Grichuk hits 2 HRs, Blue Jays end O's 4-game win streak, 5-3

TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Randal Grichuk wanted the Toronto Blue Jays to feel they'd made the right decision in giving him a five-year, $52 million contract.

So far, so good.

Grichuk hit a pair of solo home runs, Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 on Wednesday, avoiding a three-game sweep.

Grichuk, who signed his new contract Tuesday, connected off Jimmy Yacabonis in the third and went deep again off Matt Wotherspoon in the eighth. He has three home runs this season and six career multihomer games.

''Any time a team commits to you like that, you want to go out there and perform well, kind of reassure them that they made a good deal,'' Grichuk said. ''It's definitely satisfying to go out there and have a good game after that.''

Infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. said news of Grichuk's big deal was well received inside Toronto's clubhouse.

''The entire team was very happy,'' Gurriel said through a translator.

Grichuk also doubled and scored in the first. He started in center field in place of Kevin Pillar, who was traded to San Francisco on Tuesday.

Manager Charlie Montoyo said the contract allowed Grichuk to push distractions aside.

''He looked relaxed at the plate,'' Montoyo said. ''He deserves it, he's set for life. It's good for him and it's good for us.''

Shoemaker (2-0) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out eight. He also pitched seven scoreless innings against Detroit last Friday.

''He works every quadrant of the strike zone well, but his split is an equalizer,'' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Shoemaker is the fifth pitcher in Blue Jays history to toss seven scoreless innings and strike out at least seven in back-to-back outings. The others are Tom Candiotti (1991), Roger Clemens (1997 and 1998), Ricky Romero (2009) and Brandon Morrow (2011).

Grichuk said Shoemaker's first two starts with Toronto have been ''phenomenal.''

''He's made hitters off-balance both games for seven full innings each time,'' Grichuk said. ''He's looked really, really good.''

Shoemaker made 21 starts in 2016 and 2017 for the Angels, missing time each year with injuries.

''The biggest thing is being healthy,'' he said of his strong start. ''It's exciting. I know what I'm capable of, I know what I can do. You've just got to be on the field to do it.''

The Orioles, who had won four in row, rallied in the ninth on Trey Mancini's third homer. His three-run shot came off Daniel Hudson and was his third of the year.

Ken Giles got two outs for his second save in as many chances.

Right-hander Nate Karns (0-1) opened for Baltimore. He allowed three hits and one unearned run in two innings.

Grichuk scored in the first when third baseman Rio Ruiz made an errant throw to first on Teoscar Hernandez's infield single. Toronto's two hits in the first were one more than they'd picked up over 55 at-bats through the first three innings of their previous six games this season.

Gurriel had a two-run double off Wotherspoon in the eighth.

The finale of a sparsely attended series drew 11,436. A total of 34,006 people came to the three games.

BUSTED BELT

Baltimore's Renato Nunez damaged his belt diving back to first base on a pickoff play in the second and had to have a replacement sent out from the bench.

MANCINI MASHING

Mancini is hitting .417 (10 for 24) with eight RBIs this, and has at least one hit in all six games so far.

SLUMP OVER

Gurriel snapped a career-worst 0-for-25 skid with an infield single in the second.

SERVE IT UP

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu threw out the first pitch.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb (right groin) will be activated off the 10-day injured list to start Thursday's home opener against the Yankees. ... RHP Pedro Araujo was designated for assignment and Wotherspoon was selected from Triple-A Norfolk. He made his major league debut in the seventh. Wotherspoon was optioned back to Triple-A following his two-inning stint.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Cobb was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against the Yankees last season.

Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-0) starts the opener of the four-game series in Cleveland. Sanchez is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA in three career starts against the Indians.

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  • W: M. Shoemaker (2-0)L: N. Karns (0-1)S: K. Giles (2)
  • HR: BAL - T. Mancini (3), TOR - R. Grichuk 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Mullins CF40000001.059.158.059.2170.0
D. Smith LF41100010.333.360.375.7351.5
J. Villar 2B-SS41100010.320.346.560.9061.5
T. Mancini RF41131010.417.400.8331.2337.5
R. Nunez DH30000030.133.278.333.611-1.5
R. Ruiz 3B40100020.217.250.304.5541.0
C. Davis 1B20000110.000.222.000.2220.5
P. Severino C30200002.286.286.286.5712.0
R. Martin SS20000011.071.235.071.307-0.5
a- J. Rickard PH10000001.214.353.571.9240.0
H. Alberto 2B00000000.600.600.6001.2000.0
  • a-popped out for Martin in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. McKinney RF40000012.111.200.111.311-0.5
R. Grichuk CF43322001.238.333.7621.09515.0
J. Smoak DH30000111.200.310.320.6300.5
T. Hernandez LF31100101.167.310.250.5603.0
R. Tellez 1B41100011.286.412.7141.1261.5
L. Gurriel 2B40220000.105.150.158.3084.0
F. Galvis SS30000011.286.286.476.762-0.5
R. Urena 3B30100010.500.500.6671.1670.5
L. Maile C30200001.286.375.429.8043.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Ruiz (2)
    • HR - T. Mancini (3)
    • RBI - T. Mancini 3 (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins, J. Rickard
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Grichuk (2), L. Gurriel, L. Maile
    • HR - R. Grichuk 2 (3)
    • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (4), L. Gurriel 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk, L. Gurriel 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, R. Tellez, L. Maile
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - R. Nunez
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - L. Gurriel
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - D. Smith
    • DP - 2 (Severino-Martin; Yacabonis-Davis)
    • E - R. Ruiz
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Urena-Gurriel)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Karns (L, 0-1)2.03100400.001.750.0
    J. Yacabonis2.13111013.381.691.0
    R. Bleier1.20000109.001.673.5
    M. Wotherspoon2.043310113.502.50-2.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Karns (L, 0-1)2.0
    J. Yacabonis2.1
    R. Bleier1.2
    M. Wotherspoon2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Shoemaker (W, 2-0)7.02001800.000.5032.0
    J. Biagini (H, 2)1.01000000.000.462.0
    D. Hudson0.133300113.501.80-6.0
    K. Giles (S, 2)0.20000200.000.558.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Shoemaker (W, 2-0)7.0
    J. Biagini (H, 2)1.0
    D. Hudson0.1
    K. Giles (S, 2)0.2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 32-23, J. Yacabonis 41-25, R. Bleier 14-11, M. Wotherspoon 36-22
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yacabonis 1-5, R. Bleier 1-3, M. Wotherspoon 2-3
    • Batters Faced - N. Karns 8, J. Yacabonis 10, R. Bleier 5, M. Wotherspoon 10
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Shoemaker
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 92-63, J. Biagini 22-15, D. Hudson 19-11, K. Giles 9-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 7-4, J. Biagini 1-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 23, J. Biagini 4, D. Hudson 4, K. Giles 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BAL4-2
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Mullins CF40000001.059.158.059.2170.0
    D. Smith LF41100010.333.360.375.7351.5
    J. Villar 2B-SS41100010.320.346.560.9061.5
    T. Mancini RF41131010.417.400.8331.2337.5
    R. Nunez DH30000030.133.278.333.611-1.5
    R. Ruiz 3B40100020.217.250.304.5541.0
    C. Davis 1B20000110.000.222.000.2220.5
    P. Severino C30200002.286.286.286.5712.0
    R. Martin SS20000011.071.235.071.307-0.5
    a- J. Rickard PH10000001.214.353.571.9240.0
    H. Alberto 2B00000000.600.600.6001.2000.0
    Total3136311105-----
    • a-popped out for Martin in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. McKinney RF40000012.111.200.111.311-0.5
    R. Grichuk CF43322001.238.333.7621.09515.0
    J. Smoak DH30000111.200.310.320.6300.5
    T. Hernandez LF31100101.167.310.250.5603.0
    R. Tellez 1B41100011.286.412.7141.1261.5
    L. Gurriel 2B40220000.105.150.158.3084.0
    F. Galvis SS30000011.286.286.476.762-0.5
    R. Urena 3B30100010.500.500.6671.1670.5
    L. Maile C30200001.286.375.429.8043.0
    Total3151042258-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Ruiz (2)
      • HR - T. Mancini (3)
      • RBI - T. Mancini 3 (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Mullins, J. Rickard
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grichuk (2), L. Gurriel, L. Maile
      • HR - R. Grichuk 2 (3)
      • RBI - R. Grichuk 2 (4), L. Gurriel 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Grichuk, L. Gurriel 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk, T. Hernandez, R. Tellez, L. Maile
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Nunez
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Gurriel
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. Smith
      • DP - 2 (Severino-Martin; Yacabonis-Davis)
      • E - R. Ruiz
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Urena-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Karns (L, 0-1)2.03100400.001.750.0
      J. Yacabonis2.13111013.381.691.0
      R. Bleier1.20000109.001.673.5
      M. Wotherspoon2.043310113.502.50-2.0
      Total8.01054252---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Karns (L, 0-1)2.0
      J. Yacabonis2.1
      R. Bleier1.2
      M. Wotherspoon2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Shoemaker (W, 2-0)7.02001800.000.5032.0
      J. Biagini (H, 2)1.01000000.000.462.0
      D. Hudson0.133300113.501.80-6.0
      K. Giles (S, 2)0.20000200.000.558.0
      Total9.06331101---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Shoemaker (W, 2-0)7.0
      J. Biagini (H, 2)1.0
      D. Hudson0.1
      K. Giles (S, 2)0.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Karns 32-23, J. Yacabonis 41-25, R. Bleier 14-11, M. Wotherspoon 36-22
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Yacabonis 1-5, R. Bleier 1-3, M. Wotherspoon 2-3
