Blue Jays escape sweep

Blue Jays escape sweep


The Blue Jays escaped the sweep in the ninth inning on Sunday in Toronto, ultimately losing 5-4 to the Baltimore Orioles. 

Yet excellent late in the game this season with 34 saves, reliever Jordan Romero (5-4) botched a fifth lead this season. He gave up three runs, four hits and two walks in the final inning. Singles from Adley Rutschman and Jesus Aguilar provided the decisive three points.

A double from George Springer then gave the local favorites hope for a different outcome, but Vladimir Guerrero had to settle for a free pass before Bo Bichette suffered the last out of the game after a ground ball. Both men had previously driven in a run on a single and a home run, respectively.

Félix Bautista had his 14th save this season, while Joey Krehbiel (5- 4) signed the victory.

Alek Manoah had nevertheless done a good job to give Canada a chance to win. He allowed just one run, four hits, as many walks in six innings.

Replacing hip injured Alejandro Kirk, Danny Jansen hit his 13th long pitch of the campaign in defeat.

The first team excluded from the playoff portrait in the American League, the Orioles approach six games behind the Blue Jays, the first ranked team.

< p>The Jays, who won the first two games of this series against the Orioles, will start a short two-game series against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Their Eastern Division rivals will host the Detroit Tigers for three games on Monday.