BALTIMORE -- In the first two games of their three-game series with the Blue Jays, the Orioles' offense was nearly silent. Their bats came alive in the third game.Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Chris Davis each had two hits as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 5-3 on Wednesday night
BALTIMORE -- In the first two games of their three-game series with the Blue Jays, the Orioles' offense was nearly silent. Their bats came alive in the third game.
Jonathan Schoop, Manny Machado and Chris Davis each had two hits as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 5-3 on Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
Coming into the game, Davis was hitting just .081 with three hits in 37 at-bats. He nearly doubled his offensive output with an RBI single in the fourth and an opposite-field single in the seventh. The double was just Davis' second RBI of the season. He raised his average to .122.
"I felt better the last couple days in [batting practice], but that doesn't always translate into success in games," Davis said. "But I know it is there. It's hard sometimes to trust the process, but that's really all you can do. I thought we did a great job tonight of just hanging in there, getting the runs when we could and not trying to do too much, and it resulted in a win for us. So hopefully we can build off of that."
"He had better results tonight," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Davis. "You could tell he had an approach he was trying to stay with."
Schoop broke a 1-for-25 skid with an RBI double in the fourth that scored Machado, and he added a bases-loaded single that scored Machado in the fifth.
"You love to see good things happen to people who work hard at it," Showalter said. " It's just a reminder, [Davis], the number of runs he scored last year, the number of runs he drove in, what he hit, what he did for us. And Jon, he wants to do it every night. He worked hard. He works hard and he never assumes everything. It's like he's playing to establish himself every night, so I'm glad to see him get something back for it."
Kevin Gausman won his first game of the season, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings, walking three and striking out seven.
"Obviously, this is a hitter's ballpark," Gausman said. "One game can turn it around real quick. ...There are some things that haven't gone our way, guys hitting the ball really hard, but also pitchers have been doing a real good job against us."
Alongside Dylan Bundy, the additions of Andrew Cashner and Alex Cobb to the Orioles' rotation excite the 27-year-old Gausman.
"With Cashner and Cobb, it's two more veteran guys that are going to eat innings," Gausman said. "Every fifth day, you're going to give your team a chance to win. In the AL East, that's really all you can ask for."
Brad Brach registered his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bats break out: In two of their first five home games, the Orioles had been no-hit through at least seven innings. Against the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada, the Orioles were hitless for the first three innings, but then scored three runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Machado and Schoop led the inning off with back-to-back doubles, while Davis' single and Timothy Beckham's sacrifice fly capped the scoring in the frame.
High quality: For the third straight night, the Orioles got a quality start. For the first time in the series, their starter got a win. Bundy allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings on Monday. Cashner gave up just four hits in seven scoreless innings Tuesday, and Gausman pitched six strong innings on Wednesday.
Gausman was through 5 2/3 fairly comfortably before he gave up a home run to Aledmys Diaz. He walked the next batter, catcher Luke Maile, but struck out No. 9 batter Mpho' Ngoepe to ensure his outing was a quality start.
"It's possible that it swells, but if it's not broken, then it's definitely something I can play through. Could have been worse, but again, I learned a lesson there, at least. Not to swing at a pitch that inside." -- Orioles left fielder Trey Mancini, on the pitch he hurt his middle finger on from the Blue Jays' John Axford. X-rays came back negative on Mancini's finger.
MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
The Orioles challenged the call of a foul ball on Machado's slicing fly ball down the right field line in the fifth inning, contending that Randal Grichuk made contact with the ball in fair territory as he attempted a diving catch. After a 4-minute, 10-second review, the call was overturned and Machado was given a single, loading the bases with no one out.
Schoop singled in a run, which brought Estrada's outing to an end. Danny Barnes came in and struck out Jones and Alvarez, before Davis flied out to center field and ended the inning.
After an off-day Thursday, the Orioles travel to Boston where they'll play a four-game series with the Red Sox. The Orioles won the season series with the Red Sox last year, 10-9, and won six of nine games in Boston. Chris Tillman will start the opener at Fenway Park, where he has a 2.39 career ERA over nine appearances. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Orioles on Wednesday.