Umpire Dale Scott leaves game after being struck in mask

Tricia Pearson
April 16, 2017

The Toronto Blue Jays will be without third baseman Josh Donaldson for a while.

Both teams threatened in the first inning but couldn't push a run across.

Justin Smoak hit a solo homer and had an RBI single for the Blue Jays. He gave up five hits, two walks and two runs and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. It's the first DL stint of Donaldson's career.

"I'm not going to set a timeline right now", Donaldson said. I don't know if he sees me different than he sees other people. I think a loving teammate and I think just a gamer, whatever I've got to do. "It was just one of those nights".

The game was delayed more than 10 minutes.

The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in Major League Baseball action at the Rogers Centre.

Toronto is off to a franchise-worst 1-8 start.

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- The Jays left seven runners on base, including two in the bottom of the ninth when Steve Pearce struck out swinging to end hopes of a late rally.

A nagging calf injury has slugger Josh Donaldson on the disabled list. "But we're getting some hits". Hyun Soo Kim then doubled and Hardy belted his first homer of the season to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead. Baby steps. The starters, represented on this night by Sanchez, believe it will turn around soon. Happily, Morales obviated that prospect by destroying a first pitch curveball from Tyler Wilson to right-centre to give the Jays their first win in over a week, and first one run win of the year. "We've been in every single game up to this point". Bit of a tough judgement on Osuna, but that's the way of the world for closers and he failed to finish off a couple of batters that lead to the damage. "So that's definitely a good thing". He walked Seth Smith, but John Gibbons stuck with his veteran righty, and was rewarded when Adam Jones popped out to Troy Tulowitzki in shallow left field. Martin lined out to short before Smoak tied the score with an RBI single. He made the start at third base and went 0 for 2 at the plate.

Then came back-to-back strikeouts by Devon Travis and Kevin Pillar.

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Baltimore strung together four straight hits off Liriano to start the fifth. "MVP two years ago, in the running last year. That's what I really pride myself on".

In part because they've now lost four in a row to their division rivals, the Jays are now a worrisome 6 1/2 games out of first in the AL East. Is it possible to change anything about this offence?

Davis hit his third homer of the season to lead off the sixth, giving Baltimore a 5-3 lead.

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