It took the Toronto Blue Jays until the sixth inning to collect their first hit of the game, but Cavan Biggio’s solo home run was one of two homers as Toronto defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Saturday night at Sahlen Field.
Orioles starting pitcher John Means held the Blue Jays in check for nearly six innings. Biggio’s eighth home run of the season came with two outs in the inning to give Toronto a 1-0 lead and snapped a streak of 16 straight batters retired by the left hander. It was also the only hit Means would allow in six innings of work.
Jonathan Villar drew a walk in the bottom of the first inning and stole his first base of the night, but was left in scoring position for the Blue Jays. Means struck out five batters in a row, including the side in order in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, the veteran would suffer his fourth defeat of the season in Baltimore’s loss.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. struck out to lead off the fifth inning and left the game following the plate appearance with a left foot contusion after fouling a pitch off his foot during the at-bat. He was replaced by Randal Grichuk, who played center field for the Blue Jays, and would make an impact in his first trip to the plate later in the game.
Grichuk hit an opposite field three-run home run off of Hunter Harvey that extended the Blue Jays lead to 4-0. Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored on Grichuk’s 12th homer of the year.
Ex-Buffalo Bisons pitcher T.J. Zeuch started for Toronto on Saturday, tossing five innings of scoreless baseball at Sahlen Field. The outing was the righty’s first start for the team in 2020 and his third appearance overall. Zeuch scattered five hits before giving way to the bullpen that featured three different pitchers the final four innings.
Chase Anderson collected his first win with Toronto, logging a pair of scoreless innings against the Orioles. Anderson struck out four batters, while allowing just one hit in relief. Ross Stripling and Anthony Bass combined to throw the final two innings preserving the victory.
Stripling left the game after facing four batters when he was hit be a bouncing ball off the bat of D.J. Stewart. Base hits by Jose Iglesias and Ryan Mountcastle helped Baltimore cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-2 in the eighth, but Bass retired all four batters he faced to notch his seventh save of the 2020 campaign.
Toronto’s final run of the night was scored by Biggio after Guerrero Jr. chopped a ground ball to Tanner Scott. The lefty’s throw to home plate was mishandled by Pedro Severino and made the score 5-2.
The Blue Jays and Orioles will conclude the regular season on Sunday afternoon with a 3:07 p.m. first pitch scheduled at Sahlen Field.