Bautista leads long-ball barrage that carries Blue Jays past Orioles 10-7

BALTIMORE — Jose Bautista hit the last of Toronto’s three home runs, and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-7 Sunday to complete a solid season-opening road trip.

Bautista’s two-run drive in the eighth off Darren O’Day gave Toronto some room after the Orioles cut a five-run deficit to 8-7.

Dalton Pompey and Kevin Pillar also connected for the Blue Jays, who doubled their home-run total for the season. Toronto scored 23 runs in the three-game series, twice reaching double figures.

After taking two of three from both the Orioles and New York Yankees, Toronto headed north for its home opener Monday night against Tampa Bay.

The Blue Jays scored in each of the first four innings while building an 8-4 lead. Although the Orioles got within a run in the fifth, they couldn’t complete the comeback.

Adam Jones and Travis Snider both homered and drove in three runs for Baltimore, and Manny Machado got his first hit to snap an 0-for-15 skid to start the season.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman (1-1) allowed seven runs, three earned, and six hits in 2 2-3 innings.

Aaron Loup (1-1) pitched 1 2-3 perfect innings after starter Drew Hutchison gave up a career-high tying seven runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Miguel Castro worked the ninth for his second save. After Pillar made an outstanding diving catch of a foul ball to left, Chris Davis hit a routine fly to Pillar with two runners on to end it.

Pompey put Toronto up 2-0 in the first inning with his second career homer, a drive to the top of the right-field scoreboard that wasn’t called a home run until after a replay review of more than two minutes.

Jones countered in the bottom half with a two-run shot to centre, but the Blue Jays took the lead for good when Pillar homered leading off the second.

Toronto made it 7-2 in the third. After Tillman walked the bases loaded, rookie Devon Travis hit a two-out liner to right that Snider broke in on before backtracking. The ball glanced off his glove for an error, allowing three runs to score, and Jose Reyes greeted reliever Kevin Gausman with an RBI single.

Davis and Jones delivered RBI singles in the Orioles’ half.

It was 8-4 in the fifth before Snider hit his first home run with Baltimore, a three-run drive that chased Hutchison.

Baltimore didn’t get another baserunner until Castro walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth.


Blue Jays: OF Michael Saunders (left knee surgery) played five innings in the outfield with Class A Dunedin Saturday and was expected to DH Sunday. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said Saunders could possibly return during the homestand that runs through April 23.

Orioles: 2B Jonathan Schoop was scratched with a sore left quadriceps and replaced by Ryan Flaherty. Also, OF David Lough (hamstring) began his rehab assignment with Class A Frederick.


Blue Jays: Toronto sends R.A. Dickey (1.42 ERA) to the mound against Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game series.

Orioles: LHP Wei-Yin Chen starts for Baltimore against the visiting Yankees and RHP Michael Pineda to start a three-game series.

David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

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