The Toronto Blue Jays hope to have Troy Glaus back in the lineup Tuesday when they try to avoid their second three-game losing streak of the season in a matchup with the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards.
Glaus sat out Monday’s 4-0 loss in the series opener with a lower back injury. It was the first game missed this year for the slugger, who was hurt when he collided with shortstop Aaron Hill while chasing a foul ball in a 10-5 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Glaus, who received treatment Monday, is batting .267 with 17 homers and 45 RBIs. He’s 6-for-19 against Baltimore this season.
The Blue Jays were swept in a three-game series at Colorado from May 19-21, giving them a season-high three consecutive losses.
Without Glaus, Toronto (31-25) managed only four singles Monday and was blanked for just the second time this season. The Blue Jays, though, have been shut out four times in their last 14 meetings with the Orioles (27-31).
Vernon Wells went 0-for-3 with a walk as he became the first Blue Jay other than Glaus to bat in the cleanup spot. It was part of a tough night at the plate for the Jays, who had five of their first 10 hitters strike out.
“We just look like we came out a little flat today,” catcher Gregg Zaun said. “Really no excuse for that, no reason for it. I know guys were trying as hard as they could. We didn’t have a real good energy level tonight, and that seemed to carry all the way though the game.”
The Blue Jays and Orioles have split six meetings this year.
Rookie Ty Taubenheim (0-2, 6.75 ERA) makes his third start of the season for Toronto and first against Baltimore on Tuesday. He’s lost both of his previous starts, posting an 8.59 ERA in those outings.
The Blue Jays have lost in all four appearances made by the 23-year-old right-hander, who had his turn skipped last time and pitched a scoreless inning of relief in an 8-6 loss to Boston on Wednesday.
Baltimore improved to 4-3 on a 10-game homestand as Daniel Cabrera pitched five strong innings after being activated from the disabled list before the game. Kevin Millar homered for the third time in his last four games as part of a 12-hit attack.
Center fielder Corey Patterson was credited with a stolen base in the fifth inning to extend his streak to nine straight games with one, the majors’ longest such streak since 1996. He reached on a bunt and took second base when Toronto starter Ted Lilly’s pitchout soared to the screen.
Second baseman Brian Roberts was caught stealing in the sixth inning, ending Baltimore’s streak of 21 successful steals.
The Orioles will send Canadian left-hander Erik Bedard (5-5, 5.97) to the mound. Bedard is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts against the Blue Jays this season.
Bedard is 0-3 with a 13.89 ERA over his last three outings. He fell to 4-1 in seven starts at home this season after giving up five runs and four hits over three innings of an 8-6 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday.