Saturday, June 18, 2016


So far so good for Jason Maas and the Eskimos; at least by pre-season standards.  The new Edmonton sideline boss helped guide his team to another exhibition win, a 25-11 victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Saturday at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.
With 122 yards and an 85-yard touchdown on the day, Joe McKnight was the story for the Eskimos as he powered the Esks ground attack.  he averaged over 12 yards per carry on the afternoon.
Edmonton came out with the guns blazing with a three play 65-yard touchdown drive in which the big play was a Mike Reilly to Derel Walker 59-yard pitch and catch. Chris Getzlaf completed the drive with a five yard catch in the back of the end zone for the early 7-0 lead.
After an Eskimo punt-single made it 8-0, the Riders bent but didn’t break when an 11-play, 89-yard Eskimos drive was snuffed out on 3rd and goal by a Johnny Dixon tackle of an Adarius Bowman run at the one-yard line.
A Sean Whyte field goal pushed the Edmonton lead to 11-0 after the first quarter.
The second quarter saw the Riders pick up the first interception of the game when Kevin Francis picked Thomas DeMarco taking it into Eskimos territory. That drive was snuffed out when Cord Parks intercepted Darian Durant deep in Edmonton territory to snuff out the drive.
Another punt single pushed the Edmonton lead to 12-0 when the Riders offence kicked it in gear. An eight play, 75-yard drive was capped with a John Chiles 5 yard run and the Riders were in the game trailing 12-8.
The first half scoring was finished with an 80-yard Tyler Crapigna kick-off single and at the half it was Edmonton leading 12-8.
Philip Simms began the second half as the Riders quarterback, and received a little help with a Samuel Eguavoen interception taken back to his own 46-yard line. Simms drove the ball deep into Edmonton territory when the Eskimos Josh Woodman picked the CFL rookie in the end zone to kill the Rider drive.
The ensuing drive was a one and done when McKnight took the hand-off and went 85 yards for the touchdown to extend the Edmonton lead to 19-8.
Sean Whyte had himself a game, nailing a couple more field goals putting Edmonton up for good 25-8.
Rookie Rider kicker, Quinn Van Gylyswyk came in and drilled a 46-yard field goal to get the Green and White a little closer making the final 25-11 Edmonton.
The Eskimos finish the preseason undefeated at 2-0 while the Riders go winless in the preseason for the second year in a row (0-2).
After playing the first two drives, Eskimos quarterback, Mike Reilly took a seat with Thomas DeMarco and Jordan Lynch split time the rest of the game. On the Rider side of the football, Darian Durant played the full first half, and after Philip Simms played the first two series in the second half, B.J. Coleman entered the football game with Brett Smith cleaning things up late in the fourth quarter.
Edmonton will open up the 2016 CFL season at home with a Grey Cup rematch. The Ottawa REDBLACKS will pay a visit to The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton next Saturday night. 
The Riders will now enjoy a rare week-one bye with their Farewell Season to Mosaic Stadium kicking off Thursday, June 30th at 8pm hosting the Toronto Argos. 

