BALTIMORE -- The Orioles made franchise history in dramatic fashion on Friday night by picking up their longest shutout victory at Camden Yards.
Baltimore survived an epic pitchers' duel to secure a 1-0 victory over the Blue Jays in 13 innings. Jonathan Schoop hit the walkoff double to the gap in right-center field off lefty Aaron Loup to score Manny Machado for the winning run.
It was the 101st RBI of the season for Schoop, who made a game-saving throw in the ninth inning by cutting down Kevin Pillar at the plate on Darwin Barney's grounder to second base. It was just one of several defensive gems that helped keep the game scoreless.
The game tied for the longest shutout at Camden Yards, joining an Angels 1-0 victory on July 31, 2014, and an Athletics 2-0 victory on Sept. 2, 2003. The 13-inning affair also tied for the longest shutout win by any team this season. Texas defeated Kansas City, 1-0, on April 20, and Arizona defeated Colorado, 2-0, on April 30.
Machado opened the bottom of the 13th with an infield single off the glove of a diving Josh Donaldson at third base. Schoop then stepped to the plate and sent a first-pitch fastball into the right-center-field gap. This marked the third time this season the Orioles walked off the Blue Jays as they improved to 11-2 in extra-inning games. With the win, Baltimore closed to within 1 1/2 games of the Twins for the second American League Wild Card spot.
"From now on, every win is better," Schoop said. "Since the season started, you want to win every game possible, but now I think every win counts more, and that's why we didn't give up on this game."
Schoop's game-winning hit gave him a little bit of payback, as former teammate Steve Pearce found his spot in all the highlight reels with an extremely difficult catch at Schoop's expense in the eighth inning. Pearce has spent most of the season in left field, but he saved his best catch of the year for a rare start at first. The former Oriole jumped into the stands to snare Schoop's foul popup and then managed to hang on despite colliding with a fan as he landed in the first row.
In addition to the stellar defense from each side, both starting pitchers stood out in this one. Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini tossed seven scoreless innings in arguably his best start of the season. He escaped several jams during the first three innings but then quickly settled down and set a career high with 10 strikeouts. Biagini allowed five hits and one walk while going seven innings for the third time in his career.
Right-hander Kevin Gausman was just as effective for Baltimore. He also allowed just five hits and one walk, striking out eight. Gausman has tossed 13 2/3 scoreless innings over his last two starts.
"Really, it was a great ballgame," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Both teams played very well. Both teams pitched very well, and there were some big plays on both sides. Pearce going into the stands, Teoscar out in right field to keep the game tied, Mancini with that play in left ... they have a [heck] of a team, and it was a typical game when we play them."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Trey, bien: The Blue Jays were threatening with a runner on second and two outs in the top of the 13th when Pearce stepped to the plate. He got ahead in the count, 2-0, and then unloaded on a 95-mph fastball from Jimmy Yacabonis and sent a screaming line drive to left field. According to Statcast™, the ball left Pearce's bat at 106.9 mph and had a hit probability of 69 percent, but that didn't matter to Trey Mancini. Baltimore's left fielder went back on the ball and then made a diving over-the-shoulder catch to end the inning.
"You have to make a quick read," Mancini said, "I took one really quick jab to my left, but then I realized he top-spun it a little bit, so I switched to my right and just went back and tried to lay out and use every fiber of my body to stretch out and get it, and luckily I barely got enough glove on it."
Jays' callup comes through:Welington Castillo appeared on the verge of walking off the Blue Jays for the second time this season when he sent a deep fly ball to right field with two runners on during the bottom of the ninth. Rookie outfielder Teoscar Hernandez, who was making his Blue Jays debut, had to take a rather creative route to the ball with swirling winds down the right-field corner, but he followed it all the way and came up with the grab as he crashed into the wall and sent the game to extras. According to Statcast™, Hernandez technically had to cover 62 feet on the play but ended up going 80 feet.
"I thought he looked great, too," Gibbons said of Hernandez. "Great catch. He got the hustling double. Even that one ball, he got in front a little bit, almost snuck it over the shortstop's head, and that would have been the go-ahead run. The callups did a great job."
Reliable relief: Gausman departed in the top of the seventh inning after a leadoff walk to Ryan Goins. Darwin Barney then bunted Goins into scoring position and rookie Teoscar Hernandez followed with a walk to put a pair of runners on base with one out. Justin Smoak, who was held out of Toronto's starting lineup with a sore calf, then entered the game as a pinch hitter and hit a sharp liner to left for the second out of the inning. Reliever Brad Brach then escaped the jam by striking out Ezequiel Carrera on a 95 mph fastball to preserve the scoreless game.
"That was unreal. I've been playing with Trey since 2013. We were drafted together. So making that catch is an unreal play, a big-time play. I think I owe him a little something after that." -- Yacabonis, on Mancini's diving catch helping him earn his first career win
"You could probably just zoom in on my face during the game. It's heartbreaking. Especially that part of the game -- two outs, we're struggling to get a run and finally hit one good. … He made a great play. It's heartbreaking." -- Pearce, on Mancini's catch
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Baltimore's 11-2 record in extra innings equates to an .846 winning percentage, which is the best in the Major Leagues, and their 11 wins are tied with Boston for the most in either league. Comparatively, Toronto is 5-11 in extra-inning games and has been walked off 12 times this season.
This was Baltimore's longest shutout win since they beat the Indians, 2-0, in 14 innings on June 2, 1976, at Cleveland Stadium.
Shortly after Adam Jones struck out on three pitches in the first inning, the Orioles' center fielder was ejected for arguing with home-plate umpire Pat Hoberg. Jones objected to a called strike two before striking out swinging on a 95-mph fastball from Biagini. Jones continued to protest from the dugout before Hoberg tossed him. It was Jones' second ejection of the season.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
Gibbons asked for a review of Pillar's out at the plate in the ninth, but after a brief delay, the call on the field was confirmed.
WHAT'S NEXT Blue Jays: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (11-6, 3.11 ERA) will take the mound for Toronto when this series continues Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Stroman limited the Red Sox to one run over six innings during his last start but came away with a no-decision after his bullpen coughed up a late lead on Monday. Stroman has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five starts.
Orioles: Left-hander Wade Miley (8-10, 4.99 ERA) will look to build off the best month of his season when he takes the mound Saturday night. Miley went 3-1 in five starts in August with a 2.60 ERA. He threw five innings of one-run ball in his last outing as the Orioles beat Red Sox, 2-1, on Sunday in Boston.