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Long ball hurts Blue Jays again in another loss to Orioles

By Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger delivers against the Orioles during first inning MLB action in Baltimore on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Gail Burton/AP Photo)

Blue Jays starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger delivers against the Orioles during first inning MLB action in Baltimore on Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Gail Burton/AP Photo)

BALTIMORE - 

Welington Castillo, whose nickname is Beef, certainly made mince meat out of the Blue Jays pitching staff this weekend.

After hitting two home runs on Friday, including a walk off 10th inning shot to beat the Blue Jays, Castillo smashed another on Saturday night at Camden Yards to lift the Orioles to a 7-5 win over Toronto. Heading into the weekend series against the Jays, the Baltimore catcher had one homer. Now he has four.

Prior to Castillo’s latest heroics, the Jays seemed to have the game under control. But with one out in the seventh inning, Baltimore’s Chris Davis at first and the Jays leading 5-4, Toronto manager John Gibbons brought in reliever Danny Barnes to face Mark Trumbo. The Orioles’ slugger smashed a hot grounder to Darwin Barney at short, which could have been an inning-ending double play. Barney couldn’t bring it in. The next batter -- Castillo -- smacked a three-run homer to left. It’s likely that sure-handed Ryan Goins, who started the game at short but was pinch hit for Anthony Alford in the seventh, would have made the play.

In any event, the loss ruined a big night for Jays right fielder Jose Bautista who smashed a three-run homer of his own to put Toronto ahead 5-4.

The Jays loaded the bases with none out in the first inning, but only managed to get one run when Kendrys Morales grounded into a double play, scoring Kevin Pillar from third. Baltimore tied it in their half of the inning, also leaving the bases loaded, after Trumbo singled to bring Adam Jones home.

Orioles shortstop Manny Machado hammered a no-doubter off Toronto starter Mike Bolsinger to lead off the third inning, to right field, putting Baltimore up 2-1. Machado also made a tremendous play in the top of the fourth to start an inning-ending double play. Russell Martin smacked a grounder down the third base line, Machado went to his right to scoop it and then fired a bullet to second to start the double play.

The Orioles went yard again in the fifth, this time it was Trumbo who smacked a 2-1 offering from Bolsinger for two more runs, putting Baltimore ahead 4-1.

Justin Smoak’s solo shot in the sixth gave him 29 RBI on the season, leading the team in that department. It was his 12th RBI in the last nine games. The next batter, Travis, hit his 14th double this month. The franchise record is 15 (Fred Lewis-2010).