      • Batters Faced - N. Karns 8, J. Yacabonis 10, R. Bleier 5, M. Wotherspoon 10
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Shoemaker
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 92-63, J. Biagini 22-15, D. Hudson 19-11, K. Giles 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 7-4, J. Biagini 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 23, J. Biagini 4, D. Hudson 4, K. Giles 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Mancini homered to center, Smith and Villar scored35
      • 8TH INNING
        Gurriel doubled to left, Hernandez and Tellez scored, Gurriel out at third05
        Grichuk homered to left03
      • 3RD INNING
        Grichuk homered to left center02
      • 1ST INNING
        Hernandez reached on an infield single to third, Grichuk scored, Hernandez to second on 3rd baseman Ruiz throwing error01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Joe Biagini
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mullins flied out to left
        • D. Smith: Ball, Smith reached on an infield single to first
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to shallow left, Smith to second
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mancini homered to center, Smith and Villar scored
        • Ken Giles relieved Daniel Hudson
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Biagini relieved Matt Shoemaker
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ruiz grounded out to third
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis lined out to right
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Severino singled to shallow left
        • Joey Rickard hit for Richie Martin
        • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rickard popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hanser Alberto at second base
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, McKinney grounded out to first
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike swinging, Grichuk homered to left
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Smoak grounded out to first
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Tellez singled to shallow left center, Hernandez to second
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel doubled to left, Hernandez and Tellez scored, Gurriel out at third
        • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Villar struck out on foul tip
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini flied out to left
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Wotherspoon relieved Richard Bleier
        • L. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel popped out to second
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Galvis lined out to first
        • R. Urena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Urena singled to shallow right
        • L. Maile: Maile lined out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Martin grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Mullins: Strike swinging, Ball, Mullins grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith lined out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Bleier Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Smoak grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to deep right
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez lined out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Nunez struck out on foul tip
        • R. Ruiz: Strike looking, Foul, Ruiz doubled to deep center
        • C. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Severino lined out to third, Ruiz out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • R. Urena: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Urena fouled out to third
        • L. Maile: Ball, Maile doubled to right
        • Richard Bleier relieved Jimmy Yacabonis
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, McKinney struck out swinging
        • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Grichuk lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to first
        • J. Villar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Villar flied out to deep left
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Yacabonis Pitching:
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Tellez flied out to center
        • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • F. Galvis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Galvis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Severino singled to shallow left
        • R. Martin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
        • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mullins grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jimmy Yacabonis relieved Nate Karns
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Maile reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. McKinney: McKinney lined out to pitcher, Maile out at first
        • R. Grichuk: Ball, Grichuk homered to left center
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Hernandez flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike swinging, Mancini grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nunez hit by pitch
        • R. Ruiz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Nunez caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Ruiz struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging, Gurriel caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • R. Urena: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
        • C. Mullins: Mullins grounded out to first
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • J. Villar: Villar grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Karns Pitching:
        • B. McKinney: Strike looking, Strike looking, McKinney flied out to left
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk doubled to right
        • J. Smoak: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Hernandez reached on an infield single to third, Grichuk scored, Hernandez to second on 3rd baseman Ruiz throwing error
        • R. Tellez: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)