Morales' 3 HRs, 7 RBIs carry Blue Jays past Orioles 11-8

BALTIMORE (AP) The power-laden Baltimore Orioles simply couldn't muster enough offense to outdo Toronto slugger Kendrys Morales.

Baltimore's seven-game winning streak ended under a barrage of home runs by Morales, who went deep three times and had a career-high seven RBIs to provide the Blue Jays with an 11-8 victory Thursday night.

Looking to sustain its charge into the thick of the AL playoff picture, Baltimore bolted to a 5-2 lead in the third inning before the last-place Blue Jays stormed back behind Morales, who had four hits and scored four runs.

''When you score eight runs, you've got to win the ballgame,'' lamented Orioles starter Jeremy Hellickson, who gave up seven runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Morales hit a two-run homer in the third, an RBI single in a five-run fifth, added a three-run drive in the sixth and concluded his big night with a solo shot in the eighth.

''Obviously, that's what we need after falling behind,'' manager John Gibbons said.

It was his second career three-homer game. The first was Sept. 20, 2015, at Detroit.

''It's difficult to do, so you have to feel good about it,'' Morales said through an interpreter. ''Plus, we got a win on top of that. So it feels great.''

Adam Jones and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who fell 2 1/2 games behind Minnesota in the race for the final AL wild card. Coming off three-game sweeps of Boston and Seattle, Baltimore was seeking its first eight-game winning streak in 12 years.

Instead, the Orioles were victimized by a Toronto team that had lost 10 of 12, including four in a row, and had totaled one run in its previous two games.

''We did a lot of good things tonight. We just didn't pitch well enough to win the game, obviously,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''But I'm real proud of the month our guys put together to get back in this.''

Baltimore went 17-12 in August, its first winning month since April. The Orioles hit 57 home runs in the month - a major league record for August, breaking the mark of 55 set by last year's club.

Marco Estrada (7-8) improved to 6-1 lifetime against Baltimore despite allowing six runs and 10 hits in five ragged innings.

Roberto Osuna retired Jones on a groundout with two runs in, two on and two outs in the eighth. The right-hander also worked the ninth for his 35th save.

Jones hit his 26th home run in the first inning with a man on, and Tim Beckham hit an RBI single in the second for a 3-0 lead.

Morales answered in the third, but Baltimore got a run-scoring groundout from Davis and an RBI single by Mark Trumbo in the bottom half.

The momentum turned in the fifth, when Toronto sent nine batters and used two-run doubles by Miguel Montero and Kevin Pillar to go up 7-5.

Davis hit a solo shot in the bottom half, but Morales expanded the margin to five runs by connecting off Mychal Givens in the sixth and again in the eighth.

''It wasn't necessarily a pretty thing,'' Gibbons said, ''but it was a win.''

CALLUPS

Gibbons said Toronto plans to activate C Luke Maile from the 10-day disabled list and add OFs Teoscar Hernandez and Michael Saunders and RHP Carlos Ramirez from Triple-A Syracuse and IF Richard Urena from Double-A New Hampshire when rosters expand Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 1B Justin Smoak (sore right calf) was out of the lineup for the second consecutive night. Gibbons was hopeful Smoak would return Friday. Smoak, who is hitting .287 with team highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (84), missed only one of Toronto's 132 games prior to Wednesday.

Orioles: The team has delayed making a decision about when to activate SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) from the disabled list, though it probably won't be later than Monday.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (3-9, 5.40 ERA) starts the second game of the series Friday night. Biagini is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in five appearances (one start) against Baltimore this season.

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (10-9, 4.98 ERA) makes his fifth start against Toronto this season. Baltimore won each of his previous four starts.

