BALTIMORE - After searching high and low the past few days at home, the Toronto Blue Jays went looking for their lost mojo on the shores of Chesapeake Bay on Thursday.
No such luck.
The Baltimore Orioles are looking to cut deeply into that 4.5-game lead Toronto had at the top of the American League East this weekend and they got off to a running start with a 4-2 victory over the slumping Jays in the opener of a four-game series.
The loss was Toronto’s fifth in its last six games. In those five losses, they have been shut out three times and scored a grand total of four runs in the other two. This from a team that had averaged 5.1 runs per game and led the major leagues in just about every meaningful offensive category as recently as a week ago when they were 14 games over .500.
As has been the case in most of their recent losses, the Blue Jays fell behind early and simply couldn’t generate a lot of baserunners or hard contact against Baltimore’s young fireballer Kevin Gausman.