O's crank out 17 hits to help Rogers win debut

Lefty shows poise, escapes bases-loaded jam in 4th to hold big lead

August 29th, 2018

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are using the remaining six weeks of the season to evaluate new talent like lefty starter Josh Rogers, who was acquired in the Zach Britton trade and made his Major League debut on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.

But that doesn't mean they can't appreciate the remnants of this roster and the second-half surge of the offense. Red-hot doubled and tripled and delivered the big blow with a three-run homer -- joining in going deep -- as the O's backed Rogers with a 12-5 series win against the Blue Jays.

Baltimore rapped out 17 hits, including Gentry's first homer this season, to mark its first series win since taking three of four at Tampa Bay from July 26-29.

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"It's awesome. I think he went out there and did a great job," Gentry said of being able to support Rogers' debut. "For his first game, he kept himself really composed and pitched well. I don't hit a lot of those [homers], so they're all special. All seven of them."

Rogers -- who arrived in Baltimore on Monday night -- held his own over five innings, keeping the Jays off the scoreboard until the fourth in front of more than 30 friends and family. A two-run homer from cost him another pair of runs, and the lefty -- the first southpaw to start for Baltimore this season -- was charged with seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Not bad for a guy who wasn't in the organization a month ago.

"I was telling [Sean] Gilmartin earlier, I'm supposed to be in Double-A this year. I was supposed to start in Trenton and be in the [Yankees'] starting rotation in Double-A," Rogers said. "To get to start in Scranton [Triple-A] and then with the trade, and then have the opportunity here and make my big league debut, it's just a dream come true for me and my family."

The 24-year-old Rogers, who was inserted in the rotation in Yefry Ramirez's spot, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth and held his own in the 85-pitch outing.

"I didn't want to take him out of the game, especially after seeing his mom and dad here," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of being relieved Rogers was able to rebound after Smoak's blast. "I planned coming into the game to take him to five, maybe the sixth tops. But we weren't really good in the bullpen for length. I don't know if relief is the word. I'm just proud how much that meant to him."

The same could not be said for Jays rookie Thomas Pannone, who allowed seven earned runs in just 3 1/3 innings. The lefty, who tossed seven scoreless innings against the Orioles last week, was roughed up in his second try. Beckham's blast highlighted a four-run third inning with Gentry -- who also drove in three runs -- going deep in the fourth.

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tied his career high with four hits while Mancini -- fresh off Monday's five-RBI night -- scored twice to go along with his two extra-base hits. Chris Davis also drove in three runs, including two as part of a three-run eighth inning off Murphy Smith.

"I'm not sure if it was us or him," Showalter said of Pannone's struggles. "He wasn't nearly as sharp as he was at their place. He got into a good rhythm and was working both sides of the plate [there]. I don't think he ever got his feet on the ground [tonight]."

O's righty Mike Wright Jr. surrendered a solo homer to in the seventh while gave up a run in the ninth.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED

Diaz Strikeout After an overturned called awarded first base with two outs, extending the inning, Rogers walked to load the bases. But the lefty hunkered down to strike out to quash the threat.

"That's a tough one. [Pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] was talking about it to me in the dugout. What a momentum swing that is," Showalter said of the fourth-inning. "Any pitcher, especially him, they made his double-play ball. We don't quite turn it and all of the sudden we're back there [in the inning]… it tests your mettle. He handled it well."

MAKE A WISH

The Orioles welcomed Vincent, an eight-year-old from Costa Mesa, Calif., to Oriole Park through Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. Vincent, who has Leukemia, received a tour of the ballpark and was given his own locker and nameplate with a personalized jersey and hat. He also presented the Orioles' lineup card to the umpires prior to the game.

HE SAID IT

"I can't even lie. I woke up sick this morning. I was pretty nervous all day and then I got to go to lunch with my family and my grandparents and my dad, mom, sister, girlfriend -- so it was really good to just kind of get away from it a little bit, stop thinking about it. It was good to do that and just get away from the game for a minute. Really, when I started playing catch in the outfield, it was like everything kind of settled in. It didn't feel like another night, but I was just trying to throw strikes." -- Rogers, on pregame jitters

"I'm a lot older than a lot of these guys. It's a little weird, but I don't feel that old, but I guess being around younger guys makes you feel young." -- Gentry, on being an elder statesman

UP NEXT

Alex Cobb, coming off a strong start against the Yankees, will get the ball in Wednesday's finale against the Jays at Camden Yards. The righty, who has been the O's best second-half pitcher, will be opposed by lefty in the 7:05 p.m. ET matchup.