Blue Jays thumped by visiting Orioles' big bats

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista and Baltimore Orioles Jonathan Schoop during the last play of the...

Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista and Baltimore Orioles Jonathan Schoop during the last play of the game at the Rogers Centre on August 5, 2014. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:54 PM ET

This is not one of those September statement series.

But for one of those to materialize, the Toronto Blue Jays at least have to make their voices heard this week against the Baltimore Orioles.

In the opener Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, the streaky Blue Jays went to their fate without a peep, 9-3 losers to Bud Norris and an Orioles team that has answered loudly and clearly the early challenges since the all-star break.

In the process, the Jays fell five games behind the Orioles in the American League East standings.

As hot as Toronto has been since the break, their 11-7 record is no match for Baltimore’s 12-6 record, accomplished versus some of the best teams in baseball, namely the Athletics, Angels, Mariners, Nationals and now, the Jays themselves.


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