Blue Jays 5, Orioles 1
Winner: Sanchez (14-2)
Loser: Gausman (8-13)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN: The Orioles (85-72) are two games behind Toronto (87-70) for the first wild-card spot. The Blue Jays lead the season series 10-7, so if the two teams tie for the top spot, Toronto would host the wild-card game on Oct. 4.
WHAT WENT WRONG: Kevin Gausman allowed five runs, four earned in six innings. He fell behind quickly when he allowed a two-run home run to Josh Donaldson in the first. Ezequiel Carrera also homered.
WHAT WENT RIGHT: Michael Bourn nailed Russell Martin when he tried to stretch his single into a double in the fourth inning.
MACHADO’S ERROR: In the fifth, Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third with Donaldson on first. Machado fielded it and threw to second to start what he hoped would be an inning-ending double play, but threw it wildly, allowing Toronto’s fifth run to score.
SANCHEZ STRIKEOUTS: The right-hander struck out 10 Orioles in six innings. Adam Jones, who is now 2-for-20 (.100) against Sanchez, struck out in all three at-bats against him.
TRUMBO SINGLES: Mark Trumbo had two singles. It’s the first time he’s done that since Aug. 23.
DONALDSON’S DIVE: Gausman threw inside to Donaldson in the fifth. He danced all the way to the Blue Jays dugout but, unlike in Monday night’s game with the Yankees, there was no escalation of hostility.
DAVIS EJECTED, AND SO IS SHOWALTER: Chris Davis was ejected by home plate umpire Will Little for arguing about a called third strike.
Manager Buck Showalter was also ejected. It was his first ejection this season.
DAVIS’ STRIKEOUTS: Davis struck out three times. He has 213 strikeouts this season, third most in baseball history. He trails Mark Reynolds (223 in 2009) and Adam Dunn (222 in 2012).
WHAT’S NEXT? Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.84) faces Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.88) on Wednesday night.