O’s take series from Jays, move into Wild Card spot

Ladies and gentlemen, the Baltimore Orioles are no fluke.

After taking the first two games of their series (third was postponed to Sept. 5) against the Blue Jays, it’s time the rest of the baseball world is paying attention.

The Orioles used strong pitching from their starters, power from their bats and a never-say-die attitude in their dugout to show the Blue Jays this isn’t the same team they’ve been used to facing over the past few years.

Winning their first series against Toronto since July of 2019, the Orioles are now 37-22 since the start of June and have won seven of their last eight games. On top of this, with the Rays losing yesterday, the Orioles are now tied for the third AL Wild Card spot and moved into a tie for third place in the AL East.

Game one saw the Orioles put on a power display. A Ramón Urías three-run homer put the Orioles on the board in the first inning and there was no looking back from there.

Though Biggio and Chapman would homer for the Jays, Austin Hays, Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle would all hit home runs in this one, and the Orioles would win, 7-4.

Jordan Lyles (9-8) would pitch 5.2 innings, allowing two runs, before letting the bullpen finish with The Mountain, Félix Bautista, closing out the victory.

Game two went a little different. Kyle Bradish would take the mound and give the Orioles 5.1 innings of three-run ball.

Bo Bichette did his best to take the game from the Birds, as he hit two homers and collected four RBIs to help give the Blue Jays a 5-3 lead.

After a 78-minute rain delay, the Orioles would strike again, as Rougned Odor would hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.

Once again, Bautista would slam the door on the victory, assuring the Orioles a series victory.

The Baltimore Battery ❌-FACTOR for the series was the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen. With a rash of injuries on the season, it was the one weakness Baltimore needed to exploit to win the series.

For the series, the Jays bullpen would pitch six innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs for a 7.50 ERA.

Needless to say, they were crucial in helping decide the out come of the series, taking a loss in game two.

The Orioles received a day off via a rain out, as they will now head to Boston for one game Thursday at 7:10 p.m. EST.

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