Stroman pitches 7 sharp innings, Jays beat Orioles 4-1

TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up hits to the first three Baltimore batters Saturday.

The Orioles got just two more hits the rest of the afternoon.

Stroman pitched seven sharp innings for his second win in three starts and Toronto beat Baltimore 4-1 for its sixth straight victory over the struggling Orioles.

''He started working both sides of the plate with his sinker and I think that threw them off a little bit, especially late in counts,'' Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile said. ''Overall it was just kind of vintage Stroman.''

Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb picked up his major league-worst 13th loss. The Orioles dropped to 1-8 against Toronto this season.

''I absolutely hate seeing that win-loss in parentheses next to my name,'' Cobb said. ''It's sickening.''

Stroman (3-7) allowed one run and five hits. He threw a season-high 107 pitches, the first time this season he has topped 100.

Stroman is 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in five starts since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month. He went 0-5 in seven starts before the injury.

''Since he's come back from the DL he's been really good,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''I just think he's pitching like he's always pitched.''

Stroman said he's focused on forgetting his early season struggles.

''I know I didn't have the first half I wanted but I've always been someone who prides myself on the second half and finishing strong,'' Stroman said. ''That's something I'll look to continue to do this year.''

Friend and teammate Devon Travis likes what he's seen from Stroman since the right-hander returned from injury.

''He's got that fire back,'' Travis said. ''He's really under control. I think he's locking in on every single pitch.''

Seunghwan Oh worked the eighth and Ryan Tepera finished for his seventh save in 12 opportunities.

Baltimore scored one run or fewer for the 27th time, the most in the majors.

The first three Orioles batters all singled, although Jonathan Schoop was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. After Adam Jones gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead with an RBI hit to right, Mark Trumbo grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Blue Jays answered with a three-run fourth against Cobb, taking advantage of a key Orioles error.

Justin Smoak opened the inning with a walk and, following a video review, was ruled safe at second after Cobb's high throw pulled shortstop Tim Beckham off the base on at attempted force play.

''That's not it in a nutshell but I can understand why that's the focus, a play we haven't been making,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Randal Grichuk followed with an RBI double, a second run scored on Diaz's double play grounder, and Maile capped the rally with an RBI single.

Diaz had four hits Friday, including the game-winning single in the 10th. He went 2 for 3 Saturday with a pair of singles.

The Blue Jays made it 4-1 in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez doubled, advanced on a fly ball and scored on Cobb's balk.

Cobb (2-13) lost his sixth straight decision, allowing four runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings. Showalter said Cobb was removed to avoid worsening a blister on his pitching hand.

''I was only going to have a few more pitches going into the sixth so he felt like the risk-reward was not really worth it,'' Cobb said.

Grichuk made the defensive play of the game, a running catch on the warning track in left center to retire Trumbo for the first out of the ninth.

GOING DOWN?

Jones and Chris Davis got stuck in an elevator at the team's downtown hotel following Friday night's defeat. Jones documented much of the saga on Instagram. The players and fellow passengers were eventually rescued by Toronto Fire Services staff. The sound system at Rogers Centre played a few bars of Aerosmith's `Love in an Elevator' before Jones batted in the fourth inning Saturday.

NO HOMERS

Toronto won without hitting a home run for just the third time in 26 games this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Baltimore is expected to demote a reliever when RHP Andrew Cashner (neck) is activated off the 10-day disabled list Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cashner (2-9, 4.56) last pitched July 10, when he allowed five runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings against the Yankees. Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (10-6, 4.29) is 0-3 with a 9.75 ERA in three July starts.

