Orioles outlast Blue Jays with walk-off in 13th inning
Biagini has career-high 10 strikeouts in solid outing
The Baltimore Orioles did just about everything necessary to win before Jonathan Schoop finally completed the task in the 13th inning.
Schoop doubled in the game's lone run, and Baltimore's diligence over the course of the lengthy evening produced a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Using great defence, solid pitching and timely hitting, the Orioles earned their eighth win in nine games. They stand just two-and-a-half games behind the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card.
"Every time you win, it's fun," Schoop said. "Everybody does the job. That's why we win."
Manny Machado led off the 13th with an infield hit off Aaron Loup (2-3) and Schoop followed with a liner to right-centre that put an end to a game that lasted nearly four-and-a-half hours.
That was the highlight, but there were many key plays before that.
Toronto missed a chance to take the lead in the ninth when Kevin Pillar was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Darwin Barney's one-out grounder to Schoop at second.
Schoop and <a href="https://twitter.com/EutawBackstop">@EutawBackstop</a> combined for this crucial out at the plate in the 9th: <a href="https://t.co/scvM7H5aP5">https://t.co/scvM7H5aP5</a>—@Orioles
That was the closest either team came to scoring until the top of the 13th, when left fielder Trey Mancini made a leaping catch to rob Steve Pearce of a potential RBI double.
Mancini goes the distance. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Birdland?src=hash">#Birdland</a> <a href="https://t.co/w8C6c2L3el">pic.twitter.com/w8C6c2L3el</a>—@Orioles
"He hit that ball as hard as you can hit it, so Mancini did one [heck] of a job," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "That will be on a highlight reel."
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman blanked Toronto on five hits over six-plus innings, his second straight scoreless start. He struck out eight and was pulled after his only walk of the game.
"It's a good game to win," manager Buck Showalter said, "but you've got to do so many things for it to happen."
Jimmy Yacabonis (1-0) worked the 13th for his first major league victory.
"It really was a great ballgame," Gibbons said. "Both teams played very well; both teams pitched very well. There were some big plays on both sides."
.<a href="https://twitter.com/WayneTwentyOcho">@WayneTwentyOcho</a> didn’t buy a ticket, but still made his way to the front row. 😮 <a href="https://t.co/X65dJCOurS">pic.twitter.com/X65dJCOurS</a>—@BlueJays
Toronto starter Joe Biagini had a career-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings in the best outing of his two-year major league career. Making his 13th career start, the right-hander allowed five hits — all singles — and retired the last 15 batters he faced.
Biagini was 2-8 with a 6.02 ERA as a starter this season.
"The challenge for me has been trying to find consistency," Biagini said. "It's nice to throw one of those in there every once in a while."
Orioles centre fielder Adam Jones was ejected in the first inning by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg, who took exception to Jones yelling from the dugout following a three-pitch strikeout. It was Jones' second career ejection, both this season.
Jones was replaced by Craig Gentry, who left in the fourth inning with a fractured right middle finger.
Gentry will be examined by a doctor and could be sidelined for more than a week.
Jays minor-leaguer suspended
Toronto pitcher Luis Pena has been suspended for violating baseball's minor league drug program.
Pena was banned for 72 games Friday following a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol, the commissioner's office said. The 19-year-old right-hander was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA this year for the rookie-level Dominican Summer League Blue Jays.