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  • 27 August 2019
    导出博客文章BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered taking Matt
    Wieters out of the game after the catcher took a hard foul ball off his mask in
    the fifth inning.That proved to be a game-changing decision.Wieters hit a
    go-ahead, two-run homer off Jason Grilli in the eighth to lead the Orioles to a
    5-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.Baltimore pulled within
    three games of the first-place Blue Jays, who had a four-game winning streak
    snapped. After losing the opener 5-1, the Orioles will look to gain more ground
    in the series finale Wednesday.Its a big game, Wieters said. Were going to be
    playing a lot of teams in the division, so there are going to be a lot of big
    games. I think the key is to be able to enjoy this one and move on tomorrow.
    Weve got to come back and win another one tomorrow.Michael Saunders drilled a
    two-run shot off Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez that tied the game 3-3 in the
    seventh.In the eighth, Jonathan Schoop walked and Wieters homered off Grilli
    (4-2), his 12th of the season.Matt took a ball right in the kisser tonight and
    Ive seen a lot of people come out of the game, Showalter said. We would have
    taken him out of the game, mostly because he took one in the same place last
    night.Brad Brach (8-2) picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Zach
    Britton got his league-leading 39th save.Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ fell
    short of tying Bostons Rick Porcello for the major league lead with 18 wins.
    Happ allowed three runs and six hits with three strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.I
    wasnt at my best tonight but this is an elite team, especially at home, Happ
    said. Theyre tough. I think I made a couple mistakes; they made me pay. But we
    battled them all night. I gave us what I had tonight, which wasnt a ton but it
    was enough to keep us in the ballgame.Manny Machado hit his 34th homer of the
    season and 100th of his career for Baltimore. Steve Pearce went deep for the
    13th time this season.Baltimores Pedro Alvarez, who got a rare start against a
    left-hander, managed two hits against Happ and is 6 for 12 in his career against
    him.Jimenez started in place of the injured Chris Tillman and allowed three runs
    and nine hits with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.After first couple of
    innings, Jimenez said, I was able to use my sinker a lot. It was really good,
    everything was down, and we got a lot of guys hitting ground balls.The Blue Jays
    took a 1-0 lead in the second on a two-out, RBI single by Kevin Pillar. Jimenez
    then retired the next eight batters before allowing another single to Pillar in
    the fifth.Pearce tied the game 1-1 with a homer in the bottom half of that
    inning. Two batters later, Machado drove Happs 0-1 pitch over the wall in center
    field for a two-run homer that gave Baltimore the lead.THE BIG TENThe Orioles
    have three players -- Chris Davis, Machado and Mark Trumbo -- with at least 10
    home runs in August. Its the first time in club history they accomplished that
    feat.MOVESOrioles: RHP Logan Ondrusek and OF Julio Borbon were outrighted to
    Double-A Bowie. Both players were designated for assignment over the weekend and
    cleared waivers.TRAINERS ROOMOrioles: CF Adam Jones performed drills but was
    held out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game with a left hamstring
    strain. ... Tillman (right shoulder bursitis) could potentially throw off a
    mound this weekend. However, the original target dates of Sept. 9 or 10 for his
    next start appear unlikely, Showalter said.UP NEXTBlue Jays: Aaron Sanchez
    (12-2, 2.99 ERA) will be recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He
    spent the past 10 days in the minors to limit his innings. Sanchez has gone 2-0
    with a 4.50 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season.Orioles: Yovani
    Gallardo (4-6, 5.59 ERA) has lost his past three decisions. In his last outing
    against the Yankees, he lasted just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs and six
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    . There are surprises among the Vezina candidates, but most
    of the others are standard top-tier performers, even if the two Hart Trophy
    runners-ups have never been quite as good as they have been through the first
    half of the season.
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    . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central
    Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also
    have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while
    Nashville has two.
    . Uniteds eighth defeat of a wretched campaign means Liverpool, which currently
    occupies the fourth and final Champions League place, could go nine points clear
    of its fierce rival by beating West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Charlie Adam
    scored both of Stokes goals at Britannia Stadium either side of Robin van
    Persies equalizer, with a miserable day for seventh-place United capped by
    first-half injuries to centre halves Jonny Evans and Phil Jones that forced them
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    . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else
    wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole
    thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked
    over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives
    Ive seen all year in the last two days.
