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Orioles swept by Blue Jays, lose 13-3 in final game of series

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Orioles swept by Blue Jays, lose 13-3 in final game of series

The Baltimore Orioles never recovered after blowing the opening game of a four-game set against the Blue Jays.

Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and Toronto routed the struggling Orioles 13-3 on Sunday to complete a four-game sweep.

Baltimore arrived in Toronto after sweeping a two-game set against the Mets and took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning Thursday, but closer Brad Brach blew the save as the Orioles lost 4-3 in 10 innings.

It was all Toronto after that. The Blue Jays had 56 hits in the series and scored 27 runs.

"That first loss here was a kick in the pants," manager Buck Showalter said." We had some things going that were positive for us."

The Orioles have lost four straight and 11 of 13. Baltimore is 9-27 on the road and 19-45 overall, both worst in the majors.

"I don't really know how to describe it," outfielder Trey Mancini said. "It's like the `Twilight Zone' almost the last couple of months, just the way things have gone. A lot of us are struggling."

Granderson walked in the first, hit a two-run double in the second, a three-run homer in the fourth, an RBI double in the fifth and a single in the sixth. He struck out swinging in the eighth.

"It's really cool to be able to do that," Granderson said.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run and Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each added solo blasts as the Blue Jays finished with a season-high 19 hits. Toronto had 17 hits in an 11-inning win at Cleveland on May 3.

Baltimore has allowed 10 or more runs nine times this season.

"We gave up 19 hits and only scored three runs," Showalter said. "That's not a very good recipe for success."

Showalter disputed the suggestion that his team needs some tough love.

"It's not a time to be pointing fingers," he said. "It's pretty obvious where we're struggling."

The Blue Jays had lost seven of eight before facing the Orioles. The sweep gives Toronto its third four-game winning streak of the season.

"Our guys put it together, especially today, and swung the bats really well," Estrada said. "We've just got to keep doing what we've been doing as of late."

Estrada (3-6) allowed two runs and four hits, leaving after Jonathan Schoop homered to begin the seventh. The right-hander won for the first time since April 20 at Yankee Stadium.

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb (2-8) matched a career-worst by allowing nine runs. Cobb gave up a season-high 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings. Cobb has allowed 10 or more hits five times in 11 starts.

"They really capitalized when I fell behind in the count," Cobb said.

The ugly outing raised Cobb's ERA by more than a run, from 6.19 to 7.23.

BULLPEN SHUFFLE

Toronto optioned LHP Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo to open a roster spot for RHP Preston Guilmet, who was claimed off waivers from St. Louis on Saturday. Guilmet will join the team Monday at Tampa Bay.

HIT PARADE

Catcher Russell Martin was the only Blue Jays starter to be held without a hit. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz had one hit and all seven other Toronto starters had two or more.

NEEDED THAT

Schoop's homer snapped an 0 for 18 slump.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: 1B Chris Davis returned after sitting out the previous two games. Davis went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. His hit was an infield single to third that beat the shift. "Certainly the results weren't as good as you'd hope but Chris is going to keep working and hopefully he can find the answer," Showalter said.

Blue Jays: 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss at least four weeks because of a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. Guerrero Jr. has 11 home runs and 55 RBIs in 53 games at Double-A New Hampshire this season. ... 2B Devon Travis (right knee) sat for the second straight game. ... RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) is set to pitch again Wednesday, but the location for his outing has not been determined. Stroman pitched a three-inning simulated game at Toronto's spring training facility in Florida on Friday.

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Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (4-7, 4.04 ERA) gets the start as Baltimore returns home to begin a three-game series against Boston. Bundy pitched seven shutout innings to beat the Mets in his previous start. RHP Steven Wright (2-0, 1.57) starts for the Red Sox.

Blue Jays: RHP Sam Gaviglio (2-1, 2.51) starts the opener of a three-game series at Tampa Bay. Gaviglio pitched seven shutout innings against the Yankees in his previous start. The Rays have not named a starter.

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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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Orioles still hoping for a road win as weekend series with Blue Jays continues

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Orioles still hoping for a road win as weekend series with Blue Jays continues

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles are offensively challenged teams looking for something good to happen during their four-game series at the Rogers Centre.

The bottom two clubs in the American League East deserve each other. They've come a long way down since the Blue Jays beat the Orioles in the 2016 American League wild-card game.

The opening game of the series Thursday night seemed to be going the Orioles' way when they hit one home run in the seventh inning and two in the eighth to take a 4-1 lead.

The Blue Jays (27-35), however, who have been struggling at home, scored three in the ninth against Brad Brach to tie the game and won it 5-4 on a two-out, RBI single by Aledmys Diaz in the 10th against Miguel Castro.

It was only the second win in the past 12 games at home for the Blue Jays, who are 6-1 in extra innings this season. Toronto is 13-19 at home for the season.

The teams will play the second game of the series Friday night.

The Orioles (19-42) will start right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.02 ERA) against Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08).

Cashner held the Blue Jays to four hits, three walks and no runs while striking out six over seven innings in a no-decision at Camden Yards on April 10. The Blue Jays won the game 2-1.

Cashner is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in three career starts against Toronto.

Happ was the winning pitcher on April 9 at Baltimore when the Blue Jays defeated the Orioles 7-1. He allowed one run, five hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out nine. He is 5-6 with a 3.33 ERA in 16 career games (15 starts) against the Orioles.

The Orioles are on the verge of getting some needed help next week. Closer Zach Britton is expected to join the team for the first time this season Wednesday.

Britton has been on the disabled list all season while recovering from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. He has allowed two hits and no runs in four rehabilitation outings over 4 1/3 innings. He has five strikeouts and no walks.

"I'm really pleasantly surprised at how well he has executed," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "You can tell he's chomping at the bit. He's had a lot of time to work and do things. He doesn't tinker too much. He throws the right amount of breaking balls. I think he knows what's ahead of him."

Britton will pitch on back-to-back days for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday and Monday, the final test before rejoining the Orioles.

The Blue Jays could have third baseman Josh Donaldson back as soon as Friday. He has been on the disabled list with a tight left calf since May 29.

As the Blue Jays have scuffled, losing 17 of their past 23 games despite the win Thursday, there are suggestions that the team might begin to trade players such as Donaldson, who can become a free agent at the end of the season.

"It's tough, man," Donaldson said. "When things aren't going your way and you have a lot of different areas scuffling at different times, and sometimes at the same time, you just have to try to stay positive. Kind of try to drown out the noise going on."

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