TORONTO — With the best reliever in baseball watching, the Orioles lost the wild-card game in the 11th inning.
Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run home run gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-2 win over the Orioles in the wild-card game on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
The Blue Jays go to Arlington, Texas to face the Rangers in the American League Division Series while the Orioles go home.
Zach Britton never pitched in the game while manager Buck Showalter used six relievers.
In the bottom of the 11th, Brian Duensing came in and struck out Ezequiel Carrera, and the Orioles’ seventh pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez came in for Devon Travis.
Travis singled, and Josh Donaldson singled Travis to third and after Showalter came to the mound to talk to Jimenez, the Orioles elected to pitch to Encarnacion, who promptly ended their season with a home run to left.
Franciscl Liriano got the win. He was one of the five Toronto relievers who held the Orioles hitless over the final 5 1/3 innings.
Mark Trumbo’s two-run home run in the fourth in the fourth inning gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.
After Marcus Stroman retired the first nine Orioles to face him, Adam Jones singled to right leading off the fourth. He moved to second on Hyun Soo Kim’s infield out. Manny Machado hit a liner to center that Kevin Pillar made a terrific catch on, and Trumbo, playing in his first postseason game, lined the homer to left.
Trumbo is the first Oriole to homer in his postseason debut since Geronimo Berroa in 1997.
The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the fifth when Michael Saunders hit an opposite-field double to left. Kevin Pillar hit a drive to right that Michael Bourn couldn’t catch, and it fell for a double. Saunders, who held at second, stopped at third.
Saunders scored on Carrera’s single to center.
The finished Chris Tillman, who allowed two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Mychal Givens threw one pitch to Travis, who bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Givens retired Toronto in order in the sixth, and punctuated the inning by striking out Jose Bautista looking.
In all, Givens recorded seven outs without a baserunner, striking out three.
Bautista’s home run leading off the second inning gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead.
Stroman allowed two runs on four hits in six innings.
Brett Cecil retired Matt Wieters on a slow roller to start the seventh, but walked Chris Davis. Joe Biagini came on to strike out Jonathan Schoop and Bourn.
After Givens came out, Donnie Hart faced pinch-hitter Melvin Upton, Jr. As Upton was flying out to left, a projectile came out of the stands aimed at Kim, who caught the ball for the third out.
Showalter came out on the field to check on Kim and spoke for several minutes about the incident with the umpires.
Jason Grilli retired J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Kim in order in the eighth.
Brad Brach allowed a one-out single to Carerra in the eighth, but Devon Travis hit into a double play.
Roberto Osuna came in for the ninth, and overpowered the Orioles.
Machado grounded out to Osuna while Trumbo and Wieters struck out.
Josh Donaldson led off the ninth with a double off Brach. Edwin Encarnacion was walked intentionally. Bautista struck out, and Darren O’Day replaced Brach, and for the second time in the game, a new reliever got a double play on his first pitch as Russell Martin grounded into a 5-4-3 DP.
After Davis flied to right, Osuna came out of the game with an injury, and Francisco Liriano, who many thought would start, retired Schoop and Bourn to send the game into the bottom of the 10th.
O’Day retired the Blue Jays as Jones caught up with Pillar’s long fly in right-center to send the game into the 11th.