The 21-year-old Lawrie should get another crack at the last-place Orioles on Saturday night as the Blue Jays try move above .500 on their road trip.
The British Columbia native had two singles and drove in a run in his major league debut Friday, a 5-4 Toronto victory. He also committed a fielding error while starting at third base, but it didn’t lead to any runs.
“I’m glad I got the first one out of the way,” Lawrie said of his debut, becoming the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays.
Manager John Farrell, ejected in the seventh inning, was pleased with Lawrie’s demeanor.
“If there weren’t nerves tonight, he wouldn’t be human,” he said. “I’m sure there was some anxiety, some emotion running high. What was most impressive was how he approached each and every at-bat.”
Aaron Hill(notes) drove in two runs for the Blue Jays (57-55) as they avoided losing three straight for the first time since July 5-7 and improved to 2-2 on their trip, which concludes with Sunday’s series finale.
Toronto has won three straight over the Orioles and has gone 22-6 against them since the start of last season, with its starters posting a 2.93 ERA.
He’s 6-1 with a 3.59 ERA in his last nine games with a defeat to the Orioles being the only blemish. On July 26 in Toronto, the right-hander was lit up for seven runs in 3 1-3 innings of the 12-4 loss.
He bounced back with a solid effort against Texas on Sunday, striking out a season-high 11 while allowing two runs in seven innings of a 7-3 victory.
Morrow is 1-0 in four games, including two starts, at Camden Yards.
The right-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to the take the roster spot left open when Jake Arrieta(notes) goes on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury. Arrieta leads the Orioles with 10 wins.
Recalled from the minors last Saturday to start the opener of a day-night doubleheader with the New York Yankees, Tillman was charged with seven runs - five earned - in 4 1-3 innings of the 8-3 defeat. It was the fourth straight start in which Tillman failed to reach the sixth inning.
Tillman is 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in four career outings versus the Blue Jays but has never faced them in Baltimore.
The Orioles (43-66) have dropped eight of 11.