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Jays' next 15 games vs. AL East opponents

Kristopher Love | 01 September, 2016, 05:45

Newcomers to the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays' roster have been tremendous in helping push them two games above the Boston Red Sox in the American League East Division standings.

Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Josh Donaldson extended his hit streak to nine games with a single in the eighth inning.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said these are the type of games that happen when the Jays and Orioles get together. "We would have taken him out of the game, mostly because he took one in the same place last night". "We're going to go out there every single night trying to win, and that's what we've got to do".

Wieters saw just one pitch from Jays reliever Jason Grilli and parked it on the flag court to help pull the Orioles back to within three games of first place. After losing the opener 5-1, the Orioles will look to gain more ground in the series finale today.

In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop walked and Wieters homered off Grilli (4-2), his 12th of the season.

"Honestly all year it felt like I never had surgery", he said. "You don't really get a lot of breaks, just got to make some pitches". He said that they've got to put the dramatic Tuesday victory away. "He did a good job of not swinging at balls".

Dan Otero pitched 2-2/3 hitless and scoreless innings, while Andrew Miller got the last five outs of the game to pick up his 12th save. The 39-year-old right-hander (5.29 season ERA before the trade) transformed into an elite bullpen arm after the Atlanta Braves dealt him for minor league right-hander Sean Ratcliffe on May 31.

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ fell short of tying Boston's Rick Porcello for the major league lead with 18 wins.

Estrada (8-6) gave up one run and four hits with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings.

"I wasn't at my best tonight but this is an elite team, especially at home", Happ said. "They're big games, but we're just going to go out there and try to win", Hardy said. "I gave us what I had tonight, which wasn't a ton but it was enough to keep us in the ballgame".

Kinsler came into the game in a 4-for-47 skid, but he hit a two-run homer in the fifth and added a two-run single in the sixth.

On offense it was three home runs (of course) that did the trick with one each from Steve Pearce, Manny Machado, and Matt Wieters.

Greinke (12-4) allowed two runs - one earned - and six hits to earn his ninth win in 13 career starts against San Francisco and his first overall since August 9.

Baltimore starter Wade Miley (8-11) allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings, his longest effort since coming to the team in July.

The Blue Jays added two more runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Justin Smoak and a fielder's choice by Devon Travis off Tommy Hunter.

"We finally found some barrels on the balls and we're able to drive in some runs in key situations", Machado said. Nava struggled in his only season with the Angels, hitting.235 with one home run and 13 RBIs in 45 games.

ASTROS 3, A'S 1: Collin McHugh pitched six scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis homered for host Houston. Tillman (right shoulder bursitis) could potentially throw off a mound this weekend. The veteran Feldman has compiled a 3.68 ERA for the 2016 season but has also given up 10 runs in 11.1 innings of work since becoming a Blue Jay. With Aaron Sanchez set to take on Yovani Gallardo in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 9.5 runs for tonight's game.

NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2: Max Scherzer didn't allow a hit until the sixth inning and was dominant through eight as visiting Washington beat Philadelphia for the eighth straight time.