Rangers rise late, deal Cards stunning defeat

The Rangers rallied with two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings for a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals on Saturday afternoon at Busch Stadium. Texas has won five in a row and recorded its ninth straight series win, a club record. The Cards have lost four straight.
The loss went to Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, his second of the year, and Kevin Siegrist was charged with his third blown save after Carlos Martinez held the Rangers scoreless over seven splendid innings. The Rangers won by manufacturing four runs despite being 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
"That's not how you draw it up," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "You don't want to play it like that every day, but it shows the resiliency of this ballclub. These guys live for the moment and believe in each other."
Rougned Odor started the ninth inning with a hard grounder at first baseman Matt Adams, who bobbled the ball momentarily. That allowed Odor to beat Rosenthal to the base for an infield single.
"It was a bang-bang play," Rosenthal said. "He was a fast runner. If I would have broken over a hair earlier, I would have had him no problem."
Jurickson Profar followed with a single to left, putting runners on first and second.Robinson Chirinos then went up to bunt the runners to second and third, but a passed ball by catcher Yadier Molina did the trick.
Chirinos then was hit by a 1-1 pitch on the right arm. It appeared to be in a similar area where he was hit in April that resulted in a forearm fracture. This time, Chirinos stayed in the game.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought in left-hander Siegrist to face Mitch Moreland. But Banister countered with Ryan Rua, who popped to shallow center, keeping Odor at third.Shin-Soo Choo then worked the count full, fouling off three pitches, and took ball four to force in the tying run. Ian Desmond then put the Rangers ahead with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.
In the eighth, Seung Hwan Oh allowed Choo to score on a wild pitch, before Desmond scored on Adams' fielding error, pulling the Rangers within one.
"They never give up," Banister said. "They don't. It comes in all areas. A complete team effort."
Desmond makes big throw: The Cardinals scored two in the fifth, on RBI singles fromKolten Wong and Stephen Piscotty, to take a 3-0 lead against Nick Martinez -- who exited his first start of the season after 4 1/3 -- but Desmond cut the rally short. With the bases loaded and one out, he caught Adams' fly ball in center field and made a perfect throw to the plate to cut down Wong trying to score.
"Chirinos did a great job," Desmond said. "The throw was fading. He stuck his nose in there and made the tag. That goes to him."
Masterful Martinez: Carlos Martinez has now pitched seven or more innings in three of his last four starts and is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in June after he gave up only four hits Saturday. He loaded the bases in the first inning but got Prince Fielder to ground into a 6-3 double play to end the threat and retired nine of the next 10 batters. He had recorded a decision in all 12 of his starts this season until Saturday.
"In the beginning of the season, I felt like I was going through a slump, but now I feel like I'm getting back," Martinez said. "I feel, actually, very mature. My mind is in the game, and I feel ready to keep on going with this streak."
Bullpen shines: The Rangers received 4 2/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen. Cesar Ramos gave them 2 2/3, Shawn Tolleson worked the eighth to get the win and Jake Diekman earned the save in the ninth.
"Obviously, we don't get the opportunity to come back if the bullpen doesn't give us 4 2/3 scoreless innings," Banister said. "Great job by them."
Here's Jhonny: Since he started the season on the disabled list after thumb surgery,Jhonny Peralta hadn't come around to touch home at Busch Stadium this season. He finally got the chance Saturday, when he doubled in the second inning and came around to score on a single from Molina. 
It was the Cardinals' first run scored in the series after Cole Hamels shut them out Friday night.
"You could say probably as soon as we got out of the shower." -- Wong, on how long it will take the team to forget Saturday's game
Rangers: Martin Perez pitches for the Rangers at 1:15 p.m. CT in Sunday's finale against the Cardinals. Perez is riding a five-game winning streak and needs one more victory to tie his career high.
Cardinals: Mike Leake will take the mound for the Cards. He's 0-1 with a 2.03 ERA in two starts against Texas, but he has won two of his last three outings.

