Mullins has 3 hits as Orioles beat Gausman, beat Jays 10-2

TORONTO (AP) — Cedric Mullins had three hits, Tyler Wells pitched six innings to earn back-to-back starts for the first time, and the Orioles beat former Baltimore pitcher Kevin Gausman in a 10-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Thursday.

Wells (4-4) allowed one run and five hits, going six straight innings for the first time in his career to help the Orioles split the four-game series.

Austin Hays hit his ninth homer, a solo shot off Matt Gage in the eighth, and Rougned Odor had two hits and two RBIs as Baltimore won for the fourth time in six games.

Facing the team that drafted him for the first time, Gausman (5-6) allowed a season-worst seven runs, five earned and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of 2022. Gausman, who lost his third straight start, hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any of his previous 12 starts.

Baltimore selected Gausman with the fourth overall pick in 2012 and he spent six seasons with the Orioles, going 39-51 with a 4.22 ERA in 150 games before a trade to Atlanta in 2018.

Toronto’s Teoscar Hernández homered for the second straight game, a solo outburst against Wells in the fourth that ended a nine-game retired batting streak.

Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette left after seven innings, one inning after fouling on a right-footed throw. Defensive changes saw Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. go from first to third base for the final two innings.

Mullins started the first inning with a single, stole the second, and scored on a defensive player on the ground by Adley Rutschman.

The Orioles opened the scoring with a third of six runs and seven hits, tying their biggest run of the season. Mullins started with a single and third baseman Santiago Espinal made a two-base error on Hays ground, leading to Ryan Mountcastle’s two-run single.

Rutschman doubled Mountcastle in the third, Odor hit a sacrificial fly and Tyler Nevin and Ryan McKenna hit RBI double on back-to-back pitches to bring Gausman’s outing to an ugly end.

David Phelps came on and retired Robinson Chirinos, then gave up an RBI single on the second single of the inning from Jorge Mateo and Mullins before stealing Hays.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: 1B Trey Mancini (right hand) sits out for the third straight game.

Blue Jays: 3B Matt Chapman (left wrist) was unavailable. Chapman missed three games earlier this week but played Tuesday and Wednesday, going 3-for-8 with two homers. … DE George Springer had the day off.

TWICE AS BEAUTIFUL

Before Mullins did on Thursday, Mountcastle was the last Orioles player with a two-hit inning, doing so on Sept. 8, 2021, against Kansas City.

LIST MOVEMENTS

Baltimore opted for struggling LHP Bruce Zimmerman at Triple-A Norfolk and recalled RHP Michael Baumann from Norfolk. Zimmerman has more homers allowed (17) than strikeouts (16) in his last seven starts.

NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dean Kremer (1-1, 3.86 ERA) starts Friday as Baltimore returns home to start a three-game series against Tampa Bay. RHP Shane Baz (0-1, 19.29) starts for the Rays.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (3-1, 3.14) starts Friday as Toronto begins a three-game series against the New York Yankees. LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 2.70) goes for the Yankees.

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