Blue Jays vs. Orioles – Game Recap – October 5, 2022
BALTIMORE — Terrin Vavra hit a three-run homer late in the eighth inning to lift the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Wednesday.
It was Vavra’s first career home run, and he capped the Baltimore rally after a 4-0 deficit. Gabriel Moreno hit his first career home run for the Blue Jays, a three-run shot in the sixth.
“It would be nice to get off the bridge between first and fifth and then sail. That’s what I hope to do from time to time,” joked Orioles manager Brandon Hyde. “We like to make it tough, then get jams out, then make a late one to get the win.”
Faced with the task of navigating 18 baseball innings while preparing for their playoff series, the Blue Jays used a different pitcher for each of the first four innings. Then Mitch White took over and worked the back four.
White (0-5) allowed five runs and seven hits.
DL Hall (1-1) picked up his first career win in relief, and Bryan Baker worked a perfect ninth for his first career save.
The doubleheader was scheduled after the teams rained down on Tuesday. The Blue Jays had already won the American League’s top wildcard, and the Orioles had already had a winning season.
Mike Baumann allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings for Baltimore.
Otto Lopez opened the scoring for Toronto with an RBI single in the second. After Moreno’s drive to right-center made it 4-0, Austin Hays netted a two-run brace late in the sixth for the Orioles.
Hall allowed singles to the first two batters in the eighth, but he worked on that jam. This set the stage for Vavra’s great success.
“I think he came here and showed his ability to win a major league batting,” Hyde said. “And the ability to manage the strike zone.”
Lopez had three hits for the Blue Jays and Ryan Mountcastle had three for the Orioles.
Orioles: Baltimore could have started Jordan Lyles on normal rest on Wednesday, but decided to let him finish his season after a career-high 32 starts.
The Blue Jays had not announced a starter for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Baltimore was about to start Spenser Watkins (5-6).
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