The Orioles hit four home runs, including three in the final two innings, to come back from a five-run eighth-inning deficit, but lost, 8-7, to the Toronto Blue Jays in 10 innings on Aledmys Díaz’s walk-off single off left-hander Paul Fry.
The Orioles found a new way to lose Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre, sinking to a season-worst 25 games below .500 after dropping a 4-3 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays on reliever Mychal Givens’ bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning.
Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner quickly developed the reputation with the Orioles of someone who will do anything to win. He stuck his foot in front of a 93-mph ground ball to show that Tuesday en route to seven shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The national narrative that developed after the Orioles' dramatic loss in Tuesday night's wild-card game was what the late, great broadcaster Howard Cosell liked to call "a piercing look into the obvious." Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his magic touch at just the wrong moment — when God and a national television audience was watching.
Mike Wright hasn't had many opportunities to prove his worth in the Orioles starting rotation. Sixteen days into the season and Wright was stepping on the mound Tuesday for just his second start, his scheduled starts postponed twice because of weather and pushed back one other time. And even though he posted a quality start in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, Wright might already be pitching to save his spot.
It has not been a happy couple of days for Jimmy Paredes, whose attempt to show the Orioles that he can be a viable option in the outfield took a major hit when he rolled over his left wrist trying to make a play in Thursday's exhibition loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last September, the Toronto Blue Jays had to watch from the visiting dugout at Camden Yards as the Orioles celebrated winning the American League East. One year later, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to stare across to field and watch the Blue Jays flood out of that same dugout to celebrate their first division title since 1993.
In his second spring start, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed two runs over three innings as the Orioles lost, 5-2, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon in front of an announced sellout crowd of 7,403, the team¿s fifth sellout in six home games at Ed Smith Stadium.