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BALTIMORE – Adopted Montrealer Otto Lopez performed well on Wednesday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ first game of a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles.
The Dominican, who grew up in La Belle Province, opened the scoring for Toronto by hitting a productive single at the start of the 2nd inning.
He finished the game with three hits in as many at-bats. In Game 2, he was promoted to No. 1 in the batting order.
The Orioles, however, rallied from a 4-0 deficit to win 5-4 in this meaningless encounter in the standings.
Terrin Vavra hit a three-run homer in Baltimore’s victory, for his 1st career MLB homer.
Young Jays receiver Gabriel Moreno, the club’s best hope, was not left out, as he also opened his counter with a first long ball.
Faced with the reality of having to pitch 18 innings of baseball in a matter of hours while preparing for the start of the playoffs this Friday against Seattle, the Jays sent a different pitcher to the mound for each of the first four innings.
Reliever Mitch White (0-5) then took over and pitched in the final four. He gave up five earned runs on seven hits.
Game 2 of the doubleheader, and the last regular schedule game for both teams, is currently underway at Camden Yards.
We will also play on Saturday. If a third game is needed, it would take place on Sunday. All games will take place at the Rogers Centre.
Baltimore is already at 83 wins, a year after a campaign of 110 losses.