TORONTO -- Timothy Beckham did his best to fill in offensively for the recently departed Manny Machado, but the 28-year-old still has some work to do on defense.Beckham put the Orioles ahead in the fifth inning with a two-run blast over the center-field wall, but he made an errant throw
TORONTO -- Timothy Beckham did his best to fill in offensively for the recently departed Manny Machado, but the 28-year-old still has some work to do on defense.
Beckham put the Orioles ahead in the fifth inning with a two-run blast over the center-field wall, but he made an errant throw to first base in the 10th inning that put the game-winning run on base, then he couldn't keep the ball in the infield, allowing Russell Martin to score on a seeing-eye ground ball to third base that proved the difference in the Blue Jays' 8-7 win over the Orioles.
"I had a lot more time than I thought," Beckham said. "The play has to be made every time. We played a good game as a team, it sucks it came down like that."
Baltimore's offense was dormant for most of the night, but it came alive late, scoring a pair of runs in the eighth to cut Toronto's lead to three. In the ninth, the Orioles took flight, attacking Blue Jays closer Tyler Clippard for three runs, highlighted by a pair of home runs from Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop to tie the game. But the Orioles bullpen gave up the lead in the 10th inning when Russell Martin came around to score on an Aledmys Diaz single to third base that ricocheted off the glove of Renato Nunez.
"We didn't play very well defensively again," manager Buck Showalter said. "We clawed our way back into it, but we couldn't get over the hump there. Defense was a challenge, it kind of caught up with us."
Beckham is expected to take over full-time shortstop duties for the Orioles, who traded Machado to the Dodgers on July 18. Prior to the deal, Beckham had started 40 games this season at third base, but he's no stranger to shortstop, where he's played 177 games over his seven-year Major League career.
"I think Timmy is going to settle in there real quickly," Showalter said prior to the game. "I'm not going to move Tim around."
Beckham struck out looking on a full-count sinker that snuck just inside the strike zone in the first inning. Two innings later he got on base via a hit by pitch. His homer came in his third at-bat against Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio. Beckham has been dangerous against starters the third time through the order, hitting .346 this season. He finished the night 1-for-4 with one error and a pair of defensive miscues.
Dylan Bundy started the game strong for the Orioles, retiring the first six batters in order, but he surrendered a third-inning home run to Diaz, and then his fastball control fell apart in the fifth inning.
"I didn't really have much command of the heater today," Bundy said. "I thought the offspeed stuff was pretty sharp today. I just left a few pitches up there, a lot more in the fifth than the rest of the game."
"We get that one-run lead, then I give up the solo shot, then your mentality is leave it right there," Bundy said. "But I wasn't able to stop the bleeding there, and they kept going."
The three home runs Bundy allowed put him at 23 this season, the second most of any pitcher in the Majors.
After a shut-down sixth inning from Jhan Marinez, Showalter turned the ball over to potential trade chip Mychal Givens. The 28-year-old reliever is under contract until 2022 and had reportedly garnered trade interest, but he hurt his stock, allowing two runs on three hits in his one inning of work, raising his ERA to 4.56.
Gaviglio held the Orioles offense in check for four innings, but allowed a pair of runs each in the fifth and eighth. He finished the night after 7 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs and striking out eight.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bundy gives lead right back: After the Orioles offense put up a pair of runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead, Bundy gave the lead right back, allowing back-to-back home runs to Martin and Randal Grichuk -- the first two batters he saw in the bottom of the inning. He continued to unravel from there, giving up three more hits and a total of four runs before the inning was up.
Orioles escape jam: Miguel Castro got Teoscar Hernandez swinging on a 2-1 sinker to get the second out of the ninth inning with runners at second and third. Paul Fry came in and got Justin Smoak swinging on an outside fastball to escape the jam.
Chris Davis' eighth-inning two-run shot was his 39th career homer against the Blue Jays, the most he's hit against any team.
Alex Cobb (2-12, 6.41 ERA) returns from the All-Star break to take on the Blue Jays on Saturday at 1:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre. Over his seven Major League seasons, Cobb's ERA is over a run better in the second half of the year, dropping from 4.34 to 3.16 after the All-Star break. Cobb pitched well in his last time out, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Rangers. Toronto counters with Marcus Stroman (2-7, 5.86), who allowed four runs, three earned, over five innings in his last outing against the Red Sox.
Aaron Rose is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto.