Orioles beat Blue Jays, 6-2, behind Ryan Mountcastle’s 3-run homer, Kyle Gibson’s regular begin

The Orioles’ first sport in the direction of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023 was very similar to many the teams have carried out over the last few years.

Not as quite a bit within the fact that Baltimore obtained the game, as a result of the Orioles haven’t posted a worthwhile doc in the direction of their American League East foe since 2017. Somewhat, it was Ryan Mountcastle blasting a home run off Blue Jays pitcher Yusei Kikuchi that evoked acquainted feelings.

Mountcastle clobbered a three-run dwelling run off Kikuchi inside the third inning to propel the Orioles to a 6-2 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. There are few pitchers, teams or venues the Orioles slugger is extra sensible in the direction of than these three.

The 26-year-old entered Friday’s sequence opener with a 1.014 OPS in the direction of Toronto in his four-year career — his best mark off any workforce he’s tallied at least 50 plate appearances in the direction of. However it’s his success versus Kikuchi that’s far more profound, as Mountcastle is now 5-for-10 with a double, 4 dwelling runs — certain, 4 — and eight RBIs in the direction of the Japan native.

Mountcastle’s prolonged ball was all pitcher Kyle Gibson needed, as a result of the veteran right-hander delivered one amongst his best begins as an Oriole. Gibson pitched seven innings of one-run ball to complete his three-game shedding streak.

Anthony Santander hit a solo shot inside the sixth, Adam Frazier added two insurance coverage protection runs inside the ninth with a blast of his private and relievers Yennier Cano and Félix Bautista shut the door behind Gibson.

Cano’s scoreless innings streak received right here to an end at 21 2/3 innings after he allowed a run inside the eighth, nevertheless he stranded a runner at third after coming into into trouble to hold the lead at 4-2. Frazier’s blast gave the Orioles extra cushion, nevertheless supervisor Brandon Hyde nonetheless turned to Bautista to close the game in a nonsave state of affairs.

Baltimore (29-16) is now 7-6 in the direction of AL East teams after opening the season 2-4. From 2019 to 2022, the Orioles went 24-43 versus Toronto. They’re 1-0 in the direction of the Blue Jays this 12 months.

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  • Cedric Mullins was once more inside the leadoff spot in the direction of a left-handed starting pitcher. Mullins, a left-handed hitter, struggled in the direction of lefties in 2022 nevertheless has crushed them this season. Hyde had been selecting Austin Hays inside the leadoff spot for lots of the 12 months. Mullins went 1-for-5 with a double.
  • Infield prospect Joey Ortiz started at third base Friday, his first time having fun with the brand new nook in his important league career. He briefly carried out the place inside the minor leagues, nevertheless Hyde said sooner than the game that the membership trusts him to play all three infield spots. Ortiz has started video video games at shortstop, second base and third in his short-term time in Baltimore.
  • Reliever Dillon Tate bounced once more with outing at Triple-A Norfolk all through his rehabilitation mission, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings whereas allowing one hit and hanging out one.

This story will most likely be updated.

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Originally posted 2023-05-20 02:19:23.