The Orioles can’t wait to get out of Toronto. For years, the Rogers Centre has been a most unfriendly environment for the Orioles, and this weekend, it was downright awful.
After Sunday’s disappointing 13-5 loss to the Blue Jays, the Orioles head home to begin a seven-game homestand. The 13 runs allowed were the most the Orioles have given up this season.
Freddy Garcia (3-5) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. T.J. McFarland gave up five runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings, his longest stint as a major leaguer. Pedro Strop allowed the final run in the seventh inning.
Josh Johnson (1-2) helped the Blue Jays (38-36) win their 11th straight, equaling a franchise high. Johnson allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings, walking one and striking out five.
The Orioles (42-34) suffered just their third three-game sweep of the season, and are 2-5 at Toronto. For the eighth straight year, they won’t win a season series at the Rogers Centre, but if they sweep three games from the Blue Jays in September, they’ll salvage a split.
Toronto scored a run in the first when Garcia hit J.P. Arencibia with the bases loaded, three runs in the second and five in the third. They added four in the seventh.
Edwin Encarnacion led the Blue Jays with three hits and four RBIs including his 21st home run. Colby Rasmus hit his 14th.
Ryan Flaherty had two home runs for the Orioles. He has five this season, three of them this weekend.
Manny Machado, who had his 34th double, Chris Dickerson and Nick Markakis had two hits for the Orioles.