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Blue Jays: Tall lead proves short

You’d be forgiven for thinking the Toronto Blue Jays pulled off another big win over the Baltimore Orioles last night.

Toronto jumped out to a 6-1 lead after just two innings of work and this is where you may have turned off the television confident in the fact that the Blue Jays would cruise to a second straight win against the Orioles. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

The Orioles chipped away at the Blue Jays’ lead in the top of the third inning, pushing two runs across home plate to make it a 6-3 game, before their offence exploded in the top of the fifth inning for six more runs. They never again trailed after this.

Nelson Cruz provided the bulk of the Orioles’ offence hitting two home runs. He broke the game open with a grand slam in the fateful fifth frame. The two teams would combine to hit seven homes runs in total – four for the Orioles, three for the Blue Jays.

Todd Redmond recorded the loss for Toronto. He was unable to get starter Dustin McGowan out of trouble and conceded three runs of his own in 0.2 unimpressive innings of relief.

This was a game that the Blue Jays could’ve won and probable one that they should’ve won as well based on their early lead. Instead, they took the loss and now sit at 11-10 on the season to date.

Despite a good start to the season, Toronto has essentially been unable to break free of .500 baseball. If they hope to win their second straight series against the Orioles, a win tonight is essential.

Following this series, the Blue Jays will entertain the Boston Red Sox for three games at Rogers Centre.

These are both important series for the Blue Jays and it’s good to see that their offence has finally come alive, but if their pitching remains sub-par, all those extra runs might go to waste just like they did last night.

Photo credit: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

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