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TORONTO (AP) — Two bigs swings from Kendrys Morales made sure
the Toronto Blue Jays stayed perfect at home against Baltimore.Morales homered
twice ,
Marco Estrada pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his second straight start and the
Blue Jays beat Baltimore 5-3 on Monday night, improving to 8-0 at home against
the Orioles.Morales broke his bat on his one-out solo homer in the fourth, then
added a three-run drive into the second deck in the fifth — both coming against
Baltimore right-hander Andrew Cashner (4-11) — for his 22nd career multihomer
game.“I guess maybe the wind was blowing out,” Morales said through a translator
when asked about his first homer.And the second?“He just threw me a meatball and
I hit it much better than the first one,” Morales said.Renato Nunez replied with
a solo home run for the struggling Orioles, who have lost nine of their past
11.Toronto is 10-1 overall against Baltimore, five more wins than the Blue Jays
have against any other opponent.Estrada (7-9) allowed three runs and seven hits,
improving to 9-2 in 18 career games against Baltimore.“I was happy with the way
I was locating,” Estrada said. “Maybe two or three hard hit balls, but that’s
going to happen. For the most part I felt like we were in control.”Ryan Tepera
got four outs and Jaime Garcia struck out the only batter he faced. Tyler
Clippard worked the eighth and Ken Giles finished for his 16th save in 16
opportunities.Baltimore became the first team mathematically eliminated from
playoff contention when Oakland won later Monday.Toronto’s Kevin Pillar went 2
for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. On Sunday Sandy
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, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons publicly berated
Pillar in the dugout after the outfielder ended the sixth inning by getting
thrown out attempting to steal third. Toronto trailed the New York Yankees 6-2
at the time.After Pillar doubled in his first at bat Monday, Gibbons stared into
the camera trained on his seat in Toronto’s dugout, then flashed a smile and a
thumbs up.Cashner allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings to remain
winless in four starts against Toronto this season.“You’ve got to get strike
one,” Cashner said. “I worked behind a lot of guys which allowed them to just
sit fastball.”Craig Gentry had three hits for the Orioles, while Chris Davis hit
a sacrifice fly.ALL IN THE FAMILYBefore the game, Orioles OF Adam Jones tweeted
a welcome message to new Blue Jays C Danny Jansen, who was promoted from
Triple-A on Aug. 12. The two first met in 2004 when Jones played for the Class-A
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and lived with 9-year-old Jansen and his family in
nearby Appleton. Jansen flied out to Jones for the final out of the
second.STREAKINGJansen doubled in the fourth, becoming the third player in Blue
Jays history with hits in each of his first six major league games. The others
were Jesse Barfield (eight games in 1981) and Ryan Goins (eight games in
2013).EXTRA, EXTRA!Six of Toronto’s seven hits went for extra bases. The lone
exception was a single by SS Aledmys Diaz in the sixth, Toronto’s final hit of
the game.TRAINER’S ROOMOrioles: Baltimore put DH Mark Trumbo (right knee) on the
10-day DL and recalled OF John Andeoli from Triple-A Norfolk. … Jones was
reinstated from the bereavement list and returned to the lineup after missing
the previous three games. He went 0 for 3 with a walk.Blue Jays: Toronto
reinstated C Luke Maile from the paternity list and optioned RHP Sean Reid-Foley
to Triple-A Buffalo. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right index finger) allowed four runs
and six hits in 4 1/3 innings in his first rehab start at Double-A New Hampshire
and third overall. Sanchez threw 86 pitches ,
42 for strikes. He could rejoin the Blue Jays this weekend to start against
Philadelphia.UP NEXTOrioles RHP Dylan Bundy (7-11, 4.99) faces Blue Jays RHP Sam
Gaviglio (2-6, 5.13) on Tuesday night. Bundy is 0-2 with an 8.27 ERA in three
August starts. Gaviglio is 0-6 with a 5.75 ERA in 16 starts since his most
recent win, May 25 at Philadelphia. ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin had some
extra motivation.Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double, giving Chacin all the runs
he needed to beat St. Louis for the first time in his career with the Milwaukee
Brewers‘ 2-1 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.“I can die now,” Chacin joked
to reporters.Milwaukee (69-57) snapped a three-game losing streak and moved back
ahead of St. Louis (68-57) for the second National League wild card. The
Cardinals lost for just the second time in their last 12 games.“We talk about
racking up wins and banking wins and we banked a win today and got a great
pitching performance,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I thought we swung
the bats pretty good. It’s a good win. That’s a team that’s right in the thick
of things and going to be there for the rest of the year.”Chacin (13-4) entered
the game 0-7 with a 6.90 ERA in nine career games, including eight starts,
against the Cardinals, but shut them out through six innings as the Brewers
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, 2016.“This might be the biggest game of the season for
me,” Chacin said. “The Cardinals have always been tough on me and this year it
was an obsession.”Chacin has won his last three starts and has given up three
runs in his last 19 innings. The Brewers improved to 19-8 in his starts this
season.“I thought he kept them off balance, his slider was again good and his
fastball,” Counsell said. “He threw fastballs and it was good sequencing.”Jeremy
Jeffress gave up a run in two innings of relief and Josh Hader pitched a perfect
ninth to earn his 10th save in 13 opportunities for the Brewers.Moustaskas
hammered an 0-2 pitch down the first-base line to score Orlando Arcia and
Lorenzo Cain, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the third. Arcia and Cain each
stole a base to help get them into scoring position ahead of Moustaskas.“We
always talk about little things and being able to vary our times and our holds
and being quick to the plate is important, something that we’ve done really
really well all year,” Cardinals interim manager Mike Shildt said of Cain’s
steal. “The reality is the guy’s an accomplished base stealer as well. It was a
big play.”John Gant (5-5) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 4 1/3
innings. Gant has failed to make it past 4 1/3 innings in three of his last four
starts.“It was just one of those days,” Gant said. “I never really found a good,
solid groove.”Brett Cecil pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, Tyson
Ross followed with three scoreless innings and Mike Mayers added another as
Cardinals relievers combined for 4 2/3 shutout innings.Patrick Wisdom hit his
first career home run 414 feet into the bleachers in left-center to lead off the
eighth for St. Louis.The Brewers had lost six of their last eight heading into
the game.“It was a really good day for me and for the team Jose
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,” Chacin said. “I think anything is possible for
me and for the team. We win on Sunday, a day game and finally beat the
Cardinals. It couldn’t get better. From this day I hope we keep
rolling.”IRONMANYadier Molina started his 27th straight game, a major league
record for catchers 35 years or older.TRAINING ROOMMilwaukee: C Manny Pina (left
shoulder) missed his third straight game and is day-to-day.Cardinals: 2B Kolten
Wong (bruised elbow) pinch hit and flew out after being taken out of Saturday
night’s game. RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder strain) and IF Yairo Munoz
(right wrist sprain) were scheduled to play Sunday at Double-A Springfield and
could join the team in Los Angeles.UP NEXTMilwaukee: RHP Chase Anderson (7-7,
3.97 ERA) will start a three-game series against the visiting Cincinnati Reds
and RHP Homer Bailey (1-10, 6.33 ERA) on Monday night. Anderson is 4-1 with a
2.98 ERA in nine career starts against the Reds.Cardinals: LHP Austin Gomber
(3-0, 2.89 ERA) will kick off a six-game road trip Monday night against the Los
Angeles Dodgers and LHP Alex Wood (7-7, 3.51 ERA). Gomber has won his last two
starts and has an 11-inning scoreless streak.
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