Castillo leads O's past Jays with late HR

Castillo leads O's past Jays with late HR

BALTIMORE -- The "beef" chants at Camden Yards are unmistakable. And at this point, they're hard to stop.

Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Friday night's hero with a walk-off homer, delivered the big blow again for Baltimore with a three-run go ahead shot in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-5 victory over the Blue Jays.

"That's one of the things he brought with him was his offensive capabilities," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Castillo, who was signed as a free agent during the offseason to replace Matt Wieters. "Pretty calm hitter right now. He's not letting guys take him out of the zone much."

Castillo's homer, his third of the series, came off Blue Jays reliever Danny Barnes and was his fourth since returning from the disabled list on April 23. It also erased the Jays temporary lead on Jose Bautista's three-run blast earlier in the seventh. Bautista, heating up in his own right, went deep off of Orioles reliever Mychal Givens.

"Honestly, it means a lot," Castillo said of his recent contributions. "I just love the situation. I don't care if I fail. I want to be in that situation again. That's the type of player I am. I want to be the guy."

The clubs traded blows for most of the night, with Manny Machado hitting a solo blast in the third inning and Mark Trumbo -- who drove in three runs -- connecting for a two-run homer off Blue Jays starter Mike Bolsinger in the fifth.

Trumbo's two-run home run

Toronto's Justin Smoak responded with a solo homer off Orioles starter Kevin Gausman in the sixth inning. Gausman went six innings and turned in his third quality start of the season, allowing two runs and escaping several big jams. Bolsinger went 5 1/3 and was tagged with four runs.

"I can accept the first two runs that I gave up, if I had the Trumbo home run back, that would probably be the one," Bolsinger said. "I threw him a good slider. He swung and missed at it and kind of just left that one hanging. Other than that, I thought it went well. Competed out there, felt good, which was most important."

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Bolsinger K's Davis


O's rough up Barnes: Barnes, who entered the day having allowed just two extra-base hit this season, had a rough outing Saturday. After a single by Chris Davis brought him into the game in relief of Aaron Loup, Barnes allowed a base hit to Trumbo before Castillo's big blast. The O's totaled four hits over Barnes' two outs, as the right-hander couldn't contain Baltimore's offense.

"I was looking at his numbers before the series, and they're ridiculous," Showalter said of Barnes. "And he has that late-life fastball if you let him get it up. I'm just saying that because Castillo, to get through that high fastball, which between that and the changeup he has is really his bread and butter. He's got Wiffle ball numbers in Double-A and Triple-A behind him. You see why they like him so much."

Bautista comes up big: Bautista, who reached base for his 13th consecutive game, continues to heat up after a slow start to the season. He has 22 RBIs on the season and clobbered Givens' 2-2 pitch to left field, giving Toronto the lead.

Givens has allowed seven earned runs over his last eight games, an 8 2/3-inning span. The right-hander did, however, pick up the win thanks to Castillo's home run.

"I don't think about it too much. I just try to go out there and do my job," Bautista said when asked about the boos he receives at Camden Yards. "I don't think about it. I just try to have good at-bats, play good defense and help my team win games."

"We're a really good team, and I think we're really good at being able to forget. We had four or five games in a row that we kind of struggled. But good to be back home and get the first two of the series." -- Gausman on the Orioles strong start following a 1-6 road trip

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Gausman fans Smoak

Smoak leads the Blue Jays with 10 home runs. It's the fastest he has reached 10 home runs in a season during his career. He has recorded at least one RBI in five of his last six games and is hitting .333 (7-for-21) vs. Baltimore this season.

Smoak's solo home run

The Blue Jays won their challenge in the first inning on a force play at second base, which ruled that Ezequiel Carrera, initially called out, was safe at second base after a 2-minute, 2-second review.

Carrera ruled safe at second

Toronto also won its challenge in the third inning, as Ryan Goins was ruled to be safe at first base with Davis coming off the bag. The review lasted 48 seconds and the call was overturned.

Goins ruled safe at first base

Blue Jays: Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-2, 3.60) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their series vs. the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. ET. Estrada is coming off a rough outing vs. the Braves that saw him allow five runs on eight hits over six innings.

Orioles: Wade Miley will get the ball for Baltimore in Sunday's series finale at Camden Yards. Miley has had an unusual season, as he enters the start tied for the second-most walks in baseball, but he has managed to avoid too much damage. He's 1-1 with a 3.02 ERA on the season.

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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.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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