O's offense gets boost with sluggers quiet

RBIs from Schoop, Hardy make difference Thursday vs. Blue Jays

April 14th, 2017

TORONTO -- On a night when the middle of the Orioles' lineup went cold, and J.J. Hardy picked up Baltimore's offense as the O's edged the Blue Jays, 2-1, for their second win in as many nights.

, Manny Machado, and Chris Davis combined to go 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts on Thursday night. However, Schoop went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Hardy added an RBI single in the fifth.

"That was a big hit by J.J. to pick up after we got thrown out at the plate," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "That's a big pick up, and we needed every run we could scratch across. Not many times you think two is going to stand up here."

Chemistry set: Schoop, Hardy turn great DP

Schoop recorded the first hit off in the third when he doubled on an 0-2 slider, though he was stranded at second after Hardy grounded out and struck out to end the inning.

Then in the fifth, with two on, Schoop doubled to center off a Liriano slider, scoring before Hardy drove in Schoop for the eventual deciding run.

"There wasn't much margin for error today, and Jon squared a ball up," said Showalter. "Liriano didn't make many mistakes. There was such a small margin for error, and most times you're not going to come out on the winning end of the game the way Lirano was pitching, but [Orioles starter] Kevin [Gausman] was just a tad better."

The two runs were enough for Gausman, who picked up his first win of the season with six innings of one-run ball while allowing five hits, striking out three and walking two.

"Felt good, felt more like myself this start than the first two, definitely," Gausman said. "The biggest thing I tried to work on my bullpen day was just trying to have my rhythm. When I'm able to do that, I'm able to throw fastballs down and away pretty consistently. That's one thing I had: I had good command today."