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  • W: M. Stroman (3-7)L: A. Cobb (2-13)S: R. Tepera (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Beckham SS41200001.214.263.312.5763.0
J. Schoop 2B40100012.229.262.394.6560.5
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M. Trumbo DH30000112.247.307.440.7470.5
C. Davis 1B30000021.157.232.280.5120.0
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R. Nunez 3B30000012.163.229.279.508-0.5
J. Rickard RF30000020.202.272.365.637-1.0
A. Wynns C20000100.179.207.286.4931.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF40000020.234.342.424.766-1.0
    T. Hernandez LF41100020.253.303.503.8062.0
    J. Smoak 1B21000201.243.363.476.8393.0
    Y. Solarte 3B41000011.236.293.413.7060.5
    R. Grichuk CF41110010.208.275.440.7153.5
    K. Morales DH10000200.240.318.426.7432.0
    A. Diaz SS30200000.257.292.422.7142.0
    L. Maile C30210003.239.327.370.6973.0
    D. Travis 2B30000011.240.294.393.687-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Jones (27)
      • RBI - A. Jones (37)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Hernandez (21), R. Grichuk (12)
      • RBI - R. Grichuk (30), L. Maile (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Rickard (5)
      • DP - 2 (Nunez-Schoop-Davis; Nunez-Schoop-Davis)
      • E - T. Beckham (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (8)
      • DP - (Travis-Diaz-Smoak)
      • PB - L. Maile (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (L, 2-13)5.04413406.171.574.0
      M. Wright1.02000004.751.701.0
      T. Scott1.00000306.431.714.5
      Z. Britton1.00001003.451.342.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (L, 2-13)5.0
      M. Wright1.0
      T. Scott1.0
      Z. Britton1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Stroman (W, 3-7)7.05112705.421.4526.5
      S. Oh (H, 13)1.00000002.741.023.0
      R. Tepera (S, 7)1.00000202.811.1511.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Stroman (W, 3-7)7.0
      S. Oh (H, 13)1.0
      R. Tepera (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 88-54, M. Wright 18-15, T. Scott 12-9, Z. Britton 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-5, Z. Britton 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 22, M. Wright 4, T. Scott 3, Z. Britton 3
      • Balks - A. Cobb
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Stroman
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 107-71, S. Oh 10-6, R. Tepera 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 27, S. Oh 3, R. Tepera 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      T. Beckham SS41200001.214.263.312.5763.0
      J. Schoop 2B40100012.229.262.394.6560.5
      A. Jones CF40210000.277.303.425.7284.0
      M. Trumbo DH30000112.247.307.440.7470.5
      C. Davis 1B30000021.157.232.280.5120.0
      T. Mancini LF40000023.217.291.363.655-1.0
      R. Nunez 3B30000012.163.229.279.508-0.5
      J. Rickard RF30000020.202.272.365.637-1.0
      A. Wynns C20000100.179.207.286.4931.0
      Total3015102911-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Granderson RF40000020.234.342.424.766-1.0
        T. Hernandez LF41100020.253.303.503.8062.0
        J. Smoak 1B21000201.243.363.476.8393.0
        Y. Solarte 3B41000011.236.293.413.7060.5
        R. Grichuk CF41110010.208.275.440.7153.5
        K. Morales DH10000200.240.318.426.7432.0
        A. Diaz SS30200000.257.292.422.7142.0
        L. Maile C30210003.239.327.370.6973.0
        D. Travis 2B30000011.240.294.393.687-0.5
        Total284620476-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Jones (27)
          • RBI - A. Jones (37)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Hernandez (21), R. Grichuk (12)
          • RBI - R. Grichuk (30), L. Maile (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Maile (10)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Rickard (5)
          • DP - 2 (Nunez-Schoop-Davis; Nunez-Schoop-Davis)
          • E - T. Beckham (9)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - T. Hernandez (8)
          • DP - (Travis-Diaz-Smoak)
          • PB - L. Maile (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Cobb (L, 2-13)5.04413406.171.574.0
          M. Wright1.02000004.751.701.0
          T. Scott1.00000306.431.714.5
          Z. Britton1.00001003.451.342.0
          Total8.0641470---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Cobb (L, 2-13)5.0
          M. Wright1.0
          T. Scott1.0
          Z. Britton1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Stroman (W, 3-7)7.05112705.421.4526.5
          S. Oh (H, 13)1.00000002.741.023.0
          R. Tepera (S, 7)1.00000202.811.1511.0
          Total9.0511290---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Stroman (W, 3-7)7.0
          S. Oh (H, 13)1.0
          R. Tepera (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 88-54, M. Wright 18-15, T. Scott 12-9, Z. Britton 13-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 6-5, Z. Britton 2-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 22, M. Wright 4, T. Scott 3, Z. Britton 3
          • Balks - A. Cobb
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Stroman
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Stroman 107-71, S. Oh 10-6, R. Tepera 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Stroman 9-3
          • Batters Faced - M. Stroman 27, S. Oh 3, R. Tepera 3
          • 5TH INNING
            Hernandez scored on balk14
          • 4TH INNING
            Maile singled to shallow center, Grichuk scored13
            Diaz grounded into double play third to second to first, Solarte scored, Grichuk to third, Morales out at second12
            Grichuk doubled to deep right, Smoak scored, Solarte to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Jones singled to shallow right center, Beckham scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan Tepera relieved Seung-Hwan Oh
            • M. Trumbo: Ball, Trumbo flied out to center
            • C. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Seung-Hwan Oh relieved Marcus Stroman
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham flied out to deep center
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Schoop fouled out to first
            • A. Jones: Ball, Jones flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Zach Britton relieved Tanner Scott
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte grounded into double play third to second to first, Smoak out at second
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • J. Rickard: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Rickard struck out on foul tip
            • A. Wynns: Ball, Strike swinging, Wynns flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tanner Scott relieved Mike Wright
            • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Travis struck out on foul tip
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones lined out to right
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo walked
            • C. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Davis reached on fielder's choice to second, Trumbo out at second
            • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Mike Wright relieved Alex Cobb
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk flied out to right
            • K. Morales: Morales flied out to deep right
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Diaz singled to shallow center
            • L. Maile: Strike swinging, Maile singled to shallow right, Diaz out at third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rickard grounded out to third
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Wynns grounded out to pitcher
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beckham singled to shallow center
            • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson lined out to right
            • T. Hernandez: Hernandez doubled to deep right center
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak flied out to center, Hernandez to third
            • Y. Solarte: Foul, Hernandez scored on balk, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • A. Jones: Ball, Ball, Jones doubled to shallow left
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
            • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis hit by pitch
            • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones to third on passed ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smoak walked
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Solarte reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Smoak to second on shortstop Beckham fielding error
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk doubled to deep right, Smoak scored, Solarte to third
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Morales walked
            • A. Diaz: Diaz grounded into double play third to second to first, Solarte scored, Grichuk to third, Morales out at second
            • L. Maile: Foul, Foul, Ball, Maile singled to shallow center, Grichuk scored
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Travis flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • J. Rickard: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
            • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Wynns walked
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Wynns out at second
            • J. Schoop: Schoop grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Travis grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Granderson lined out to second
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • C. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Mancini grounded out to first
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Solarte flied out to left
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Morales walked
            • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz singled to right, Morales to third
            • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Maile grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Stroman Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham singled to left center
            • J. Schoop: Ball, Schoop singled to deep left, Beckham to third, Schoop out at second
            • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to shallow right center, Beckham scored
            • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Trumbo grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jones out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cobb Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)