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Blue Jays erupt for massive 7th to top O’s

Aug 17, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ross Stripling (48) throws a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Pinch hitter George Springer recorded his 1,000th career hit, a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, to help lift the Toronto Blue Jays over the visiting Baltimore Orioles 6-1 Wednesday afternoon.

The Blue Jays scored six runs in the seventh to salvage the finale of a three-game series and finish a 2-4 homestand.

The Orioles completed a 3-4 road trip.

Toronto right-hander Ross Stripling, starting for the first time since July 30 because of a hip strain, allowed no runs, one hit and no walks while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

Baltimore right-hander Austin Voth allowed no runs, two hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings.

Bo Bichette led off the bottom of the fifth with a double down the left field line, but was stranded when Voth retired the next three batters on two fly balls to left and a foul out to catcher Robinson Chirinos.

Stripling recorded a strikeout to start the top of the sixth and retired the next two batters on groundouts to remain perfect after 18 hitters.

Cedric Mullins led off the seventh with a single to center and took second on Anthony Santander’s groundout to first. Yimi Garcia (2-4) replaced Stripling. Mullins took third on Ryan Mountcastle’s groundout to shortstop. Austin Hays struck out to end the inning.

Joey Krehbiel (4-4) replaced Voth in the bottom of the seventh. Teoscar Hernandez blooped a one-out single to center and took third on Bichette’s single to right.

Cionel Perez then took over. Springer hit an RBI single to center to give Toronto a lead it would never surrender. Santiago Espinal followed with a two-run double to right and took third on the throw home. Danny Jansen walked, and Louis Head replaced Perez.

Matt Chapman was hit by a pitch, and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. forced in a run with a two-out, bases-loaded walk before Alejandro Kirk added a two-run double.

Zach Pop allowed a run in the eighth on singles by pinch hitter Terrin Vavra, Rougned Odor and Robinson Chirinos.

David Phelps pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.

With Stripling coming off the injured list Wednesday, Toronto optioned right-hander Trent Thornton to Triple-A Buffalo.

–Field Level Media