Baltimore Orioles fall to Toronto

The Baltimore Orioles had their seven-game win streak snapped last night at the hands of their division rivals, Toronto. All good things must come to an end, folks. Jeremy Hellickson was battered around over the course of his start, but even the Orioles’ bullpen yielded four runs. Hellickson’s line: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 4 BB, 2 K.

Adam Jones got things started in the first inning with a two-run homer. One inning later Tim Beckham‘s RBI-single gave the O’s a 3-0 lead. However Toronto wasn’t about to be outdone, as they have some power as well. They got a two-run homer by Morales in the third, bringing them to within 3-2.

The Orioles were in fact able to extend their lead to 5-2 on a groundout and an RBI-single, but Toronto chipped away. Morales came up again in the fifth and smacked an RBI-single, which was followed by Montero’s two-RBI double. Suddenly before you knew it the game was knotted at five.

Montero came home on Pillar’s two-RBI double, and before you knew it Toronto had the lead. Chris Davis would add a solo homer in the last of the fifth, however Toronto wasn’t through yet. Another at-bat by Morales, and another homer – again of the two-run variety. And would you believe that he also hit one in the eighth?! While that one was a solo shot, it was also the backbreaker for the Birds.

The O’s however did attempt to come back, as Beckham added an RBI-single in the eighth. He took second base on a fielding error, and was plated by Schoop’s RBI-single. It begins and ends with starting pitching however, and the O’s couldn’t get the job done last night. Usually when you score eight runs you win. However it’s also true that usually when you surrender 11 you lose.

Timm Beckham is certainly sad to see the calendar turn to September, as he finished August with 50 hits. He talked about that after the game (quote courtesy of Steve Melewski, MASNsports):

Yeah, man, it’s wild, it’s wild. It’s a blessing. Everything that’s happened. I thank God above for that. We need to keep it going and get this team to the playoffs.

Needless to say, Beckham’s provided this Orioles team with a shot in the arm since arriving at the trade deadline. As much as Dan Duquette’s moves are criticized, this was a good one.

The series continues this evening at Camden Yards. Kevin Gausman gets the start for the Orioles, and he’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Joe Biagini. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.

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