- Associated Press - Saturday, June 18, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Even when they’re not bashing the ball, the Toronto Blue Jays’ prolific offense carries enough potential to make any game interesting.

And so, on a day in which the Blue Jays stranded nine runners and struggled to score, they took the Baltimore Orioles to the final out before falling 4-2 Saturday.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak in which Toronto outscored the opposition 44-10, including a 13-3 rout of Baltimore on Friday night.

In this one, Yovani Gallardo (2-1) came off the 15-day disabled list to allow two runs, five hits and four walks over five innings. The right-hander was pitching for the first time since April 22 after being sidelined with shoulder tendinitis.

Mychal Givens gave up one hit in two innings and Brad Brach worked the eighth before Zach Britton got three outs for his 21st save.



After the Blue Jays used a single and two walks to load the bases in the ninth, Britton got Josh Donaldson to hit into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

“We haven’t been able to do anything against Britton, and we made a run at him,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “It’s uncharacteristic of him, you know, losing the strike zone, and we had the right guys coming up. It was one of those ballgames that could have gone either way.”

Ezequiel Carrera homered for the Blue Jays, who lost for only the second time in nine games.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-8) gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. The 41-year-old fell to 2-7 lifetime against the Orioles, including 0-5 with the Blue Jays.

“It never feels good to lose a ballgame,” Dickey said, “but it’s somewhat satisfying to give your team a good chance to win a game against a good ball club.”

Jonathan Schoop went 3 for 4 with a homer for Baltimore and Manny Machado had three hits in his final start before serving a four-game suspension. The suspension stems from a June 7 incident when he charged the mound after being struck by a pitch from Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura.

The two-time All-Star will miss games Sunday through Thursday.

“We’ve got this process. It’s done and over,” Machado said. “I’ll sit down for the four games and be ready to help this team get to the playoffs.”

J.J. Hardy came off the disabled list and returned to shortstop for Baltimore. Machado, who had been playing the position during Hardy’s absence, shifted back to third base.

“Like I never left,” Machado said. “It was awesome. I love playing that position.”

Baltimore went up 2-0 in the first inning, getting one run on a fielder’s choice and another when catcher Josh Thole couldn’t handle a Dickey knuckleball with a runner on third base.

Carrera homered with one out in the third. Toronto then loaded the bases before Gallardo struck out Justin Smoak and Troy Tulowitzki, who was activated from the disabled list before the game.

Schoop made it 3-1 in the bottom half with his 11th homer. The drive came immediately after Carrera made a leaping catch at the right-field wall and doubled up rookie Joey Rickard at first base.

Toronto closed to 3-2 in the fourth when Devon Travis hit an RBI double. But Travis made the mistake of trying to stretch it into a triple with no outs and was thrown out at third.

The Blue Jays got only three hits the rest of the way.

Baltimore made it 4-2 in the eighth against Jason Grilli. Schoop and Machado singled before Mark Trumbo drove in a run with a fielder’s choice.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Jose Bautista (sprained left big toe) will visit a specialist in North Carolina to determine the extent of the damage, Gibbons said.

Orioles: Hardy (fractured left foot) went 1 for 3. … RHP Vance Worley (groin strain) should be back before the end of the month, manager Buck Showalter said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA) faces the Orioles for the third time this year in the series finale Sunday. He’s 1-0 with a 5.11 ERA vs. Baltimore.

Orioles: Unbeaten since April 14, Chris Tillman (9-1, 2.87 ERA) seeks his ninth straight victory.

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This story has been corrected to show that the brawl between Machado and Ventura occurred during a game on June 7, not June 8.

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