Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman didn’t expect his team’s struggling offense to produce much against Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman.
As it turned out, the two runs Baltimore scored off Stroman in the first inning were just enough for Gausman to get the job done.
Adam Jones had two hits and an RBI, Gausman pitched seven strong innings and Baltimore beat Toronto 2-1 on Wednesday night, snapping a six-game losing streak.
The Orioles have scored two runs or fewer in six of their past seven.
“Stroman was pitching today so I knew runs were going to be at a premium,” Gausman said. “Once we got those two runs I just kind of told myself ‘Hey, those are your runs, that’s all you’re going to get today.’ Unfortunately, that’s the way it was but luckily I was able to pound the strike zone, keep mixing my pitches and keep them off balance.”
Gausman (11-10) allowed one run and six hits, improving to 3-0 with a 1.51 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays this season, as the Orioles won for the first time since Sept. 5 against the Yankees.
“That was very big,” said outfielder Trey Mancini, who hit an RBI triple in the first. “At this point in the year there’s not many games left so you want to win every single one. Today was a good start to try and get that rolling.”
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