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Blue Jays beat Orioles thanks to extra-inning throwing error after conceding 4-run lead


Travis Shaw scored on a throwing error in the 10th inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-7 Tuesday night after blowing a four-run lead.

Shaw was at second base in the 10th when Cole Sulser (1-2) walked Vladimir Guerrero Jr., and both runners advanced on a bunt. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. followed with a sharp grounder to first that Chris Davis stabbed with a dive, then threw home from a sitting position.

The ball took one hop and went through the hands of catcher Pedro Severino an instant before Shaw crossed the plate.

“For me, that was just a great play getting to the ball. He was trying to make a game-saving play,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “It kind of skipped up on Seve when he threw it from his rear end there. I give credit to CD for getting to the ball.”

Anthony Bass (1-0) entered in the ninth and got the final out of the game.

In the last of the 10th, Dwight Smith Jr. got caught in a rundown after sprinting too far past third base on a one-out single by Cedric Mullins.

“Disappointed that we didn’t score in the bottom half,” Hyde said. “Had an opportunity and made a mistake. Tough loss.”

The Blue Jays had no complaints after improving to 2-3 in extra innings.

“We played well enough to win this game,” manager Charlie Montoyo noted,

Randal Grichuk extended his torrid hitting surge for Toronto, homering and driving in four runs. He connected with a man on against Wade LeBlanc in the third inning and greeted reliever Travis Lakins with a bases-loaded double to ignite a five-run fifth that made it 7-3.

Grichuk is on a seven-game hitting streak — including four straight multi-hit games — to raise his batting average 75 points to .333. In addition, over the last five games he has four homers and 11 RBIs.

Shaw also homered for the Blue Jays, who can complete a three-game sweep Wednesday.

Anthony Santander hit a pair of two-run homers for the Orioles, giving him nine for the season along with 26 RBIs. But Baltimore dropped its third straight and has lost four of five since a six-game winning streak.

Grichuk’s offensive show put Toronto starter Nate Pearson in position to earn his first big league win. But the highly touted prospect was yanked in the fifth after allowing his third homer, a two-run shot by Chance Sisco that got Baltimore to 7-5.

Pearson now has a 6.61 ERA after four starts.

“He’s got the stuff to pitch in the big leagues, but he’s pitching from behind,” Montoyo said. “He hasn’t been able to locate all his pitches.”



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