Machado scores from 1st on wacky groundout

Machado scores from 1st on wacky groundout

TORONTO -- Manny Machado just kept running, and his hustle paid off on the basepaths in the O's eventual 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night, as the infielder scored from first base on Chris Davis' routine third-inning groundout into the shift.

Machado, who had rounded second on Davis' out, drew a throw across the diamond from first baseman Justin Smoak that bounced out of catcher Russell Martin's glove on an attempted tag while he covered the bag. The ball skipped away from Martin and no one was covering the plate, leaving room for Machado to hustle home.

"It is something we talk about all the time," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "That is one of the challenges of running shifts. You've got to be really proactive and think about [it]. ... They work on it. Sometimes the play, it's tough to cover all of them. It was a good heads-up play."

The run tied the game at 3, but the Blue Jays went on to answer with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. An error was charged to Martin for his missed catch.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.