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Bullpen falters as O's fall to Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Brad Brach didn't help his trade value Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old reliever could be the next Oriole traded, but he played a major role in Baltimore's late-inning collapse against the Blue Jays.

Brach surrendered a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk and then lefty Tanner Scott served up a two-run homer to Yangervis Solarte in the eighth inning. Just like that a three-run lead turned into a frustrating 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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TORONTO -- Brad Brach didn't help his trade value Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. The 32-year-old reliever could be the next Oriole traded, but he played a major role in Baltimore's late-inning collapse against the Blue Jays.

Brach surrendered a two-run homer to Randal Grichuk and then lefty Tanner Scott served up a two-run homer to Yangervis Solarte in the eighth inning. Just like that a three-run lead turned into a frustrating 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

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The two-run homer came after Trey Mancini couldn't turn a ground ball from Curtis Granderson into a double play in the previous at-bat. Mancini looked at second base, but couldn't find a throwing lane and instead took the safe out at first.

"Brad's been pitching better," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Just got some balls hit hard, but it's little things. Trey didn't have a lane to throw the ball to second or he'd probably [have] got a double play. Those are the little things."

Video: BAL@TOR: Peterson lines an RBI single to right field

Brach's name has been rumored to be amongst the many Orioles players who could be dealt before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"When I'm out there pitching it's the last thing I'm thinking about," Brach said of the trade rumors. "Obviously it's hard to avoid it right now, but when you're out on the mound it's all about going out there and just executing pitches."

The right-hander recorded just two outs in the eighth inning and raised his ERA from 4.34 to 4.97, but Showalter says he doesn't think the outing will hurt Brach's trade value.

"I think it's more about track record and health," Showalter said. "That's the way I used to look at it. … If you've got enough ability, it really doesn't matter."

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Orioles starter Andrew Cashner went 5 2/3 innings, allowing just a single run in the fourth inning. He was pulled after 79 pitches in his first game back from the 10-day disabled list because Showalter said he didn't want Cashner throwing more than 70 to 80 pitches.

"I didn't know I was on a pitch count," Cashner said. "Had I known that, I maybe would have done a few things different, but it's [Showalter's] decision and I have to respect that."

Video: BAL@TOR: Schoop drives a solo home run to left field

Jonathan Schoop hit his 12th home run of the season in the sixth inning, and Renato Nunez recorded his first RBI with the Orioles on a line-drive double to left field that scored Schoop in the eighth.

Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ struck out nine batters, but he racked up 101 pitches in just five innings. He finished the afternoon allowing just one run on four hits. Tyler Clippard came in to record the save for Toronto, his seventh of year.

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Scott shackled with the loss: After a Justin Smoak infield single, Kendrys Morales grounded out and ended the afternoon for Brach in the eighth inning. Showalter turned to Scott to save the one-run lead, but Scott gave up a two-run homer to Solarte to put Toronto ahead. It was only the fourth home run Scott has allowed in 29 appearances this season.

Video: BAL@TOR: Solarte cranks a go-ahead 2-run homer in 8th

Defensive gaff costs Orioles early: The Blue Jays' lone run off Cashner came in the fourth inning when Jace Peterson made an ill-advised attempt for a highlight reel catch to rob Solarte of a double in the fourth inning, but the Orioles' left fielder came up significantly short. Peterson quickly got back up, but he overshot his cutoff man and Morales slid home safely without a play to give the Blue Jays an early 1-0 lead.

Video: BAL@TOR: Solarte slices an RBI double to left field

SOUND SMART
All 12 of Schoop's home runs this season have been solo shots.

UP NEXT
Kevin Gausman (4-7, 4.33 ERA) makes his first start of the second half in the series opener against the Red Sox on Monday at 7:05 p.m. ET at Camden Yards. The 27-year-old posted a 5.00 ERA in three July starts and could not record six innings in both of his previous two outings. Rick Porcello (11-4, 4.13) counters for Boston. He'll look to rebound after a two-inning, eight-run start against the Blue Jays in his last outing.

Aaron Rose is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.

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