Blue Jays hold out in extras, take game one over Orioles

The Toronto Blue Jays took a trip to Camden Yards to take on the division leading Baltimore Orioles for a three game series.

The Blue Jays had Jose Berrios (4-3, 2.85) on the mound to face off with Baltimore’s new ace Corbin Burnes (3-2, 2.83).

Both starters pitched well in the game, Berrios threw 7 innings, allowing two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four. Burnes pitched similarly, throwing 6 innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking two and striking out two. Neither Berrios or Burnes factored into the decision as the game would be decided in extra innings.

The men on the mound looked good to start the game for their clubs, with both having thrown three scoreless until the Orioles struck first.

Baltimore’s star catcher Adley Rutschman lead off the bottom of the 4th with a bang, hitting a solo home run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. The next hitter, Ryan O’Hearn looked to follow up the blast with one of his own. It looked like the lead had stretched to 2-0, but Daulton Varsho made a highlight reel grab in centre field to rob O’Hearn of a homer and keep the score at 1-0.

Corbin Burnes would keep Toronto’s bats quiet until the top of the 6th, when the Blue Jays threatened with two runners on base, thanks to a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walk and a Bo Bichette single. Daniel Vogelbach stepped up to the plate and came through with an RBI single to tie the game at one.

The Orioles would answer, as Adley Rutschman would hit his second homer of the day, another solo shot to give his team a 2-1 lead.

Toronto would then get some help with the bat from Daulton Varsho, who in the top of the 8th, stepped up and hit a game tying solo home run to even the score at two. Both teams would get through the 9th inning scoreless, sending the game to extra innings.

Daulton Varsho would provide some more late game heroics, giving the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead with a go-ahead RBI groundout in the top of the 10th.

The Orioles would manage to get the tying run on third in the bottom half of the 10th, they continued to threaten after Jordan Westburg drew a two out walk to put runners on first and third. However, Jordan Romano would induce a groundout to give the Blue Jays the 3-2 victory as he was credited with his first win of the year.

The Blue Jays’ bullpen did their job as Yimi Garcia threw a perfect 8th, followed by Romano’s two scoreless innings to help secure the victory.

Toronto will look to take the series tomorrow evening, sending Chris Bassitt (3-5, 5.06) to the mound to face Baltimore’s recently returned Kyle Bradish (0-0, 1.86).

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