Orioles hope home will be more hospitable as Jays visit

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Perhaps a change of scenery will be the answer for the Baltimore Orioles, who begin a three-game series against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Baltimore is eager to return home after extending its road losing streak to 19 games with a 10-3 loss to Cleveland on Thursday.

The Orioles have lost eight in a row overall but won’t receive much sympathy from the Blue Jays.

Toronto, which has lost four straight games and six of its last eight, saw its beleaguered bullpen falter again Thursday in an 8-4 loss to the New York Yankees.

Manager Charlie Montoyo used six relievers, including Anthony Castro, who recorded just one out and allowed four runs on five hits.

Montoyo remains optimistic about his club, especially with outfielder George Springer’s expected return from the injured list within the next week.

“We’re playing good. If we’re playing bad, that’s when you get frustrated,” Montoyo said. “When you play bad, here comes the team meeting and stuff, but we’re playing good baseball. We’ve been playing teams over .500 for a month now. We don’t need to be frustrated. We’re playing good games.”

The Blue Jays will look to regain some momentum against Baltimore, which allowed a total of 25 runs in its last three losses.

The Orioles are struggling in every aspect, including the rotation. Starting pitchers have thrown six innings or more just once in the last 19 games.

The team is also failing to generate much offense. Batters struck out a total of 47 times during their four-game series against Cleveland.

“We’re very frustrated,” first baseman Trey Mancini said. “Nobody likes losing. I’m at the top of the list, I’d say. You know we all are. We’re all super competitive. And it’s really tough. Going 0-7 on the road trip is really tough. But there is no room to wallow at this level. You have to get out there the next day and put it behind you and try to win the next game. What’s done is done.”

Baltimore starter Bruce Zimmermann (4-4, 4.83 ERA) had his three-game win streak snapped on Sunday, when he allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 7-1 loss to host Tampa Bay.

The 26-year-old left-hander is 3-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six games (five starts) at home this season while going 1-2 with a 5.59 mark in six outings away from Camden Yards.

Zimmermann, who is making his first appearance against Toronto, owns a 2-2 record and 4.67 ERA in five starts this season vs. AL East opponents.

Toronto will turn to left-hander Robbie Ray (4-2, 3.45), who has allowed a total of five runs with 32 strikeouts over his last three starts covering 18 1/3 innings.

The 29-year-old gave up three runs on four hits and struck out 10 in an 18-4 win over Boston on Sunday.

Freddy Galvis is 8-for-24 with five strikeouts against Ray, who is 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two career starts against Toronto.

Shortstop Bo Bichette is 12-for-31 during his seven-game hitting streak for the Blue Jays, who have fallen a game under .500.

One bright spot for Baltimore has been the development of designated hitter Ryan Mountcastle. The rookie is batting .315 with 24 RBIs in his last 25 games.

–Field Level Media

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