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Pride defeated desperation as the Jays downed the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 at the Rogers Centre last night.
The Orioles are fighting for a wild card while the Jays are acting as spoilers. Darwin Barney led the charge for Toronto. The Jays’ infielder went 2-for-3 with a double, and made a huge fielding play at third in the eighth. Barney has hit .438 in his last nine games. Starter Marco Estrada went five solid innings to pick up the win, striking out seven batters to give him 166 on the season, a career high.
“It’s definitely come back,” said Estrada, of his command. “It was just a weird year. I went through a rough patch there where I had no clue where the ball was going. These things happen. Everybody goes through them. It just took me a while to get out of it. But I think as of late I’ve turned my season around. I just have to finish strong.
“If I can show that I’m back to my normal self, what I’ve done the last few years for these guys, maybe they’ll want me back. And I’m hoping to come back,” he added. “I’m trying to show them that I’m still that guy.”
Mark Trumbo ended an 0-for-14 drought with a solo homer to lead off the fifth.
The home side jumped ahead 2-0 in the second, in a weird one. Teoscar Hernandez led off with a routine fly ball to right that Trumbo lost in the sky. Trumbo came in to make the catch but the ball bounced behind him. He tried to play it on the bounce, but directed the ball into the stands. Hernandez was given a double and moved to third on the error and scored on grounder by Ryan Goins. Barney then punched a gapper to right centre and made it to third when Adam Jones juggled the ball. On his way to third Barney tripped about three feet from the bag and crawled the rest of the way.
“The fans looked a little bored, thought I’d get them on their feet a little bit there,” said Barney with a smile.
Goins hit his seventh home run to extend his career high. Dominic Leone closed out the ninth for his first MLB save.
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