Solarte hits go-ahead homer, Blue Jays sweep woeful Orioles

TORONTO (AP) Yangervis Solarte broke out of his slump in a big way.

Solarte hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Baltimore 5-4 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep of the struggling Orioles.

''We did the little things in that inning and we're happy that we got that win,'' Solarte said through a translator.

Hitless in 19 at-bats coming in, Solarte went 2 for 4 with three RBIs. His fourth-inning double was his first extra-base hit since July 4.

Randal Grichuk also homered in Toronto's four-run eighth, a drive into the third deck off Brad Brach.

''I feel like we're taking good at(equals)bats, putting good swings on balls,'' Grichuk said. ''I'm definitely liking where we're at coming off the break.''

Toronto is 9-1 against the Orioles this season, including seven straight wins.

Baltimore has lost 20 of its last 25 and is a big league-worst 28-72. The Orioles were swept in a three-game series for the eighth time this season and have been swept in three four-game series, including at Toronto in early June.

''We're juggling a lot of balls here,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''You're jugging trades, you're juggling development, you're juggling trying to win games.''

Toronto trailed 4-1 before Grichuk homered off Brach. Justin Smoak singled, Kendrys Morales grounded out and Showalter brought in left-hander Tanner Scott (1-2) to face Solarte, who connected on a 3-1 fastball for his 17th home run and seventh go-ahead drive.

John Axford (4-1) won despite a two-run top of the eighth that included Renato Nunez's RBI double and a run-scoring error by second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who collided with shortstop Aledmus Diaz on Trey Mancini's grounder near the second-base bag. Tyler Clippard finished for his seventh save in 13 chances.

Jonathan Schoop hit a solo home run for the Orioles, and Trumbo had two hits and reached base three times.

Toronto's J.A. Happ struck out six of his first eight batters and nine over five innings. Winless in a season-high four straight starts, he allowed one run and four hits.

''The changeup was big today,'' Happ said. ''I got a lot of swings on that.''

Making his first start since July 10 after recovering from a strained neck, Andrew Cashner allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Solarte hit an RBI double in the fourth, but Baltimore took a 2-1 lead on Jace Peterson's run-scoring single in the fifth and Schoop's home run of Joe Biagini in the sixth.

BICKERING BIRDS

Unaware that he was on a pitch count, Cashner reacted angrily when Showalter came out to remove him. The two had a brief postgame chat. ''It's his decision,'' Cashner said. ''I have to respect that. I've just got to make pitches.''

ELITE COMPANY

Happ and Houston's Justin Verlander are the only two big league pitchers to strike out nine and walk none on four occasions this season. The only other Blue Jays player to have four such games in a season was Roger Clemens, who did it five times in 1997.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: Baltimore optioned LHP Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for Cashner. ... OF Adam Jones and 1B Chris Davis got the day off.

Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (strained left gluteal muscle) is to make a rehab start at Double-A New Hampshire on Monday. The Blue Jays had hoped Estrada would come off the 10-day DL Monday to start against Minnesota. ... Toronto activated Gurriel Jr. off the 7-day concussion DL and optioned INF Richard Urena to Triple-A Buffalo.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33) starts the opener of a three-game home series against AL East-leading Boston. RHP Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13) starts for the Red Sox.

Blue Jays: RHP reliever Luis Santos (0-0, 7.88) will start Monday's game against the Twins. LHP Adalberto Mejia is expected to be promoted from Triple-A Rochester to start for Minnesota. Mejia has made one start for the Twins this season.

