relieved Marcus Stroman
        • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked, Smith to second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike looking, Tulowitzki grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Trumbo grounded out to third
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini singled to center
        • H. Kim: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kim grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Asher Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista lined out to right
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Donaldson lined out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Schoop flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alec Asher relieved Wade Miley
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pearce singled to left
        • Ezequiel Carrera ran for Steve Pearce
        • K. Pillar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pillar lined out to right
        • Ryan Goins hit for Darwin Barney
        • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Goins grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Carrera out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • H. Kim: Ball, Kim grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Joseph: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joseph walked
        • P. Janish: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Janish grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Donaldson walked
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smoak struck out on foul tip
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • T. Tulowitzki: Tulowitzki grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schoop flied out to right
        • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak homered to center
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • T. Tulowitzki: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Tulowitzki struck out swinging
        • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce singled to right center, Morales to second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pillar singled to right, Morales to third, Pearce to second
        • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney lined out to right
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bautista reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Morales and Pearce scored, Pillar to third on 2nd baseman Schoop fielding error
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Joseph singled to shallow center
        • P. Janish: Ball, Ball, Janish lined out to center
        • S. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Smith reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Joseph out at second
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • D. Barney: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barney walked
        • J. Bautista: Bautista grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Barney out at second
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Donaldson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • A. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trumbo grounded out to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini singled to center
        • H. Kim: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kim struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales singled to left
        • T. Tulowitzki: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Tulowitzki grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Morales out at second
        • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce singled to right center
        • K. Pillar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pillar flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Stroman Pitching:
        • S. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to left center
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Machado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Schoop struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Bautista: Foul, Bautista homered to right center
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin popped out to second
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Smoak grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)