Slowly but surely, the Blue Jays are losing control in the major league playoff race, losing their third straight game, this time 4-2 to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in Toronto.
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The attack again had difficulty finding its rhythm, having scored all of its two points from the first assault, following the 25th long ball of the season from Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
It was one of the only missteps by visiting starting pitcher Dean Kremer (5-4), who eventually struck out six batters in seven innings of work, allowing seven strikes to the safe and one on balls.
His vis-à-vis, Alek Manoah (12-6), experienced the opposite scenario, with a good start to the match, before seeing his efforts ruined by long balls. Cedric Mullins and Adley Rutschman each kicked out Jays gunner offerings out of bounds in the fifth inning. Ramon Urias and Ryan McKenna, for their part, drove in the other runs for the winners, each using a single in the sixth round at bat for the Orioles.
Manoah finally left the mound after five and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on as many hits and walks.
In the standings, the only Canadian team in major league baseball is now in danger of being expelled from the three draft teams. By virtue of a 61-54 record, they are only half a game ahead of the Orioles.
The Jays will therefore have to win in the last game of the series, Wednesday, if they do not want to be overtaken by their rivals in the East section of the American.