BALTIMORE (AP) – Whether they make it through the post-season or not, the Baltimore Orioles recently brought playoff-level excitement to the recent Camden Yards.
A honed eighth inning that turns a deficit into a lead? Test.
The ninth matchup between their younger ones and one of the game’s top trying athletes? Test.
Roughned Odor hit a two-panel homer at the end of the eighth round, and the Orioles rallied for a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night. Toronto had a second in ninth, but Félix Bautista retired Vladimir Guerrero Jr in a revolution to end it.
“You look around, and there are a lot of good players on this team, a lot of young guys that not many people know,” Odor said. “There’s a lot of good talent on this team, and we play together and we have fun, and when we’re happy, a lot of good things happen.”
Orioles led 5-3 in the sixth half when the match was postponed 78 minutes because of the rain. Then Baltimore halved Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI double lead in the seventh season. Odour connected with Yimi Garcia (1-4) to give Orioles the lead the next round.
Nick Vespi (4-0) beat his only two in the eighth inning, preventing the Blue Jays from adding to what was then a one-turn lead. Bautista threw the ninth ball for his sixth save.
Santiago Espinal hit the field in the match against Bautista with a pass and finished second due to a throw error by Odor, the second player. After Lourdes Gurriel Jr finished, Guerrero took second place.
Bo Bichette hit two home runs for Toronto, including a triple hit in the sixth game. Guerrero extended his streak to 20 with a sixth singles game.
Orioles entered the night after Seattle with a game of the last wild card in the US Championship. The Mariners hosted the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Toronto appeared to have made a three-man game in the first inning only to have it overturned by a re-review. The Blue Jays led 3-1 before scoring four runs in the sixth game.
Alejandro Kirk hits an RBI single to chase after Kyle Bradish, who plays the lead role of Baltimore, then Bryan Baker allows for a walk and gives Bichette’s homer.
Bichette also hit a solo in the second.
All-Star Alek Manoah allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings for the Blue Jays.
The game was delayed between the beginning and end of season six. It took a few minutes for the heavy rain to begin. Toronto brought the Zach Pop painkiller into the game to start the season six finale, but the pitch was cleared before he faced anyone. The Blue Jays are allowed to replace him when the game resumes.
“I think the rain delay has hurt us with the little bit of momentum we’ve had,” said Toronto manager John Schneider. “Honestly, I’m not sure why they pulled the tarp off when they did. We burned a vase because of it.”
Orioles had a number of adventures on the grounds from the very beginning. After their first two players reached base, Anthony Santander hit a sinking cushion and center puncher Whit Merrifield attempted a missed catch. It was initially considered catchy, though Baltimore runners apparently didn’t think so. They did not return to their original base, giving Toronto an easy three-man match.
The call was reversed after a review, leaving the bases loaded with no one out. Mountcastle immediately began playing doubles, bringing a home run, and then Terrin Vavra hit an RBI single to make it 2-0.
In the third season, Orioles got second and third with one eliminated. This time, the review did not go their way. Manoah’s throw passed the catcher, although Vavra was ruled to have swung his hand at it. Santander scored easily from third place.
However, a replay shows the throw actually hitting Vavra as he swings his arm at it, meaning the runner is placed second and third and the shot continues. Vavra hit a sacrificial flight to make it 3-1, but that was all Orioles managed in that half.
In the fourth season, Odor led with a single, but when Ramón Urías followed with a single, Odor finished with a chart between second and third and was eliminated.
Bradish allows three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 rounds.
Bautista led Guerrero 0-2, then threw the third fastest ball straight – at 100.9 mph. Guerrero was able to put the ball in the net but in the wrong position.
“I don’t like the quick 0-2 ball,” said Brandon Hyde, Orioles manager. “I would love to see the pitches he throws for Gurriel, for Guerrero. But it’s done, and I know it’s a great feeling for him.”
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Blue Jays: Merrifield was the last player to play before the rain delayed, and he was substituted after that, but no injury announcement was made.
José Berríos (8-4) took control for the Blue Jays in the series finale against Baltimore’s Dean Kremer (4-3) on Wednesday night. Orioles tries to scan three games.
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