BALTIMORE-- A long night for Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and an offense that couldn't muster a hit with a runner in scoring position spoiled another gem by Dylan Bundy.Bundy, who struck out what was a season-high eight batters in Houston, fanned 10 over seven innings on Monday, but
BALTIMORE-- A long night for Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes Jr. and an offense that couldn't muster a hit with a runner in scoring position spoiled another gem by Dylan Bundy.
Bundy, who struck out what was a season-high eight batters in Houston, fanned 10 over seven innings on Monday, but was still saddled with the 7-1 series-opening loss to the Jays. The righty, winless this season despite three quality outings, watched Cortes serve up an RBI walk and a ninth-inning grand slam to Josh Donaldson to put the game out of reach.
"He was outstanding in a time of need," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy, who gave the O's bullpen a bit of a breather after a short start and pair of extra-inning games in New York.
"He knew what was at stake. ... That was much appreciated by the bullpen, for sure, but we certainly would have liked to reward his effort. We just scored one run tonight. Regardless of what you want to say about the pitching, there was a lot of fallout from the 26 innings in two of our games."
The ninth inning marked the second grand slam Cortes has given up in his young career, as he also gave up one in Houston on Tuesday.
"Everything wasn't working. I didn't have anything. Just wasn't executing pitches," said Cortes, who was charged with two earned runs and has a 7.71 ERA this season. "It can't happen. You can't come into that [bases-loaded] situation and give up a walk."
But Cortes, who entered after Mychal Givens loaded the bases for the second consecutive inning, wasn't the only one to blame in the unseasonably cold, damp loss.
Baltimore went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. Most notably, slugger Chris Davis continued to struggle, breaking his bat over his leg after a sixth-inning strikeout. Davis, who also slammed his helmet down at another point, had two strikeouts, a two-strike bunt back to the mound and grounded into a double play.
Bundy's only mistake over seven frames was a 3-0 pitch to former Oriole Steve Pearce, who sent it out for a two-run homer in the third.
"Up there I really wasn't thinking he was going to swing 3-0, and he did. And I left it right down the middle for him to hit over the fence," Bundy said. "Just a mistake I made and a costly one, 2-1 there. You have to learn from your mistakes."
Manny Machado hit a solo homer -- his third since Thursday -- in the bottom of the third off J.A. Happ to bring the O's within one.
But that was as close as they'd get off Happ, who went six innings and didn't allow another run before turning it over to the bullpen. The Jays' southpaw walked three but the O's, who had the bases loaded in the fifth, couldn't come up with the big hit all night.
"It's really a two-day fallout what happened in the series there," Showalter said of the four-game series in New York. "We had a chance to win it, though. We just couldn't overcome, we just couldn't get that big knock."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Happ escapes: The Orioles loaded the bases in the fifth thanks to a walk and hit by pitch, and Adam Jones tapped back to the mound in what looked like an easy double play. But Happ's throw was a bit wide, causing catcher Russell Martin to be a bit off balance as he threw to first and the ball hit Jones in the back. Jones was ruled to be outside the basepath as he ran to first, and it went down as a 1-2-3 double play.
O's threaten, Barnes delivers: A pair of one-out singles by Trey Mancini and Machado off Jays reliever Danny Barnes made things interesting in the seventh. But center fielder Kevin Pillar chased down Jonathan Schoop's long flyout and Barnes got Jones to fly out to left to keep the Jays' lead intact in the sixth.
"There's frustration involved. Don't ever assume someone doesn't care. Chris is frustrated right now. He wants to contribute every at-bat. You can tell, even bunting there. He's just trying to make a contribution. It's frustrating for him." -- Showalter, on Davis
The Orioles will give the ball to Andrew Cashner against Toronto for Tuesday night's game, which is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. Cashner bounced back from a rough debut, tossing six innings of one-run ball in Thursday's win at Yankee Stadium. The righty will look to keep things rolling against Toronto.
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