Defense off mark as Orioles fade vs. Jays
Machado, Tillman lament missed double-play attempt in 7th inning
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' success over the past few years has hinged on their defensive prowess, and on Tuesday night, that was nowhere to be found. Baltimore tied a season high with three errors in an ugly 10-2 loss to Toronto, which also featured a passed ball, wild pitch and pair of hit batters.
"That wasn't us and it kept rolling," said third baseman Manny Machado, who committed his team-leading eighth error (sixth throwing) in the seventh inning. "That was the inning that we lost the game, and they took advantage of it. It's part of the game. We collapsed and they took advantage."
The Orioles made some costly mistakes in a four-run seventh, starting with Machado's throwing error that allowed Justin Smoak to beat out a potential double play. Machado threw just wide to starter Chris Tillman, who chided himself after the game for not being able to corral the ball.
"Yes, I did [have a shot at it]," Tillman said. "We practice that a ton in Spring Training and throughout the year. I got there with almost too much time. I went out there to get it, and it kind of got away from me."
Tillman exited one out later, with two runners on, and reliever Tommy Hunter and catcher Caleb Joseph got mixed up, resulting in a passed ball and another run across.
First baseman Chris Davis and shortstop J.J. Hardy each committed a throwing error in the eighth, which led to another run, and reliever T.J. McFarland was also charged with a wild pitch in that inning.
"We've been really good in that phase, we weren't tonight," manager Buck Showalter said. "So, learn from it. Try to get back to being more of what we're capable of."