Orioles hit 4 homers in a 7-4 win over Blue Jays

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will see each other frequently in the coming weeks.

Ramón Urías and upstart Orioles did well on Monday night.

Urías hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Anthony Santander, Ryan Mountcastle and Austin Hays also went deep to lead Baltimore to a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays.

The Orioles, who were two games behind Seattle and Tampa Bay for the last two American League wild cards on the day, drew within three minutes of Toronto for the first wild card. This was the first of 15 meetings on the line between the Blue Jays and Orioles.

“I don’t know if it’s a statement. I think we hit the bats really well,” said Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde. “Nice to see we’re hitting some home runs. I have the feeling that it’s been a bit since we had a game like this offensively.”

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Baltimore starter Jordan Lyles (9-8) allowed a homer in the third inning from Cavan Biggio, but the Orioles responded in their half of that inning with back-to-back solo shots from Santander and Mountcastle to make it 5-1.

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Matt Chapman hit a solo homer for Toronto in the sixth round, but Hays responded with one of his own in the bottom half.

The Blue Jays scored twice in the round of 16, but Félix Bautista came on as a substitute and knocked Whit Merrifield out with two-on after a two-out grounder. Mountcastle’s RBI single made it 7-4.

The first two Toronto batters of the ninth reached on a penalty and a single against Bautista. Then tall right-hander knocked out Teoscar Hernández and made Bo Bichette jump into a double for his fifth save.

Yusei Kikuchi (4-6) allowed the Blue Jays five runs and six hits in more than five innings.

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“I think today’s start in the first inning is difficult,” said manager John Schneider. “You’re putting yourself in a bit of a hole with the three-run homer.”

Lyles delivered two carries and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“We obviously know how good and talented they are – one of the better offenses in baseball,” Lyles said. “We know we’re going to face a number of high-level opponents. We played ball well. Just another series, another Monday night.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored in the fifth singles and extended his batting streak to 19 games, the longest in the AL this year.

Baltimore has won six out of seven.

WITH THE GLOVES

In addition to their doubles in ninth place, the Orioles also turned one in fifth place with men in first and third and one out.

“Honestly, there’s not enough talk about how well we play defending,” Hyde said. “These doubles haven’t been filmed in recent years. These are big moments, get some guys out of a tight spot.”

TRAINING ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (hip) threw a bullpen session Sunday, and Schneider said his next move is either live batting practice or a rehab start. … Schneider said LHP Tim Mayza (shoulder) could be back on the team in three weeks.

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Orioles: Hays (side) returned to the lineup after missing four games. … Baltimore recalled Triple-A Norfolk’s RHP Louis Head, and INF Rylan Bannon was pulled from waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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All-Star Alek Manoah (12-5) takes the mound for the Blue Jays against Baltimore’s Kyle Bradish (1-4) on Tuesday night.

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