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    October 12, 2018 8:21 AM IST
    The Baltimore Orioles could have used Manny Machado’s steady infield defense on Friday night.

    Aledmys Diaz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays recovered after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to beat Baltimore 8-7 [url=][/url] , their fifth straight win over the struggling Orioles.

    Diaz had four hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 against Baltimore.

    The winning rally started with Russell Martin’s two-out single off left-hander Paul Fry (0-1) in the 10th. Martin reached when shortstop Tim Beckham’s throw pulled Chris Davis off the bag at first.

    ”I had a lot more time than I thought,” Beckham said. ”That play has to be made every time.”

    Randal Grichuk walked and Diaz followed with a grounder that ticked off the glove of third baseman Renato Nunez and rolled away from Beckham, allowing Martin to score.

    ”It’s a tough pill to swallow,” said Beckham, who moved back to shortstop after playing primarily at third base when Machado was with Baltimore. The Orioles traded Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

    Even Diaz didn’t have high hopes for his decisive hit.

    ”To be honest, I didn’t think it was going to get through,” Diaz said through a translator. ”You’ve got to have breaks in this game and we got a big one there.”

    John Axford (3-1) pitched one inning for the win.

    Toronto led 7-4 through eight innings but Tyler Clippard couldn’t close the door in the ninth. Tret Mancini led off with a double, took third on an error and scored on a wild pitch to cut it to 7-5. One out later, Caleb Joseph homered to make it a one-run game. Clippard struck out Beckham for the second out, them surrendered a game-tying blast to Jonathan Schoop. It was the 100th homer of Schoop’s career.

    The blown save was Clippard’s sixth in 12 opportunities.

    ”We clawed our way back into it, we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ”Defense was a challenge and it caught up with us.”

    Beckham and Davis each hit two-run homers for the Orioles, whose modest two-game winning streak was snapped. Baltimore is 9-18 in one-run games.

    Toronto right-hander Sam Gaviglio set career highs by striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs and seven hits, leaving after Davis homered in the eighth. Seunghwan Oh came on and struck out Danny Valencia to end the inning.

    Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy allowed five runs and five hits in five innings, remaining winless since returning from the 10-day disabled list after missing nearly two weeks because of a sprained left ankle.

    ”I didn’t really have much command of the heater today,” Bundy said.


    After the game, the televisions in Baltimore’s clubhouse were tuned to the Los Angeles-Milwaukee game from Miller Park, where Machado was making his Dodgers debut. Reliever Mychal Givens was among those watching closely.


    Martin and Grichuk hit back-to-back homers off Bundy in the fifth. It’s the third time this season the Blue Jays have hit consecutive homers.


    The Orioles allowed three or more home runs for the 15th time, the seventh-highest total in the majors. Baltimore lost for the first time in five games when hitting at least four home runs.


    Orioles: Baltimore designated RHP Chris Tillman for assignment to make room on the roster for Nunez, who was selected from Triple-A Norfolk. … RHP Andrew Cashner (neck) is expected to be activated off the 10-day sidled list to start Sunday’s series finale. Cashner last pitched July 10.

    Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (strained left gluteal muscle) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to come off the 10-day disabled list to start against Minnesota on Monday [url=]A.J. Bouye Jersey[/url] , manager John Gibbons said. … Toronto recalled INF Richard Urena from Triple-A Buffalo. He takes the roster spot of RHP Chris Rowley, who was demoted following Toronto’s final game before the All-Star break.


    Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (2-12, 6.41) faces Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (2-7, 5.86) on Saturday afternoon. Cobb allowed season worsts of nine runs and 11 hits in a June 10 loss at Toronto. He’s 0-5 with a 6.69 ERA in seven starts since his most recent win, June 5 against the New York Mets. Stroman is 2-2 with a 3.45 ERA in five starts since returning from the disabled list on June 23. He missed more than a month because of a sore shoulder.

    Fred Jackson was so strapped for cash while playing professional football in Germany, he and his wife had to rely on their poker winnings to afford going out for fancy dinners.

    "I was broke," the former Buffalo Bills running back said, laughing while reflecting back to his 2006 season with the now-defunct NFL Europa Rhein Fire.

    "We played poker so we could go out to eat and go see some of the sights and stuff like that courtesy of my teammates," he added, noting his wife, Danielle, was better than him at cards.

    "It was one of those things that made me appreciate everything about this, coming from those humble beginnings."

    Jackson had time to reminisce Wednesday upon returning to Buffalo to sign a one-day contract to retire as a member of the Bills. The formality brought closure to a nine-season NFL playing career Jackson built on both a powerful running style and sheer perseverance.

    That combination led the undrafted Division III Coe College product to make the jump from playing in the U.S. Indoor Football League to Europe and then Buffalo's practice squad before finally entrenching himself as a Bills' fan-favorite.

    "It's a story that's like nobody else's, and that's something to be proud of," said Jackson, who made his NFL debut with Buffalo as a 26-year-old rookie in 2007.

    "It's something that I try to share with students when I go talk to schools. Just because you don't get drafted, don't give up. And it makes it that much sweeter when you accomplish it."

    Jackson led the Bills in yards rushing during four of his eight seasons in Buffalo despite sharing a backfield first with Marshawn Lynch and then C.J. Spiller. He still ranks third on the team list with 5,646 yards rushing and 15 100-yard games, and fourth with 30 touchdowns rushing.

    As for popularity, Jackson became one of the faces of the franchise for his leadership and lunch-bucket approach. He was so respected by his teammates , many began honoring Jackson by wearing a T-shirt that featured the phrase: "FredEx Delivers."

    "When I looked at Fred, I identified him as a guy like [url=]Kevin Hayes Jersey[/url] , 'You know what? I really don't want to let that guy down,'" Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams said.

    "Those guys are, I'm not going to say rare because I feel like we've had some good guys come through these doors. But those guys are special, and Fred's one of those guys."

    Overall, Jackson finished with 5,746 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns (nine receiving), including his final season in 2015, which he spent with Seattle after being cut by the Bills.

    Though he's not played since, Jackson said he was still attracting interest from teams, including the Minnesota Vikings last season.

    At 37, he decided it was finally time to call it quits.

    "That's ancient for a running back and it was just time," Jackson said. "And to be able to come back to Buffalo and sign a one-day contract makes it a little easier."

    Though he now lives in Iowa, Jackson plans to maintain a connection to Buffalo, where he is a part owner of a downtown steak restaurant. He's already made plans to hold a youth football camp in August, which he hopes becomes an annual event.

    Jackson will always remain a Bills fan, and felt a part of the team last season, when Buffalo clinched a playoff berth on the final weekend of the season to end what had been a 17-year postseason drought.

    "I was running around the house screaming, and my son was doing the same thing," said Jackson, who made the playoffs in his one season with the Seahawks. "We're still huge Bills fans. This is still family for us. We were as ecstatic as everybody else."

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