BALTIMORE -- Inning after inning, no one scored. The Orioles used three top relievers for two innings apiece, and finally second baseman Jonathan Schoop’s double scored third baseman Manny Machado in the bottom of the 13th.
The Orioles’ 1-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays before 16,627 on Sept. 1 helped them in the wild-card race. Because Minnesota, which is currently the American League’s second wild-card team, lost to Kansas City, the Orioles moved to within 1 1/2 games of the Twins. They trail New York, the top wild-card team by 2 1/2 games.
Machado led off the 13th with an infield single, and Schoop fouled with a double to right-center, his 101st RBI.
"It's a good game to win, but you've got to do so many things for it to happen," manager Buck Showalter said.
Schoop said he knew that Machado would score.
"Of course. As soon as I hit it I knew it was going to go into the gap and I know Manny was going to get on his horse, trying to score," Schoop said. "In my mind was just try to go to third and if they throw him out at all at least I’m on third for the next guy to drive me in."
Showalter has long decried the expanded rosters, but he put it to use early and late in the game. Center fielder Adam Jones was ejected from the game in the bottom of the first inning for arguing with home plate umpire Pat Hoberg.
Showalter replaced Jones with Craig Gentry for the second, and two innings later, Gentry left the game with a broken right middle finger. Joey Rickard, who was one of the five additions to the roster, replaced Gentry.
Gentry will see a specialist this weekend, and it’s not known how long he will be out. Showalter wasn’t sure if the Orioles would call up an outfielder to replace him.
Besides Rickard, the Orioles added right-handed relievers Richard Rodriguez and Jimmy Yacabonis, catcher Chance Sisco and designated hitter Pedro Alvarez.
After right-hander Brad Brach, left-hander Zach Britton and right-hander Miguel Castro each pitched two scoreless innings, Yacabonis pitched a scoreless 13th for the win.
"Pretty surreal. It was cool," Yacabonis said. "To get a win on the biggest stage is a good experience."
Kevin Gausman continued his excellent second half of the season. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just five hits and reduced his ERA to 4.79.
Gausman was more than matched by Toronto’s Joe Biagini, who threw seven shutout innings. Biagini retired the last 15 Orioles to face him.
"We were kind of going back and forth there for a while," Gausman said. "You kind of got the sense that whoever scored first was going to win that game."
There were excellent plays in the field from Schoop who threw home to nab Toronto’s Kevin Pillar in the ninth, Machado, and left fielder Trey Mancini, who leaped to catch Steve Pearce’s drive for the final out in the 13th.
MORE ON CALL-UPS: Neither Rodriguez nor Sisco has ever played in the major leagues, and they weren’t used in the Orioles’ second 13-inning game of the season. Nor was Alvarez. Because Alvarez, Rodriguez and Sisco were not on the 40-man roster, they had to be added to it.
Right-handed pitchers Logan Verrett and Tyler Wilson were designated for assignment.
"I hope he gets claimed. He’s got a major league personality and work habits," Showalter said of Wilson.
When the Orioles bring back shortstop J.J. Hardy from the 60-day disabled list, perhaps on Sept. 4, he’ll have to be added to the 40-man. Hardy was scheduled for a cortisone shot on his right elbow.
Showalter also indicated that he’d like to add corner infielder Chris Johnson, son of Triple-A Norfolk manager Ron Johnson.
He said that finding room on a crowded 40-man roster isn’t as big an issue as some might think.
"If you’re doing the job, the roster thing, we’ll figure it out," Showalter said. "Do we have something to replace that and can we find a similar piece in the off-season?"
NOTES: LHP Wade Miley (8-10, 4.99) and RHP Marcus Stroman are the Sept. 2 starters. … The Orioles have added minor league pitching coordinator John Wasdin and minor league infield coordinator Dave Anderson to their coaching staff.