Blue Jays avoid sweep

Trent Thornton pitched six scoreless innings for the Toronto Blue Jays. While Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit his team-leading 16th home run of the season as the Blue Jays overcame the Baltimore Orioles 6-1 on Sunday evening to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Thornton allowed just three hits and struck out five over an 89-pitch outing. This ensured that he bounced back from the worst start of his young career last Tuesday. When he gave up seven runs over eleven hits in 2 2/3 innings against the Red Sox.

“(Pitching coach Pete Walker) and I looked at some video,” Thornton said of the response to his rough start against the Red Sox. “There were some things that could possibly have been tipping. I think a lot of it was mechanical, being a little over-rotational. That was a pretty easy adjustment to make.

“When I’m going straight towards the plate, my stuff is a lot later and sharper,” Thornton added. “Today, for the most part, I felt like I was able to repeat that delivery and kind of attack hitters the way I know I’m capable of.”

Meanwhile, Teoscar Hernandez drove in a pair of runs for the Jays. The result snapped a three-game slide. Also, Danny Jansen and Rowdy Tellez added an RBI apiece.

Chance Sisco supplied the lone run for Baltimore. This was on a solo homer during the seventh inning off reliever David Phelps.

Asher Wojciechowski, who was a 2010 Toronto draft pick, shouldered the loss for the Orioles. Also, he allowed three runs and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts during his 4 1/3 innings.

Furthermore, the game was the last for both teams ahead of the all-star break.

Thornton retired the Orioles in order during the first inning and then was spotted a 2-0 lead. After Gurriel smashed a two-run homer into the second deck on the left field. The Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis was aboard after he had drawn a one-out walk.

Toronto increased their lead to 3-0 during the fourth inning and enjoyed a comfortable 6-0 margin after the first six innings.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led off the fourth innings with a double to right centre and scored on Jansen’s double to the left centre.

Also, a single from Guerrero, a walk to Justin Smoak and a sacrifice fly from Jansen put runners on first and third base with one out during the sixth innings. Tellez pushed Guerrero home with a double and Hernandez knocked in Smoak and Tellez with a single to left field.

The Blue Jays mark of 34-57 with a .374 win percentage is the third lowest at the all-star break in franchise history. After going 16-42 (.276) in 1981 and 29-64 (.312) in 1979.

Toronto resume action after the all-star break with a three-game series against New York at Yankee Stadium. This marks the start of a 10-game road trip that also takes them to Boston and Detroit.

Blue Jays reliever Ken Giles was named to the American League all-star team on Sunday as a replacement for the injured Marcus Stroman. Who is suffering from a left pectoral cramp. Giles is seventh in the AL with 13 saves in 14 opportunities. Meanwhile, Stroman was named to his first all-star game last Sunday. While the Blue Jays recalled pitcher Justin Shafer from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons and optioned outfielder Jonathan Davis to the Bisons on Sunday.



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