TORONTO -- Dylan Bundy's struggle with the long ball reared its ugly head again on Tuesday night as he surrendered three homers in an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed a Major League-leading 33 home runs this season, four more than Bartolo Colon
TORONTO -- Dylan Bundy's struggle with the long ball reared its ugly head again on Tuesday night as he surrendered three homers in an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed a Major League-leading 33 home runs this season, four more than Bartolo Colon in second place (29). He's two home runs shy of the Orioles' team record of 35 held by Jeremy Guthrie (2009), Sidney Ponson (1999), Scott McGregor (1986) and Robin Roberts (1963).
Toronto scored a run in the first inning when Kendrys Morales cashed in Curtis Granderson to give the Blue Jays an early lead. An inning later, Bundy gave up a solo shot to Aledmys Diaz that just cleared the wall, flying just 381 feet, according to Statcast™, over the right-center field wall.
"I was trying to throw a slider off the plate, and it stayed on the plate, and he hit a homer," Bundy said. "That's how it goes."
Bundy got into trouble in the fourth inning, surrendering three runs on four hits, but it was in the fifth inning that the Blue Jays got to Bundy for back-to-back home runs. Justin Smoak led off with a tough-luck homer that traveled just 352 feet, according to Statcast™. Morales followed by crushing a ball to deep center field that knocked Bundy out of the game.
"Thought I made two decent pitches to Smoak and Morales there, but they caught more of the plate than I wanted to," Bundy said.
The Blue Jays' seven earned runs off Bundy marked his third consecutive game allowing seven earned runs. The three-game stretch has raised his ERA from 4.38 to 5.31.
"It's just the shape of his pitches, the finish," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That's just very unlike Dylan, and this is probably the toughest stretch he's had. … It seems like every mistake he makes, he's paying a price for."
Ryan Meisinger came in relief to finish the fifth inning, but he was unable to come out unscathed, allowing a solo homer to Billy McKinney to give the Blue Jays a six-run lead.
Tanner Scott and Cody Carroll finished out the night, allowing just one hit and one walk over three combined innings.
"Carroll was good again with a little different delivery thing that [pitching coach Roger McDowell] did with him," Showalter said.
The Orioles' offense came courtesy of a Caleb Joseph RBI single in the second inning and Cedric Mullins' solo shot in the fifth, his second home run of the season.
Blue Jays starter Sam Gaviglio held Baltimore to just six hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings pitched. Toronto turned the ball over to Jake Petricka and Justin Shafer, who surrendered one hit over their two combined innings of work.
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MULLINS STAYS HOT
Mullins has continued to look good since being called up on Aug. 10. The team's No. 9 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, has hit .333 with four RBIs in his first 11 games.
"If you look at his track record, he's kind of doing what he's done [in the Minors]," Showalter said. "That's what's been fun to watch. He's actually come up here and been the same player he was at the level behind him."
John Andreoli went 1-for-3 with a walk in his Orioles debut.
David Hess (2-7, 5.95 ERA) will look to continue where he left off when he takes the mound in the series finale against the Blue Jays at 12:37 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. Hess pitched six innings and allowed just two runs in his most recent start, against the Indians. Thomas Pannone (0-0, 4.15) will make his first Major League start to counter for Toronto. He has pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief this season with the Blue Jays, allowing two runs, and owns a 5.36 ERA in nine Minor League starts this year.
Aaron Rose is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.