BALTIMORE – The Toronto Blue Jays did just about everything necessary to end their miserable losing streak.
They got a fine pitching performance from ace Roy Halladay, reached double figures in runs for the first time since May 6 and twice had an apparently secure lead.
And still, the Baltimore Orioles rallied for an unlikely 12-10 victory Wednesday.
Nolan Reimold hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning, providing the Orioles with their first three-game win streak of the season and extending the Blue Jays’ skid to nine.
“Been a long time since we had a lot of fun like that,” said Baltimore manager Dave Trembley, shortly after Reimold had his postgame interview interrupted by a shaving-cream pie in the face, courtesy of teammate Robert Andino.
Baltimore trailed 8-3 when Halladay left after seven innings, and 10-8 after Aaron Hill hit a two-run homer in the top of the 11th.
But after Luke Scott hit an RBI single off Brian Wolfe (1-1) to put runners at the corners with one out in the 11th, Reimold sent a 1-1 fastball over the wall in left-center, his fourth homer in 13 games since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
“I didn’t see the replay, how much of the plate it got, but he definitely went down and got it,” Wolfe said.
That finished the worst road swing in Blue Jays history – three losses apiece in Boston, Atlanta and Baltimore. Toronto never before went winless on a road trip of at least nine games.
“This is one we had a chance to win. We were leading. So this is about the worst loss we had on this trip,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said. “We’re leading, we have Doc on the mound and we had a five-run lead. You’re supposed to win those kind of games.”
The Orioles got a home run from Scott and a career-high four hits from Andino. Baltimore was 0-24 when trailing after seven innings.
The Blue Jays’ bullpen ruined Halladay’s chance to become the first nine-game winner in the majors this season.
“We know Doc goes out there every fifth day and does his thing on the mound. We just try to pick up what’s left, and usually, it’s not a lot,” Wolfe said. “Today, we needed to pick up two innings and we couldn’t get out of it.”