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    . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled
    for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the
    hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a
    stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. PITTSBURGH -- Vince Velasquez
    didnt have his best stuff, the Philadelphia Phillies lost another player to
    injury and the Pittsburgh Pirates got a big hit from the unlikeliest of
    sources.The woes continued for the Phillies at PNC Park on Sunday, with
    Philadelphia losing to Pittsburgh 5-4, dropping their three-game series two
    games to one.The Phillies have now lost three consecutive series in Pittsburgh
    with just one win in that span. Since PNC Park opened in 2001, they are 16-31 at
    the home of their in-state rival.Diminutive Pirates rookie utilityman Adam
    Frazier hit a pinch-hit home run off reliever Edubray Ramos in the seventh
    inning to complete Pittsburghs come-from-behind victory. It was Fraziers first
    major league home run and first time going deep since Sept. 5, when he was with
    Double-A Altoona.But even before Fraziers improbable heroics, things werent
    going well for the Phillies. Usually reliable starter Velasquez gave up four
    runs while taking 107 pitches to get through six innings.Just looking at his
    body language, he showed that he was struggling to find the strike zone, manager
    Pete Mackanin said. He didnt have his best location. He did a good job; he just
    made a couple bad pitches when they scored the two runs. Obviously, he wasnt at
    his best, but he kept us in the game.In the sixth inning, Velasquez gave up a
    double to Starling Marte on a 0-2 pitch that quickly sent things off the rails.
    It was followed by a first-pitch, two-run home run by Matt Joyce that tied the
    game.Thats just a matter of finishing at-bats, Velasquez said. Youve got to lock
    in on 0-2 counts when youre ahead. Youve got to finish the at-bat. Knowing that
    that was my last inning, thats where you have to bear down and give it all youve
    got.The Pirates also scored a pair in the second inning. Marte led with a single
    and Elias Diaz drove him in with a groundout to record his first career RBI.
    Sean Rodriguez then drove in Joyce with a double to center.Philadelphias early
    offense came on a pair of solo home runs from Odubel Herrera and Andres Blanco
    that -- along with a two-run third inning -- helped the Phillies build a 4-2
    lead. In the third, Velasquez singled off his mound opponent, Jameson Taillon,
    and Cesar Hernandez drove him in with a triple off the wall in center
    field.dddddddddddd Hernandez then came around to score on Herreras
    groundout.Cesar came through for us, Mackanin said of the three-hit afternoon by
    his second baseman. The home run by Herrera was nice to see. We just need to
    score more runs.Fraziers home run made a winner of reliever Neftali Feliz (4-0).
    Mark Melancon earned his 30th save. The game was delayed an hour and 32 minutes
    by a thunderstorm in the bottom of the eighth inning.ANOTHER LOSSIn a series
    that had already seen Maikel Franco and Cameron Rupp miss time after being hit
    by pitches, Blanco was injured on a seemingly routine play in the fifth inning.
    With Gregory Polanco attempting to steal third, Blanco took the throw from
    catcher Carlos Ruiz and put the tag down, only to have Polanco land on his glove
    as he slid. Blanco has a fractured left index finger that required four
    stitches.Thats going to hurt us, Mackanin said. We always could rely on him to
    play solid defense, come up with big hits. Anywhere we put him, he plays solid
    defense. Hes just a great guy to have around.TRAINING ROOMPhillies: Franco
    replaced Blanco at third base. It was his first action since being removed from
    Fridays game after being hit by a pitch in his wrist. He went 1 for 2 at the
    plate. ... C Rupp did not play as a precaution after being hit in the head with
    a pitch Saturday. Concussion tests done Saturday night and before the game
    Sunday were negative.Pirates: RHP Tyler Glasnow was placed on the 15-day
    disabled list before the game with shoulder discomfort.UP NEXTPhillies: Jeremy
    Hellickson (7-7, 3.84 ERA) will start a three-game set in Miami. In his last
    seven starts, hes walked just seven batters and has a 0.98 WHIP while lowering
    his ERA by half a run. The Phillies enter the series 9 1/2 games behind the
    Marlins for the final NL Wild Card spot.Pirates: Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96
    ERA) will begin a two-game series against the Seattle Mariners after an off day
    Monday. The Pirates have rearranged their starting rotation to keep Liriano and
    Gerrit Cole on as close to five days of rest as possible during a stretch where
    they have four days off in a three-week span. ' ' '