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Blue JaysTOR62-72
00205301011112
OriolesBAL68-66
2120100208160
  • W: M. Estrada (7-8)L: J. Hellickson (8-8)S: R. Osuna (35)
  • HR: TOR - K. Morales 3 (25), BAL - A. Jones (26), C. Davis (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Pearce 1B51100011.259.327.455.7822.5
J. Donaldson 3B23100300.257.382.523.9058.0
K. Morales DH54473001.253.311.462.77324.0
J. Bautista RF41000110.204.312.371.6831.5
M. Montero C51220010.232.314.375.6895.5
K. Pillar CF50220011.254.301.402.7034.5
E. Carrera LF30000211.291.368.433.8011.5
D. Barney 2B40000014.216.258.284.542-0.5
R. Goins SS41100002.228.279.339.6183.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham SS51310021.295.340.473.8134.0
    M. Machado 3B41200104.269.321.501.8226.0
    J. Schoop 2B51210004.306.354.542.8964.0
    A. Jones CF52221004.281.319.478.7979.0
    T. Mancini LF50000012.291.340.512.852-0.5
    C. Davis 1B52221011.228.321.446.7668.5
    M. Trumbo DH51210011.241.298.409.7074.5
    W. Castillo C40100012.299.337.497.8330.5
    S. Smith RF40200013.272.357.456.8131.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Pearce (16), J. Donaldson (17), M. Montero (6), K. Pillar (32), R. Goins (17)
      • HR - K. Morales 3 (25)
      • RBI - K. Morales 7 (70), M. Montero 2 (15), K. Pillar 2 (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 7 (33), M. Montero 2 (6), K. Pillar 2 (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trumbo (22)
      • HR - A. Jones (26), C. Davis (22)
      • RBI - T. Beckham (55), J. Schoop (100), A. Jones 2 (68), C. Davis 2 (53), M. Trumbo (58)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Beckham (30), J. Schoop (40), A. Jones 2 (31), M. Trumbo (34)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Machado (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Barney, S. Pearce
      • E - J. Bautista (5), M. Montero (5)
      • PB - M. Montero
      FIELDING
      • DP - T. Beckham, J. Hellickson, C. Davis
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada (W, 7-8)5.010661425.231.457.0
      D. Barnes1.02000003.491.081.0
      D. Leone1.00000002.601.063.0
      R. Tepera0.24220103.491.13-5.5
      R. Osuna (S, 35)1.10000203.320.8611.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Estrada (W, 7-8)5.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      D. Leone1.0
      R. Tepera0.2
      R. Osuna (S, 35)1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hellickson (L, 8-8)4.27774215.151.25-10.0
      R. Bleier1.01110001.901.231.0
      M. Givens2.13332222.691.06-1.0
      D. O'Day1.00000203.861.114.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hellickson (L, 8-8)4.2
      R. Bleier1.0
      M. Givens2.1
      D. O'Day1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 96-70, D. Barnes 16-10, D. Leone 14-10, R. Tepera 22-13, R. Osuna 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 2-9, D. Barnes 1-1, D. Leone 1-2, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, D. Barnes 4, D. Leone 3, R. Tepera 6, R. Osuna 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 88-58, R. Bleier 10-7, M. Givens 41-25, D. O'Day 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-4, R. Bleier 2-1, M. Givens 3-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 24, R. Bleier 4, M. Givens 12, D. O'Day 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      Blue JaysTOR62-72
      00205301011112
      OriolesBAL68-66
      2120100208160
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Pearce 1B51100011.259.327.455.7822.5
      J. Donaldson 3B23100300.257.382.523.9058.0
      K. Morales DH54473001.253.311.462.77324.0
      J. Bautista RF41000110.204.312.371.6831.5
      M. Montero C51220010.232.314.375.6895.5
      K. Pillar CF50220011.254.301.402.7034.5
      E. Carrera LF30000211.291.368.433.8011.5
      D. Barney 2B40000014.216.258.284.542-0.5
      R. Goins SS41100002.228.279.339.6183.0
      Total3711111136610-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. Beckham SS51310021.295.340.473.8134.0
        M. Machado 3B41200104.269.321.501.8226.0
        J. Schoop 2B51210004.306.354.542.8964.0
        A. Jones CF52221004.281.319.478.7979.0
        T. Mancini LF50000012.291.340.512.852-0.5
        C. Davis 1B52221011.228.321.446.7668.5
        M. Trumbo DH51210011.241.298.409.7074.5
        W. Castillo C40100012.299.337.497.8330.5
        S. Smith RF40200013.272.357.456.8131.5
        Total42816721722-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Pearce (16), J. Donaldson (17), M. Montero (6), K. Pillar (32), R. Goins (17)
          • HR - K. Morales 3 (25)
          • RBI - K. Morales 7 (70), M. Montero 2 (15), K. Pillar 2 (36)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Morales 7 (33), M. Montero 2 (6), K. Pillar 2 (13)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Trumbo (22)
          • HR - A. Jones (26), C. Davis (22)
          • RBI - T. Beckham (55), J. Schoop (100), A. Jones 2 (68), C. Davis 2 (53), M. Trumbo (58)
          • 2-Out RBI - T. Beckham (30), J. Schoop (40), A. Jones 2 (31), M. Trumbo (34)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Machado (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Barney, S. Pearce
          • E - J. Bautista (5), M. Montero (5)
          • PB - M. Montero
          FIELDING
          • DP - T. Beckham, J. Hellickson, C. Davis
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Estrada (W, 7-8)5.010661425.231.457.0
          D. Barnes1.02000003.491.081.0
          D. Leone1.00000002.601.063.0
          R. Tepera0.24220103.491.13-5.5
          R. Osuna (S, 35)1.10000203.320.8611.0
          Total9.01688172---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Estrada (W, 7-8)5.0
          D. Barnes1.0
          D. Leone1.0
          R. Tepera0.2
          R. Osuna (S, 35)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hellickson (L, 8-8)4.27774215.151.25-10.0
          R. Bleier1.01110001.901.231.0
          M. Givens2.13332222.691.06-1.0
          D. O'Day1.00000203.861.114.0
          Total9.0111111663---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hellickson (L, 8-8)4.2
          R. Bleier1.0
          M. Givens2.1
          D. O'Day1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 96-70, D. Barnes 16-10, D. Leone 14-10, R. Tepera 22-13, R. Osuna 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 2-9, D. Barnes 1-1, D. Leone 1-2, R. Tepera 1-0, R. Osuna 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 26, D. Barnes 4, D. Leone 3, R. Tepera 6, R. Osuna 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hellickson 88-58, R. Bleier 10-7, M. Givens 41-25, D. O'Day 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hellickson 7-4, R. Bleier 2-1, M. Givens 3-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Hellickson 24, R. Bleier 4, M. Givens 12, D. O'Day 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Schoop reached on an infield single to second, Beckham scored, Machado to second118
            Beckham singled to right, Trumbo scored on right fielder Bautista fielding error117
            Morales homered to center116
          • 6TH INNING
            Morales homered to right center, Pearce and Donaldson scored106
          • 5TH INNING
            Davis homered to right center76
            Pillar doubled to shallow left, Bautista and Montero scored75
            Montero doubled to deep right, Donaldson and Morales scored, Bautista to third55
            Morales singled to left center, Goins scored, Donaldson to second35
          • 3RD INNING
            Trumbo singled to left center, Jones scored25