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BAL28-72
000011020490
TOR46-52
00010004X5101
  • W: J. Axford (4-1)L: T. Scott (1-2)S: T. Clippard (7)
  • HR: BAL - J. Schoop (12), TOR - Y. Solarte (17), R. Grichuk (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
T. Beckham SS40000023.209.262.305.5670.0
J. Rickard CF50000011.193.261.349.609-0.5
J. Schoop 2B52211021.231.264.403.6677.0
D. Valencia RF40100031.250.305.415.7200.5
M. Trumbo DH31200101.252.313.447.7615.0
R. Nunez 3B41110013.170.231.298.5293.5
T. Mancini 1B40100021.218.291.362.6530.0
C. Joseph C40100034.211.248.359.6070.5
J. Peterson LF40110011.196.313.341.6531.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson RF41000012.230.337.417.7540.5
    R. Grichuk CF41221000.213.279.460.7399.0
    J. Smoak 1B40100011.243.362.473.8350.5
    D. Travis PR-2B01000000.240.294.393.6871.0
    K. Morales DH31200100.245.324.429.7524.0
    Y. Solarte 3B-1B41231003.239.295.424.72010.0
    R. Martin C40000012.181.324.296.621-0.5
    D. Smith LF20100000.300.383.575.9581.0
    a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000010.252.302.502.803-0.5
    A. Diaz SS-3B30000001.254.289.417.7050.0
    L. Gurriel 2B-SS30200000.281.299.412.7112.0
    • a-struck out for D. Smith in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Valencia (8), M. Trumbo (12), R. Nunez (3), C. Joseph (11)
    • HR - J. Schoop (12)
    • RBI - J. Schoop (27), R. Nunez (3), J. Peterson (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (2), J. Peterson (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grichuk (13), Y. Solarte (19)
    • HR - R. Grichuk (13), Y. Solarte (17)
    • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (32), Y. Solarte 3 (51)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 3 (27)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Beckham-Schoop-Mancini; Schoop-Mancini)
    FIELDING
    • E - L. Gurriel (7)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cashner5.26111204.401.508.0
    P. Fry (H, 2)0.20000001.690.940.0
    M. Givens (H, 14)0.20000104.501.400.5
    B. Brach (H, 3)0.23330014.971.74-6.0
    T. Scott (L, 1-2) (BS, 3)0.11110116.671.73-6.5
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cashner5.2
    P. Fry (H, 2)0.2
    M. Givens (H, 14)0.2
    B. Brach (H, 3)0.2
    T. Scott (L, 1-2) (BS, 3)0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ5.04110904.181.1814.5
    J. Biagini1.02110015.731.610.0
    J. Petricka1.01000303.201.583.5
    J. Axford (W, 4-1)1.02211204.051.267.0
    T. Clippard (S, 7)1.00000103.611.1210.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ5.0
    J. Biagini1.0
    J. Petricka1.0
    J. Axford (W, 4-1)1.0
    T. Clippard (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 79-51, P. Fry 6-3, M. Givens 8-6, B. Brach 19-10, T. Scott 10-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-6, P. Fry 1-1, B. Brach 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 22, P. Fry 2, M. Givens 2, B. Brach 5, T. Scott 2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Clippard (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-64, J. Biagini 17-10, J. Petricka 16-13, J. Axford 28-17, T. Clippard 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-2, J. Biagini 1-2, J. Axford 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, J. Biagini 5, J. Petricka 4, J. Axford 7, T. Clippard 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BAL28-72
    000011020490
    TOR46-52
    00010004X5101
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. Beckham SS40000023.209.262.305.5670.0
    J. Rickard CF50000011.193.261.349.609-0.5
    J. Schoop 2B52211021.231.264.403.6677.0
    D. Valencia RF40100031.250.305.415.7200.5
    M. Trumbo DH31200101.252.313.447.7615.0
    R. Nunez 3B41110013.170.231.298.5293.5
    T. Mancini 1B40100021.218.291.362.6530.0
    C. Joseph C40100034.211.248.359.6070.5
    J. Peterson LF40110011.196.313.341.6531.5
    Total37493111516-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      C. Granderson RF41000012.230.337.417.7540.5
      R. Grichuk CF41221000.213.279.460.7399.0
      J. Smoak 1B40100011.243.362.473.8350.5
      D. Travis PR-2B01000000.240.294.393.6871.0
      K. Morales DH31200100.245.324.429.7524.0
      Y. Solarte 3B-1B41231003.239.295.424.72010.0
      R. Martin C40000012.181.324.296.621-0.5
      D. Smith LF20100000.300.383.575.9581.0
      a- T. Hernandez PH-LF10000010.252.302.502.803-0.5
      A. Diaz SS-3B30000001.254.289.417.7050.0
      L. Gurriel 2B-SS30200000.281.299.412.7112.0
      Total3251052149-----
      HITTERSAB
      C. Granderson RF4
      R. Grichuk CF4
      J. Smoak 1B4
      D. Travis PR-2B0
      K. Morales DH3
      Y. Solarte 3B-1B4
      R. Martin C4
      D. Smith LF2
      a- T. Hernandez PH-LF1
      A. Diaz SS-3B3
      L. Gurriel 2B-SS3
      Total32
      • a-struck out for D. Smith in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Valencia (8), M. Trumbo (12), R. Nunez (3), C. Joseph (11)
      • HR - J. Schoop (12)
      • RBI - J. Schoop (27), R. Nunez (3), J. Peterson (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Nunez (2), J. Peterson (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk (13), Y. Solarte (19)
      • HR - R. Grichuk (13), Y. Solarte (17)
      • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (32), Y. Solarte 3 (51)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 3 (27)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Beckham-Schoop-Mancini; Schoop-Mancini)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Gurriel (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cashner5.26111204.401.508.0
      P. Fry (H, 2)0.20000001.690.940.0
      M. Givens (H, 14)0.20000104.501.400.5
      B. Brach (H, 3)0.23330014.971.74-6.0
      T. Scott (L, 1-2) (BS, 3)0.11110116.671.73-6.5
      Total8.01055142---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cashner5.2
      P. Fry (H, 2)0.2
      M. Givens (H, 14)0.2
      B. Brach (H, 3)0.2
      T. Scott (L, 1-2) (BS, 3)0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ5.04110904.181.1814.5
      J. Biagini1.02110015.731.610.0
      J. Petricka1.01000303.201.583.5
      J. Axford (W, 4-1)1.02211204.051.267.0
      T. Clippard (S, 7)1.00000103.611.1210.5
      Total9.09431151---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ5.0
      J. Biagini1.0
      J. Petricka1.0
      J. Axford (W, 4-1)1.0
      T. Clippard (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cashner 79-51, P. Fry 6-3, M. Givens 8-6, B. Brach 19-10, T. Scott 10-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cashner 7-6, P. Fry 1-1, B. Brach 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cashner 22, P. Fry 2, M. Givens 2, B. Brach 5, T. Scott 2
