Orioles at Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton had a streak of 60 consecutive saves snapped last month, but his latest blown save dealt a jarring blow to his team's fading postseason hopes. The Toronto Blue Jays scored twice in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win Tuesday and will go for a three-game sweep of visiting Baltimore on Wednesday night.
Britton's second blown save in eight appearances following his American League-record streak sent the Orioles to their sixth consecutive defeat and dropped them 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card with 17 to play. Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is 2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts this season versus Toronto, will attempt to end the slide and prevent the sweep for Baltimore. Rookie shortstop Richard Urena capped a three-hit game with a walk-off single to lift the Blue Jays to their fourth straight victory and extend his hitting streak to five games. Opposing Gausman for Toronto will be right-hander Marcus Stroman, who is making his fifth attempt at posting a career-best 12th win.
TV: 7:07 p.m. ET, MASN2 (Baltimore), Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Toronto)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Orioles RH Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RH Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18)
Gausman's erratic season continued last time out against the New York Yankees, when he was tagged for five runs on five hits over three innings to reach double-digit losses for the second straight season. He tossed 13 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous two outings, blanking Toronto on five hits over six innings in a no-decision on Sept. 1. Kevin Pillar has tormented Gausman, going 10-for-22.
Stroman's winless drought reached four starts versus Detroit on Friday when he took the loss after yielding four runs on six hits over six innings. He was knocked out of the game in the second inning at Baltimore in his previous turn when he was hit by a line drive by Mark Trumbo. Adam Jones is 6-for-19 against Stroman, who beat the Orioles with 7 2/3 scoreless innings of five-hit ball on June 28.
1. Orioles SS Tim Beckham hit his 21st homer Tuesday -- and ninth in 40 games since he was acquired from Tampa Bay.
2. Blue Jays C Russell Martin, sidelined for a month with an oblique injury, is scheduled to return Wednesday.
3. Orioles C Welington Castillo expects to be back behind the plate in a few days after taking a foul ball to the groin Monday.