Apr 9, 2010 - Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Travis Snider and Jose Bautista spearheaded another ninth-inning Toronto comeback, and the Blue Jays scored twice in the ninth to down the Orioles, 7-6, in Baltimore's 2010 home opener.
After the Orioles scored once in the eighth to forge ahead, Mike Gonzalez (0-2) came on to save the game for the hosts; however, he walked Edwin Encarnacion to start the frame, and Encarnacion went to second on a wild pitch. Snider followed with a double to the gap in right-center, plating the tying run, and Snider moved to third on a sacrifice bunt.
Bautista capped the comeback with a deep sacrifice fly to center, easily scoring Snider for a 7-6 lead. Kevin Gregg came on in the home half and retired Baltimore in order for his first save with Toronto.
Snider and Bautista each finished with a pair of hits for the Blue Jays, who posted three runs in the ninth inning on Friday to beat the Rangers, 3-1. Alex Gonzalez added a solo homer in Toronto's third straight win.
Brandon Morrow made his Jays debut after being acquired from Seattle and allowed five runs, four hits and five walks in five frames. Casey Janssen (2-0) notched the win despite giving up the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Miguel Tejada went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and four total RBI for the Orioles, who have lost three of four to start the season. Brad Bergesen yielded five runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings in the start, and Gonzalez blew his second save in three chances this season.
Each team scored three times in the first inning.
Baltimore came right back, filling the bases with nobody out on two walks and a hit batsman. Tejada followed with a two-run single up the middle, and Matt Wieters walked two batters later to re-load the bases. Another walk to Nolan Reimold forced in the tying run before Garrett Atkins grounded into an inning- ending double play.
Gonzalez put Toronto back in front with a leadoff homer to begin the third, and Adam Lind's RBI single in the fifth provided a two-run cushion.
The Orioles quickly tied it in the home fifth, as Nick Markakis doubled and came around to score on Tejada's first home run of the season.
Baltimore then took its first lead of the game in the eighth off Janssen. Wieters walked leading off and was replaced by Felix Pie on the basepaths. After the next two batters flied out, Cesar Izturis singled to center, and Pie was able to race all the way home when the catcher Buck was unable to handle the throw from the outfield.
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts left the game in the second inning with a strained abdominal muscle and was replaced by Julio Lugo...Every game for Baltimore this season has been decided by one run...These two teams split 18 meetings last season...Toronto has now won as many games in Baltimore in 2010 as it did in all of 2009 (1-8)...Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill missed his second straight game (hamstring)...The Orioles had won eight of their last nine home openers...Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells, who had four homers in his first three games, went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Who was MBP?
Miguel Tejada (3-5, HR, 4 RBI's, R) (20 votes)
Nick Markakis (1-3, 2B) (0 votes)
Nolan Reimold (2 RBI's) (0 votes)
Cesar Iztruis (Clutch RBI Double, Made A Nice Fielding Play) (0 votes)
Felix Pie (Scored the Go Ahead Run, despite Juan Samuel's stupidity) (1 vote)
NO ONE (3 votes)
24 total votes