BALTIMORE (AP) — Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer at the bottom of the eighth inning and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.
The Orioles were 5-3 down in game six when the game was delayed 78 minutes due to rain. Then Baltimore halved the lead on Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI double in the seventh. Odor connected Yimi Garcia (1-4) to later give the Orioles an innings lead.
Nick Vespi (4-0) hit his only two batsmen in the eighth, preventing the Blue Jays from extending the one-run lead. Félix Bautista threw the ninth for his sixth save.
Santiago Espinal hit an infield single by Bautista with an out and finished second due to a throwing error by second baseman Odor. After Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was eliminated, Bautista pulled Vladimir Guerrero Jr. back to second place on an alley.
Bo Bichette hit two homers for Toronto, including a three-run shot in the sixth. Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 20 games with a single in the sixth inning.
The Orioles went into the night a game down on Seattle to capture the final wild card in the American League. The Mariners hosted the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.
Toronto appeared to pull off a triple play in the first inning, only to nix it via a replay check. The Blue Jays trailed 3-1 before scoring four runs in the sixth run.
Alejandro Kirk hit an RBI single to chase Baltimore starter Kyle Bradish, then Bryan Baker allowed a walk and Bichette’s homer.
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Bichette also hit a solo shot in the second.
All-Star Alek Manoah allowed the Blue Jays three runs and eight hits in five innings.
The game was delayed between the top and bottom sixths.
The Orioles have had some adventures on the bases since the beginning. After their first two hitters reached base, Anthony Santander hit a sinking liner and center fielder Whit Merrifield attempted a sliding catch. It was initially counted as a catch, although the Baltimore runners didn’t seem to believe it. They did not return to their original bases, giving Toronto an easy triple play.
The call was lifted after a review, leaving the bases loaded with no one. Mountcastle immediately started a double and brought home a run, and then Terrin Vavra hit an RBI single to make it 2-0.
In the third, the Orioles had men in second and third with an out. This time the rating didn’t go in their direction. Manoah’s throw missed the catcher, although Vavra is said to have swung at him. Santander scored easily from third place.
However, a replay showed the pitch actually hit Vavra as he swung after it, meaning the runners were relegated to second and third and the shot continued. Vavra hit a sacrificial fly to make it 3-1, but that was all the Orioles managed that inning.
In the fourth, Odor led with a single, but when Ramón Urías followed with a single, Odor ended up in a rundown between second and third place and was substituted.
Bradish allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays: Merrifield was the last man to bat before the rain delay and he was replaced afterwards. It wasn’t immediately clear why.
José Berríos (8-4) takes the mound for the Blue Jays in Wednesday night’s series finals against Baltimore’s Dean Kremer (4-3). The Orioles attempt a three-game sweep.
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