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Clippard (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-64, J. Biagini 17-10, J. Petricka 16-13, J. Axford 28-17, T. Clippard 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 4-2, J. Biagini 1-2, J. Axford 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 19, J. Biagini 5, J. Petricka 4, J. Axford 7, T. Clippard 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Solarte homered to left center, Travis scored45
        Grichuk homered to left, Granderson scored43
        Mancini safe at first on shortstop Gurriel fielding error, Trumbo scored, Nunez to third41
        Nunez doubled to left, Schoop scored, Trumbo to third31
      • 6TH INNING
        Schoop homered to left21
      • 5TH INNING
        Peterson singled to right, Nunez scored, Mancini to third11
      • 4TH INNING
        Solarte doubled to deep left, Morales scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tyler Clippard relieved John Axford
        • J. Peterson: Peterson flied out to left
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Beckham hit by pitch
        • J. Rickard: Ball, Rickard lined out to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Schoop struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • John Axford relieved Jake Petricka
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Rickard grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Schoop: Schoop singled to right
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trumbo walked, Schoop to second
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez doubled to left, Schoop scored, Trumbo to third
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mancini safe at first on shortstop Gurriel fielding error, Trumbo scored, Nunez to third
        • Ca. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Brad Brach relieved Mychal Givens
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gurriel singled to right
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Granderson reached on fielder's choice to second, Gurriel out at second
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Grichuk homered to left, Granderson scored
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak reached on an infield single to third
        • Devon Travis ran for Justin Smoak
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales grounded out to first, Travis to second
        • Tanner Scott relieved Brad Brach
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Solarte homered to left center, Travis scored
        • R. Martin: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jake Petricka relieved Joe Biagini
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • Ca. Joseph: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Joseph doubled to deep left
        • J. Peterson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Peterson struck out looking
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Fry Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin lined out to center
        • Teoscar Hernandez hit for Dwight Smith
        • Mychal Givens relieved Paul Fry
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • A. Diaz: Strike swinging, Diaz lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Joe Biagini relieved J.A. Happ
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rickard grounded out to catcher
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Schoop homered to left
        • D. Valencia: Valencia doubled to deep left
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Strike looking, Trumbo flied out to deep right, Valencia to third
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Nunez popped out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Granderson lined out to right
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Grichuk doubled to left center
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Foul, Smoak flied out to deep left, Grichuk to third
        • K. Morales: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • Paul Fry relieved Andrew Cashner
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Trumbo reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez reached on fielder's choice to third, Trumbo out at second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mancini singled to right, Nunez to second
        • Ca. Joseph: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • J. Peterson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peterson singled to right, Nunez scored, Mancini to third
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • Dw. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith singled to center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Diaz grounded into double play second to first, Smith out at second
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Schoop grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Valencia struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Grichuk grounded out to third
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep center
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morales singled to center
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte doubled to deep left, Morales scored
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • Ca. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
        • J. Peterson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Peterson grounded out to first
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • Dw. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Smith flied out to deep center
        • A. Diaz: Diaz lined out to left
        • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel singled to right
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Trumbo doubled to deep center
        • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales singled to center
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Solarte lined out to center
        • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Morales out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • J. Rickard: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rickard grounded out to third
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Schoop struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cashner Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson grounded out to second
        • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Grichuk grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)