TORONTO – Marcus Stroman pitched seven solid innings and the Toronto Blue Jays scored three unearned runs to beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Saturday in the second game of a series between the AL East’s worst teams.
Stroman (3-7) allowed one run while scattering five hits over a 107-pitch performance. Three of those hits came in the first inning and included an RBI single from Adam Jones that gave Baltimore (28-71) its only run.
Stroman, coming off his seventh loss of the season at Boston before the all-star break, struck out seven, hit a batter and issued two walks.
Randal Grichuk and Luke Maile drove in runs for the Blue Jays (45-52) and Teoscar Hernandez scored on a balk.
Ryan Tepera pitched the ninth for the save, getting some help from Grichuk on a nice defensive catch in deep centre field on the first out.
Alex Cobb (2-13) allowed four runs — only one of them earned — and four hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked three batters.