The Orioles lost Friday’s series opener 14-4 and have been outscored 33-9 over their last four games. Prior to this series, Baltimore was swept three straight by Oakland at home.
Javy Lopez, who returned to the lineup Friday two days after sitting out with lower back pain, homered in the loss. David Newhan and Melvin Mora also connected for the Orioles, who were idle Thursday.
Prior to their current slide, the Orioles had won 11 of 13 and moved within two games of .500. However, they now find themselves 11 games behind Boston and Texas in the AL wild-card race.
“It’s frustrating, to play so well for a two-week stretch and then to have this happen at home, where you’re supposed to win,” Newhan said. “We felt like we were making our move, and then to have this happen is very disappointing.”
Chris Woodward hit his first career grand slam, Eric Hinske added a homer and Orlando Hudson went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs for Toronto, which snapped a four-game overall losing streak and a six-game road slide. Toronto had not scored so many runs since a 14-0 win over Tampa Bay on July 1.
“It was a huge offensive night, very well needed,” Hudson said.
Saturday’s game will feature the same starters as last Sunday, when the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 11-7.
Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera was pounded for seven runs and eight hits over a season-low 3 2-3 innings. The rookie right-hander gave up a three-run homer to Carlos Delgado in the first and four runs in the fourth.
“I think he was just overthrowing,” manager Lee Mazzilli said. “When they were getting hits, he was in a fastball count.”
Rookie right-hander Dave Bush allowed two runs and seven hits over five innings for Toronto, but was denied a win when the Orioles scored eight runs in the eighth inning.
“Some things I was pleased with, some things I wasn’t,” he said. “The pitch count was very high, and I was behind a lot of hitters—a lot of hitter advantage counts.”