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Toronto Blue Jays defeat Baltimore Orioles to win four-game series

Jun 27, 2021; Buffalo, New York, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 27, 2021; Buffalo, New York, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling (48) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio hit two-run doubles and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Buffalo.

Toronto starter Ross Stripling (3-4) allowed two runs, six hits and one walk in five-plus innings. Jordan Romano pitched the ninth to earn his sixth save.

The Blue Jays won three of four games against the Orioles. Baltimore starter Jorge Lopez (2-10) allowed five runs, 10 hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Ryan Mountcastle hit his 13th homer of the season with two out in the first inning for the Orioles to go up 1-0.

Toronto scored once in the second after loading the bases on a single by Teoscar Hernandez and walks by George Springer and Biggio. Hernandez scored on Randal Grichuk’s double-play grounder.

Guerrero hit a two-run double in the third, scoring Reese McGuire, who had walked, and Marcus Semien, who had singled. Guerrero was thrown out at home by left fielder DJ Stewart when he tried to score on Biggio’s single.

Baltimore scored again in the fifth on a double by Ramon Urias, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. It scored Maiklel Franco, who led off with a bloop single to right.

Toronto answered with two in the bottom of the fifth. Guerrero singled, Hernandez doubled and Biggio hit a wind-aided two-run double to left.

Stripling allowed singles by Stewart and Austin Hays to open the sixth. Patrick Murphy ended the threat with a strikeout and a double-play grounder.

The Orioles loaded the bases against Murphy with two out in the seventh on two walks and a single. Tim Mayza came in to get the final out.

Baltimore’s Dillon Tate struck out five of six batters in the seventh and eighth. Toronto’s Anthony Castro struck out the side in the eighth.

–Field Level Media