Hays and Rodriguez help the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 7-2 for 9th win in 11 games

Mon, Jun 3, 2024
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Hays and Rodriguez help the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 7-2 for 9th win in 11 games

TORONTO (AP) - Austin Hays hit two home runs and Grayson Rodriguez pitched two-run ball into the seventh inning, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on Monday night.

Anthony Santander and Ramon Urias also went deep as Baltimore won for the ninth time in 11 games. The Orioles are 31-11 when they hit more than one home run.

Colton Cowser added an RBI double as Baltimore improved to 12-4 against AL East opponents.

Rodriguez (6-2) allowed one earned run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first win in four career starts against Toronto. He struck out four and walked none.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a solo drive for his sixth homer for the Blue Jays. Guerrero has 23 career home runs against Baltimore, his most against any opponent.

Hays hit a two-run drive to left with two out in the fourth for his first homer of the season. He led off the seventh with a first-pitch homer off Kevin Gausman.

It was Hays' sixth career multihomer game. He hit at least 16 homers in each of the previous three seasons.

Santander connected for his 11th homer after Ryan O'Hearn walked leading off the second.

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Gausman (4-4) was charged with six runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings in his first loss since April 23 at Kansas City. He allowed a season-high three homers, more than he had given up in his past nine starts combined.

Orioles infielder Connor Norby made his major league debut at second base after he was promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. He batted ninth and went 0 for 3 with two swinging strikeouts before he was replaced by Urias in the bottom of the seventh.

Urias made it 7-2 with a solo homer off Ryan Burr in the ninth.

Home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi ejected Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker for arguing balls and strikes in the top of the fourth. The ejection was Walker's first of the season.


Orioles: INF Jorge Mateo was placed on the seven-day concussion list. Mateo left Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay in the fourth inning after being struck by teammate Cedric Mullins' bat while Mullins was loosening up around the on-deck circle. ... LHP John Means had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Means had the same surgery in April 2022.


RHP Corbin Burnes (5-2, 2.35 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Orioles on Tuesday night. The Blue Jays had not named a starter.


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