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A no-hit bid. Three ejections. Ninth-inning drama.
Toronto (37-32) put up five runs over the first three innings to give Estrada an early cushion. The 31-year-old right-hander issued four early walks and then retired 15 batters in a row before pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes hit a flare that dropped into shallow left field.
That was it for Estrada, who threw 118 pitches and tipped his hat to the crowd of 32,322 as he received a standing ovation.
Brett Cecil gave up two runs in the ninth inning before striking out Chris Davis with the potential tying run at third base. The Blue Jays extended their winning streak to three games and have won nine straight home games.
Home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor warned both teams after Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista was grazed by a pitch from Mike Wright (2-3) in the first inning. Gibbons came out to discuss the warning and was ejected.
The Toronto slugger didn’t want to get into another war of words on Friday.
“We show up here to the baseball field every single day to win games, we did that today with a great job by our starting pitcher,” he said. “I’m not going to contribute to turning this into TMZ or a gossip column.”
The Blue Jays scored twice in the first inning, added two runs in the second and tacked on another in the third.
Estrada (5-3) threw seven innings plus one batter and struck out six. He allowed one earned run as the Orioles scored twice in the eighth.
Roberto Osuna relieved Estrada but was tossed after hitting Jones with a pitch. Toronto bench coach DeMarlo Hale was also ejected.
I wonder if John Gibbons and DeMarlo Hale are both liking photos on Instagram in #BlueJays clubhouse right now
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, meanwhile, had a few conversations with the umpires over the course of the game but things did not get heated.
“I don’t get involved in all the drama,” he said. “It’s a game played by talented people who care and get emotional about things. Sometimes umpires react to a reaction. They had their reasons and you deal with it.”