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The Blue Jays in 10 innings, before falling 7-6, the Orioles erased a 5-run deficit behind two homers from Ryan Mountcastle

The idea of ​​a moral victory in baseball brings little solace to the losing ballclub, but there is still something to pull out of the Orioles’ defeat to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Baltimore suffered a five-run deficit and came back to tie the game, something such an effort might lose on the losing teams.

With Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at the plate and an automatic runner in second in the 10th inning, the task ahead of right-hander Felix Bautista was great. It turned out to be great, in the end, Guerrero’s walk-off single on Bautista’s second offer sealed the Blue Jays’ 7–6 victory in left field.

However, there were other moments that shone more than the final score, including rookie catcher Adley Reutsman’s career first home run. It came in a losing attempt, but was not a game wash for Baltimore.

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Ryan Mountcastle swears he has nothing against the Blue Jays, even if the results suggest otherwise. The Orioles’ first baseman has come up against an American League East opponent so many times that it’s almost expected when he steps up to the plate. Wednesday was another such example.

After scoring six runs against left-hander Bruce Zimmermann in the first five innings, a home run barrage led by Mountcastle – which marked the first feature of Rutschmann’s career – brought the Orioles (27-37) back. Mountcastle has made a habit of building against the Blue Jays; With two more home runs on Wednesday, he has 12 runs from 28 matches against Toronto.

Ratschmann’s fourth-innings homer broke right-hander Jose Berios’ no-hit bid. Mountcastle’s first home run in the seventh landed from the front of the upper deck, before his two-run shot in the eighth tied the game – a pair of blows that showed just how hot he was at the plate.

After Ratschman’s break against Berios with a two-run homer, Mountcastle’s homer scored the last run against the Blue Jays starter. Berios conceded three runs on three hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings, a strong performance that built on his last two deep starts.

But right-hander Yimi Garcia entered and got into trouble, allowing consecutive doubles to Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays before Mountcastle’s second homer.

a rough go, again

In Zimmermann’s previous 36 1/3 innings, he dismissed 16 batters – and allowed 17 homers. It was a disappointing run that continued on Wednesday, as he conceded six runs in 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

The issue has largely been with the placement of his offspeed pitches, and it struck again with Teoscar Hernandez at the plate in the third. Zimmerman dropped a sinker in the middle of the field at around thigh height, and Hernandez leveled the pitch an estimated 461 feet. After two at-bats, Matt Chapman dropped a slider down the zone for another two-run bomb.

Both shots were preceded by soft singles, the kind of bleep-and-blast situation that can derail even the best pitcher. Zimmermann started the season in good form, but his most recent seven outings showed a smattering of long balls against him, to no end.

He has tinkered with his set and windup, hoping where his hands will start will reduce the risk of pitch tipping, while also yielding some return of control. But it didn’t work out Wednesday, even as his makeover hit six — the best he’s seen in a while.

Zimmerman avoided a loss on his record, however, due to a late inning burst from Baltimore’s offense and a strong bullpen performance behind him. For the Orioles, though, it’s another worrying outing from a starter, the kind of off-kilter display that’s become all too common of late.

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>> The Orioles named left-hander Zack Lowther for the job on Wednesday and claimed an exemption to infielder Jonathan Araz from the Boston Red Sox before choosing Triple-A Norfolk. With this move, Baltimore achieved central depth of field.

>> Right-hander Joy Krehbeel threw off the mound for the second time on Wednesday after being named on the injured list for a shoulder swelling. On Monday, he bowled 15 fastballs. On Wednesday, he increased the count from 25 to 30 and threw all his pitches. He is on Saturday to be active.

>> First baseman Trey Mancini has reduced swelling in his arm and may be off the bench on Thursday.

This story will be updated.


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