Happ's solid performance not enough in 2-1 loss to Orioles

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ. (MARK BLINCH/Reuters)

Ken Fidlin, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:46 AM ET

TORONTO - J.A. Happ gave the Toronto Blue Jays the kind of performance they were looking for against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday but only managed to solidify his standing as the staff’s No. 1 hard-luck starter.

Happ was as good as he has been at any time this year, working eight innings, allowing just five hits, a walk and striking out a career-high 12 but he ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score as the Orioles took two out of three from the Jays.

Happ made one mistake that cost him dearly, a 2-0 fastball in the fourth inning that catcher Caleb Joseph drilled for a two-run home run that proved to be the difference in the game.

As they have so often this year, the Orioles protected that one-run lead right through the finish line. They have now played 41 one-run games and won 24 of them. The Blue Jays record in one-run games fell to 9-11, accounting for the difference between these two teams in the standings.


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