Thursday’s 6-2 loss at Toronto gave Baltimore its third straight road series defeat. The Orioles have lost seven of their last nine road games, but still cling to a half-game lead over second-place Boston in the AL East.
Baltimore is batting just .226 and has a 7.36 ERA while going 3-6 in its last nine road games. The Orioles began the season with an 18-8 road mark.
Andruw Jones went 0-for-3 in the loss, but didn’t strike out and drew a walk, continuing his disciplined approach at the plate of late. The center fielder had hit nine homers in his previous 12 games, and has struck out just once while drawing five walks in his last six games.
Jones struck out a career-high 147 times last season, and has twice as many strikeouts (1,068) as walks (525) in his career.
“I’m still working on being consistent, having great at-bats and just putting the ball in play,” said Jones, who is on a pace to break his career-best homer total of 36, set in 2000.
The franchise record of 47 homers is shared by Hall of Famers Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron.
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