BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter generally doesn’t like wearing his uniform top. It’s not comfortable for him. Monday night was different.
Showalter proudly showed off the white “Baltimore” jersey he wore. And, a solid Orioles win made the night even better.
"I liked it. Really like the part that says 'Baltimore.' Good looking. I wasn't sure if they made one for me. A guy my age, you have to make sure things fit. How did I look?” Showalter said.
“I'm very proud of Baltimore. …Everybody wore it. And it fit."
Showalter’s team, the one that made national news for playing a game without any fans and had three home games relocated was back at home after losing five of six in New York.
The Orioles got a strong outing from Ubaldo Jimenez and three home runs as they beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 before 20,468 at Oriole Park on Monday night.
Manny Machado hit his first leadoff home run off Marco Estrada. It was his sixth of the season, and the crowd fed off the homer and the uniforms.
“It was awesome. We’re representing the city every day when we go out there, so to have it across our chests today, it meant a lot to us and we were just trying to rep the city the right way and show them who they are,” Machado said.
Chris Davis added his seventh, a long two-run shot to give the Jimenez and Orioles (14-16) a 3-0 lead.
“He’s been throwing the ball so well lately. As an offense, we just want to go out there and scratch a few runs as early as we can, give a little bit of breathing room to him,” Davis said.
Somehow, Estrada (1-2) made it through five innings without giving up another run, though he had baserunners in each inning.
Jimenez (3-2) finally gave up his first earned run of the season at home in his 19th inning when Kevin Pillar and Ezequiel Carrera hit back-to-back doubles in the fifth.
He struck out the side in the first and fourth, and fanned Russell Martin for the third time and Edwin Encarnacion for the second to end the sixth.
Encarnacion was so frustrated that his bat flew out of his hand.
The Orioles added their fourth run in the sixth against Jeff Francis. Davis and Steve Pearce singled. David Lough was hit by a pitch, and Caleb Joseph flied to center to score Davis.
Ryan Flaherty, who spent 15 days on the disabled list with a sore right groin, came out of the game in the third inning. Pearce replaced him.
“It’s not pain or anything like that. It’s just something that I haven’t dealt with before and it just feels like a grabbing sensation sometimes,” Flaherty said.
Flaherty will have an MRI on Tuesday.
With Everth Cabrera and Jonathan Schoop both on the disabled list, the Orioles will probably call up Rey Navarro if Flaherty goes back on the DL. Navarro was summoned when Flaherty was initially hurt.
Jimenez finished by giving up another run in the seventh. With one out, he walked Chris Colabello. Pillar bounced to third, and Machado got the second out by throwing to Pearce. Pillar was called out at first, but after Toronto (16-17) manager John Gibbons lobbied for a review, the call was overturned.
Gibbons had unsuccessfully challenged a call earlier in the game, and after the change, Carrera doubled to left. Delmon Young ran down Ryan Goins fly ball to end Jimenez’s night.
“He saved my game,” Jimenez said. “That was a great catch.”
Jimenez allowed two runs on nine hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out nine.
Adam Jones hit a long home run to left in the seventh, his sixth.
Darren O’Day pitched a spotless eighth. Zach Britton struck out Encarnacion and Danny Valencia in the ninth, but allowed singles to Colabello and Pillar before getting Jose Bautista on a grounder to third.
“It was nice to hear somebody rooting for you, and not against you, for once,” Britton said.
Even though the ballpark was less than half full, Pearce thought the crowd was especially energetic.
“It did seem different, especially at the beginning of the game because they were more into it than they usually are,” Pearce said.
“It's always good to play in front of the crowd. It gets loud, and sometimes you can see it our opponent, their body language. You just know something's going to happen.”
NOTES: Jimmy Paredes has a 10-game hitting streak. … Machado has a 17-game on-base streak. … Jimenez is 6-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his last seven home starts. … Orioles pitchers combined for a season-high 13 strikeouts. …Chris Tillman (2-4, 6.25) faces Mark Buehrle (4-2, 6.00) on Tuesday night.
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