For most of the game, an Orioles team that has averaged nearly five runs per game this season was shut down by the 33-year-old Wang, who was signed by the Blue Jays on June 11 after opting out of his minor league deal with the Yankees. Wang has now gone 16 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
“He just creates a great angle,” Showalter said of Wang. “He’s 6-4, 6-5, with a sinker. He has some lateral movement and some downward movement. We hit some balls hard. He did a great job of fielding his position, and they made some good defensive plays.”
Their only run against Wang came in the fifth inning on Travis Ishikawa’s one-out single, which was his first RBI with the Orioles.
The Blue Jays managed just four hits, and Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez held Toronto to three runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Gonzalez, making his first start since leaving the team for the birth of his first child, made really just one mistake — a first-pitch, two-seam fastball that Maicer Izturis hit over the right-field fence in the fifth to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.
The Blue Jays went up, 1-0, in the first inning when a wild pitch from Gonzalez sailed off the mitt of Teagarden and to the backstop, allowing Melky Cabrera to score with two outs.
Gonzalez left the game in the eighth after a one-out single by Munenori Kawasaki. After retiring the first hitter he faced, O’Day battled Bautista through a seven-pitch at-bat until an 80-mph slider found too much of the plate.
“Every at-bat against him is a tough at-bat,” O’Day said. “I made some decent pitches that I thought were close, could have been strikes, didn’t get them, so that makes it exponentially challenging to get him out. It’s no excuse. I made a terrible pitch. If I make a good pitch, he’s probably out. I made a bad pitch, he put a good swing on it. He won the game. I lost us the game."