BALTIMORE -- The Orioles offense had been potent during their recent hot stretch. Suddenly, it’s become quiet. During their seven-game winning streak, they scored 52 runs, averaging more than seven per game.
On Sept. 1, they came away with a 1-0 win in 13 innings. Twenty-four hours later, on an unseasonably cool night, the Orioles were shut out for the first seven innings and lost 7-2 by the Toronto Blue Jays before 14,815 at Oriole Park on Sept. 2.
Toronto starter Marcus Stroman was struck on his right elbow by a line drive by Orioles designated hitter Mark Trumbo in the second inning, and had to leave the game. Fortunately, Stroman’s injury was diagnosed as only a bruise.
Trumbo’s hit was the second of the inning, but left-hander Matt Dermody came in and pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
The Orioles’ record dropped to 69-67. They trail Minnesota for the second American League wild-card spot by 2 1/2 games.
"We didn’t put much together offensively all night," manager Buck Showalter said.
"It’s one of those, September baseball at its best where people are pitching that are good pitchers, good prospects, but there’s a lot of unknown, and you get ambushed this time of the year easily. It’s just that time of the year with baseball with the way the rules are in September. But that didn’t have anything to do with tonight. We just didn’t swing the bats very well."
Wade Miley allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. The left-hander gave up a leadoff home run to Kevin Pillar in the fifth.
"A mistake to Pillar right there, just not a good pitch there, 0-2," Miley said. "I felt pretty good for the most part. I wasn’t as crisp or as sharp, feeling-wise as I’ve been, but I was able battle through it and made some pretty decent pitches when I needed to."
Richard Rodriguez, the right-hander whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Sept. 1, made his major league debut and allowed four runs in an inning plus a batter.
Josh Donaldson hit a long three-run home run in the seventh off Rodriguez.
Toronto right-hander Luis Santos, who was making his major league debut, pitched 3 1/3 innings for the win.
Chance Sisco made his major league debut in the ninth inning. The young catcher came into the game along with Ryan Flaherty at third and Joey Rickard in center with the Orioles trailing by six runs.
Right fielder Seth Smith’s eighth-inning home run and Trumbo’s ninth-inning RBI single accounted for the Orioles runs.
"I guess we'll have to win more games than the teams in front of us. I guess 2 1/2 more games than Minnesota," Smith said. "That's really all it comes down to. There's no play this way or that way or whatever. We've got to win games, and at this point, it is all about winning more games than the teams that are trying to make the playoffs."
NOTES: Outfielder Craig Gentry, who broke his right middle finger on Sept. 1, will see a specialist for the finger Sept. 3, Showalter said. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list. … Showalter said the Orioles were considering adding another outfielder to the roster to replace Gentry, but there are no minor league outfielders currently on the 40-man roster. … To replace Gentry on the active roster, the Orioles recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk. Hart got the win Aug. 28 when he was with the club on the last day of RHP Dylan Bundy’s bereavement leave. … RHP Alec Asher was also recalled from the Tides. The Orioles now have 10 relief pitchers. … RHP Chris Tillman (1-7. 7.91) and LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 6.83) are the scheduled Sept. 3 starters. … With Rodriguez and Sisco making their major league debuts, the Orioles have used 47 players this season, equaling the number from 2016. When Pedro Alvarez appears in a game, he’ll be the 48th.