Baltimore Orioles: Birds fall despite battling in Toronto

Toronto’s been a house of horrors for years for the Baltimore Orioles. Despite losing last night and dropping the series, they held their own tip there this time out. Matt Harvey got the start at Rogers Centre, but didn’t stick around long enough to see the end. Harvey’s line: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 1 BB, 0 K.

Harvey gave up a solo homer in the last of the first to Semien right off the bat. But the O’s battled back. They loaded the bases in the second inning, and Cedric Mullins walked in a run. That tied the game at one.

But the Orioles weren’t finished Ryan Mountcastle walked in a second run, and the O’s suddenly led, 2-1. Incidentally Mountcastle had a great series. Is it possible that someone on the Orioles finally is actually cut out to hit in the dome?!

Toronto would tie things back up in the fourth on Hernandez’s RBI-single. They would then take the lead on Gurriel’s two-RBI single. And the Orioles trailed 4-2.

But the O’s never quit. They got to within 4-3 in the sixth on Austin Wynns’ RBI-single. One inning later Trey Mancini’s RBI-double would tie the game at four. The game would go to the last of the ninth tier at four, but Grichuk’s sac fly would score the winning run, and Toronto won it 5-4.

As I said, Rogers Centre has been a tough place for the Orioles to play over the years. Going back a long way. Granted they lost 7-3 on Monday, but they battled to the end. They won on Tuesday, and lost a close one last night. This was not your typical Rogers Centre visit for the Orioles. Furthermore, as I said, Ryan Mountcastle had a great series. Having a young guy who suddenly seems to hit well at Rogers Centre could be a big asset as time goes on.

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