            Davis grounded out to second, Schoop scored, Jones to third24
            Morales homered to right center, Donaldson scored23
          • 2ND INNING
            Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop, Davis scored, Castillo to second03
          • 1ST INNING
            Jones homered to left, Machado scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Darren O'Day relieved Mychal Givens
            • M. Montero: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Montero flied out to deep center
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carrera struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Osuna Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini flied out to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Trumbo struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Givens Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pearce lined out to right
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Donaldson grounded out to third
            • K. Morales: Ball, Morales homered to center
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Dominic Leone
            • M. Trumbo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo doubled to deep center
            • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo grounded out to third
            • S. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beckham singled to right, Trumbo scored on right fielder Bautista fielding error
            • M. Machado: Machado singled to left, Beckham to second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop reached on an infield single to second, Beckham scored, Machado to second
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Tepera
            • A. Jones: Ball, Machado to third, Schoop to second on passed ball, Jones grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Givens Pitching:
            • M. Montero: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Montero singled to right
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar fouled out to first
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Carrera walked, Montero to second
            • D. Barney: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Barney struck out looking
            • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Dominic Leone relieved Danny Barnes
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Jones flied out to deep center
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Davis flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • R. Bleier Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney flied out to right
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to second
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Pearce doubled to deep left
            • Mychal Givens relieved Richard Bleier
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • K. Morales: Ball, Morales homered to right center, Pearce and Donaldson scored
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Danny Barnes relieved Marco Estrada
            • S. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith singled to shallow right
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham singled to left center, Smith to second
            • M. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Machado grounded into double play second to first, Smith to third, Beckham out at second
            • J. Schoop: Foul, Ball, Schoop flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hellickson Pitching:
            • D. Barney: Strike looking, Barney grounded out to third
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins doubled to right
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales singled to left center, Goins scored, Donaldson to second
            • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked, Donaldson to third, Morales to second
            • M. Montero: Montero doubled to deep right, Donaldson and Morales scored, Bautista to third
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Pillar doubled to shallow left, Bautista and Montero scored
            • Richard Bleier relieved Jeremy Hellickson
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Foul, Carrera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis homered to right center
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hellickson Pitching:
            • M. Montero: Ball, Strike looking, Montero fouled out to first
            • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded out to shortstop
            • E. Carrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Carrera grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • S. Smith: Smith reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Machado singled to left, Smith to second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop fouled out to first
            • A. Jones: Foul, Jones popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hellickson Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goins grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce grounded out to third
            • J. Donaldson: Donaldson doubled to deep left
            • K. Morales: Ball, Foul, Foul, Morales homered to right center, Donaldson scored
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Foul, Schoop singled to left center
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jones singled to right, Schoop to third
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini flied out to right, Jones to second
            • C. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to second, Schoop scored, Jones to third
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Trumbo singled to left center, Jones scored
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castillo flied out to left
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hellickson Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Bautista grounded out to first
            • M. Montero: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Montero struck out swinging
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pillar singled to left center
            • E. Carrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Carrera walked, Pillar to second
            • D. Barney: Foul, Barney flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis singled to right center
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Trumbo flied out to left
            • W. Castillo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Castillo singled to deep right, Davis to third
            • S. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to left
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Beckham reached on an infield single to shortstop, Davis scored, Castillo to second
            • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hellickson Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pearce flied out to right
            • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson walked
            • K. Morales: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Morales grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Donaldson out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • M. Machado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Machado walked
            • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop lined out to right
            • A. Jones: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado to third on catcher Montero fielding error, Foul, Jones homered to left, Machado scored
            • T. Mancini: Foul, Mancini lined out to right
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)