Rough outing has Norris searching for answers

Rough outing has Norris searching for answers

TORONTO -- Bud Norris has traditionally been strong against the Blue Jays, but in 2015, the right-hander has struggled.

After winning his first four career decisions against Toronto, Norris has been unable to replicate that success this season. On Tuesday, he tied a career high in giving up nine earned runs -- which included a rough six-run second -- over 2 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 13-6 loss at Rogers Centre.

"A six-run spot -- that hurts everybody," Norris said. "Everybody knows coming into this ballpark it's going to be a high-scoring affair. You try to minimize the damage the best you can."

Nothing seemed to go right in that fateful second, which began with a leadoff homer from Edwin Encarnacion. That was followed by a Dioner Navarro double and two straight walks, which gave the Blue Jays bases loaded with nobody out.

After striking out Kevin Pillar, Ryan Goins had a two-run single. That one stung the most, said Norris.

"The at-bat I want back is the Goins at-bat," Norris said. "That's my chance to really minimize the damage. Definitely costly errors hurt me."

In total, Norris has allowed 17 runs in 5 1/3 innings over two starts against the Blue Jays this season. In his only other start, Norris took a no-decision in a five-inning, five-hit, three-earned-run outing against the Yankees. He's still searching for that first win.

"This is not how I envisioned starting my 2015 season, but this game is all built on failure, and you have to learn from that," he said.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.