Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gausman Sharp over Seven Innings as Orioles Top Blue Jays to Snap Losing Streak

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Gausman Sharp over Seven Innings as Orioles Top Blue Jays to Snap Losing Streak

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Gausman sharp as Orioles top Blue Jays

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TORONTO - Blue Jays manager John Gibbons couldn't have envisioned that the first pitch of Wednesday's game would be the difference maker in Toronto's 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Adam Jones doubled in Tim Beckham -- who reached on a throwing error from Josh Donaldson on Marcus Stroman's first pitch -- then scored on a Trey Mancini triple for a 2-0 lead.

Baltimore held on from there, snapping a streak of six straight losses while handing the Jays their first defeat in five games.

"You usually don't see throws like that first play of the game," Gibbons said of the costly error. "That's rare but it happens."

Stroman (11-8) allowed six hits along with the two unearned runs over 92 pitches in six innings of work. He also walked three and struck out seven.

But he didn't blame his defence for the loss.

"I didn't do what I needed to do in those circumstances," Stroman said.

"I think I made some good pitches there (in the first inning)," the right-hander added. "The only pitch I regret was the pitch to Mancini. I got in on Jones, he didn't hit it on the barrel he just kind of muscled it out there. But the slider on Mancini just kind of slipped. I usually pride myself on being better in those situations."

Kevin Gausman (11-10) pitched seven sharp innings for Baltimore (72-74) to improve to 3-0 against the Blue Jays this season. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out six, walking one and hitting a batter -- his first pitch to Jose Bautista in the second inning.

Closer Zach Britton bounced back after blowing a one-run lead in Toronto's 3-2 walkoff victory on Tuesday night. He worked around a one-out single for his 14th save.

The outing could have been much worse for Stroman.

The 26-year-old appeared to run into trouble in the fourth when a lead-off double and two walks loaded the bases with no out. …

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