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Walk-off walk: Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings

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Walk-off walk: Blue Jays beat Orioles 4-3 in 10 innings

Luke Maile drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 on Saturday.

Maile walked on four pitches from Baltimore's Mychael Givens (0-2) to score Justin Smoak as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 in extra innings.

Randal Grichuk homered and Yangervis Solarte had two hits and an RBI for Toronto, which is 5-1 against Baltimore this season.

John Axford (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.

The Orioles have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Baltimore is 9-26 on the road and 19-44 overall, both worst in the majors.

Smoak drew a one-out walk in the 10th and went to second on Kendrys Morales' single. One out later, Givens hit Grichuk to load the bases.

Grichuk broke a 2-2 tie when he homered on Kevin Gausman's first pitch of the seventh inning. It was Grichuk's fifth homer of the season and his second in two games.

Toronto's lead was short-lived. Baltimore tied it 3-3 without a base hit in the eighth, using a hit batter, an error, and a walk to load the bases before Jonathan Schoop scored from third on Tyler Clippard's wild pitch.

The Orioles put runners at second and third with one out in the ninth but couldn't score. Adam Jones was thrown out at home plate on Craig Genty's grounder to shortstop and Schoop grounded out to end the threat.

Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made a diving catch to retire Mark Trumbo for the first out of the seventh, but the next four Orioles batters reached safely. Trey Mancini singled and scored on Chance Sisco's double and Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez left after walking Jace Peterson.

Danny Barnes came on to face Adam Jones, but allowed a game-tying single on his first pitch.

Sanchez allowed two runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings and has yet to win consecutive starts this season.

Gausman allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day (right elbow) was activated off the 10-day disabled list and LHP Tanner Scott was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Slumping slugger Chris Davis sat for the second straight game. Davis, who is batting .152, sat despite going 8 for 23 with four homers in his career against Sanchez.

Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis was held out of the lineup because of a sore right knee suffered in a minor collision with outfielder Kevin Pillar on Friday. Travis had knee surgery last June and missed the remainder of the season. ... Toronto claimed claim RHP Preston Guilmet off waivers from St. Louis. To make room on the 40-man roster, RHP Deck McGuire was designated for assignment.

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Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-7, 6.19) faces Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (2-6, 5.29). Cobb allowed one run over six innings and struck out a season-high seven to beat the Mets on June 5. Estrada allowed one run over six innings in his previous start, but did not get a decision. He's winless in eight starts and has lost five straight decisions.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Orioles swept in doubleheader against Twins

After Friday's game was rained out, the Baltimore Orioles and Minnesota Twins played a doubleheader at Camden Yards Saturday. The Orioles lost 6-5 in the first game, and 16-7 in the second. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Twins news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Infielder Renato Nunez went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three runs scored, and three runs driven in during Game Two of the Orioles' doubleheader. He was the lone bright spot in a blowout loss, and now has a .304 batting average in 2019.

Pitcher Alex Cobb made his return to the mound in Game Two but did not fare well. Cobb gave up nine runs and 10 hits in 2.2 innings against the Twins. He allowed three home runs, and Brandon Hyde said he though Cobb looked "rusty."

First baseman Chris Davis made a surprise appearance on the mound in the ninth inning of an eight-run game. It was his first pitching appearance since 2012, and he allowed a home run to former Oriole Jonathan Schoop.

TWINS: 

Eddie Rosario crushed three home runs across both games of Saturday's doubleheader. He has five home runs in three games and nine total on the season. 

Former Oriole Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Game Two's blowout victory.

Another former Oriole, Jonathan Schoop, also enjoyed a big day, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and a double in the 16-7 victory, including the home run off former teammate Chris Davis.

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Sunday 4/21: Twins @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Monday 4/22: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Tuesday 4/23: White Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Yes, that was Chris Davis on the mound for the Orioles

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Yes, that was Chris Davis on the mound for the Orioles

Chris Davis is known for many things. Towering home runs, playing first base well, and setting record-long hitless streaks are all among them.

What isn’t among them is pitching, yet that’s what he was tasked with doing Saturday night.

In Game Two of the Orioles’ doubleheader with the Twins, Baltimore’s pitching staff was rocked. They allowed 15 runs in the first eight innings of the game, and after 17 innings pitched on the day, manager Brandon Hyde didn’t want to tax his bullpen any further.

He turned to Davis, who last pitched in 2012 during a 17-inning marathon in Boston. Davis didn’t allow any runs that May afternoon seven years ago, giving him a career pitching WAR of an astounding 0.2.

His last appearance was so successful that in his offseason arbitration negotiations, long before his current 7-year, $161 million deal, Davis asked for a small fraction of his contract to specifically be designated for his pitching prowess.

He wasn’t as successful in his outing against the Twins. Considering his first appearance was on the road, maybe now he fully understands why pitching at Camden Yards is so difficult?

In one inning Saturday, Davis allowed two hits and one earned run. More importantly, he recorded a strikeout, the third(!!) of his career on the mound.

Davis may have struggled at the plate in 2019, but at least he never struck out against someone whose job has nothing to do with striking batters out.

Saturday’s games marked the first return to Camden Yards for former Oriole Jonathan Schoop, a fan favorite over the years at second base. Funnily enough, the sole earned run Davis allowed came off a monstrous home run from Schoop.

Considering their long relationship as teammates, it’s no surprise the two were laughing together as Schoop trotted around the bases. 

Apparently, Davis just can’t win this season. First he sets an ignominious record at the plate, and now that he’s finally heating up with the bat, he loses his incredible mojo on the mound.

Hopefully his luck on the mound turns around like it has with the bat. And yes, that means we are very, very interested in more Chris Davis pitching appearances. In a rebuilding season with 100+ losses a distinct possibility, who wouldn’t want more fun like this?

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