Panik punctuates rally vs. Rays in SF's 7th straight

Jaff Decker backed up to the right-field wall like he had a chance to catch the ball that was crushed off Joe Panik's bat. The Giants had struggled to find a big hit most of the day. But they got a two-out hit to tie it in the eighth and won their seventh straight game on Panik's three-run homer in the ninth in a 6-4 win over the Rays.
"For Panik," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said before pausing, "it's hard to get a bigger hit than that."
The Rays hardly put the Giants on their toes with baserunners, doing their damage with four solo homers. San Francisco finally got the hit it needed in the eighth when Brandon Crawford split the right-center gap to bring in Buster Posey with two outs off Rays relieverErasmo Ramirez.
"I was waiting for his slider," Panik said of Rays closer Alex Colome, who had not given up a run in 19 straight appearances dating back to May 1. "That's his out pitch, that's his go-to pitch. ... I was waiting for it in that at-bat. I put a good swing on it."
That spoiled it for Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore, who allowed two runs but labored through his six-plus innings. He worked through a big jam in the fourth inning when Corey Dickerson and Mikie Mahtook let an easy fly ball drop between them. The Giants had two on and no outs, but couldn't score. The next inning, Moore escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam.
"Matt was good," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "We didn't help him one inning with miscommunication on a fly ball. He pitched out of it really well. Then he put himself in a jam the following inning, but found a way to get out of it with only giving up one."
Crawford's tying single got Albert Suarez off the hook. The righty, who spent his first seven professional seasons in the Rays' organization, gave up three home runs in 4 2/3 innings. In the ninth, the Rays' only fight was a two-out homer from Logan Forsythe. Fill-in Giants closer Cory Gearrin retired the other three batters he faced, picking up the save.
I get knocked down: Panik was able to deliver the game-winning homer in the ninth despite being hit in the head by a pitch four innings later. The HBP by Moore with the bases loaded drove in a run in the fifth, and after being checked on by Giants trainers, Panik took his base and stayed in.
"I'd like to thank my father for giving me a thick skull," Panik quipped. More >
First-pitch success: Evan Longoria's first-inning solo home run came on the first pitch of the at-bat against Suarez. In the fourth inning, Logan Morrison matched the effort, taking the first pitch of the inning from Suarez over the wall in left-center.
"I liked the way the guys swung the bat," Cash said. "Just wish a couple of those homers would've had some guys on base."
Moore gets tough: Some miscommunication between Mahtook and Dickerson led to a single by Posey to give the Giants runners on first and second with no outs in the top of the fourth inning. But Moore recovered and struck out Matt Duffy, Crawford and Angel Pagan in succession to end the threat.
Scratch and claw: The Rays had let the Giants have their chances with runners on the basepaths. San Francisco was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position before Crawford delivered his two-out, game-tying single with Posey on second in the eighth.
"We've got 25 guys, and we believe each one of them is important to this team," Panik said. "I think that's why you see multiple guys have success in different games."
"It felt good. Obviously, when I was playing for them, I never thought I was gonna pitch against them. Baseball, it changes. So I got a chance to do it today, it feels good." -- Suarez, on pitching in the Rays' home ballpark. He was a part of their organization from 2008-14
In 27 Major League innings, Suarez hadn't given up a single home run. In his first four innings on Saturday, he gave up three -- to Longoria, Brad Miller and Morrison.
"They were aggressive, trying to jump on the fastball," Suarez said. "They took advantage of it. They knew I am a fastball pitcher."
Giants: Right-hander Jake Peavy (3-6, 5.83 ERA) will start for the Giants on Sunday after pushing his start back a day due to neck stiffness. His 10:10 a.m. PT start against the Rays will be against a team he was familiar with during his stretch as an American League pitcher from 2009-14.
Rays: Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.79 ERA) will make his first career start against the Giants in Sunday's 1:10 p.m. ET finale. He is 6-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 13 career Interleague starts.

Realmuto, Bour homer as Marlins outslug Rox

 J.T. Realmuto launched a three-run homer on a four-hit afternoon as the Marlins erased an early deficit and beat the Rockies, 9-6, on Saturday at Marlins Park.
Realmuto finished a triple shy of the first cycle in Marlins history. His homer, which gave the Marlins the lead in the fifth, came off reliever Eddie Butler, who was pitching for the first time in 11 days. Butler was forced into action after Tyler Chatwood, who entered with a Major League-leading 0.65 road ERA, departed in the second with a mid-back spasm. Justin Bouralso homered off Butler, for two runs in the third.
Weiss said Chatwood's injury "just cropped up on him. We watched him for a couple, three hitters, and he didn't look right. The body language was a little off."
Butler, pitching for the first time since a road start against the Dodgers on June 7, surrendered six runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two with no walks, but the mistakes in the zone to Bour and Realmuto were his undoing. Butler, who had a 1.80 relief ERA in two appearances before Saturday, was galled by the Realmuto homer.
"It was a slider that didn't get there," said Butler, who noted that he missed twice with sliders on that fateful Realuto at-bat. "It stinks. That's baseball."
Nick Hundley produced a bases-clearing double as the Rockies scored six runs in the third -- all charged to Wei-Yin Chen, who departed after 2 1/3 innings in his shortest career start. However, Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan held the Rockies hitless for 2 2/3 innings to touch off a solid bullpen effort.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the long wait before Chen's third inning, which included Chatwood's injury and the pitching change, could have affected Chen. Mattingly even asked the umpire to let him have extra warm-up pitches.
"He had to sit a while," Mattingly said. "I don't know if that had anything to do with it, but I'm sure he doesn't want me to make excuses for him or anything. Obviously, not a whole lot of swing-and-miss today. They put the ball in play on him. He wasn't really able to make them miss at all."
Bour keeps it close: Just a half inning after the Rockies plated six runs to take a 6-3 lead, Bour brought the Marlins within one. Giancarlo Stanton led off the third with a sharp single to left before Bour deposited a 2-1 Butler offering into the right-field seats. The long ball was Bour's 11th of the season, one shy of Stanton's and Marcell Ozuna's team-leading 12.
"I think it's important any time you get down to try to come back there as soon as you can and put some runs up on the board," Bour said. "It was good I was able to do that for us."
Ouch: It was clear from the start something was wrong with Chatwood. He entered with 2.8 walks per nine innings. On one of his two strikeouts, to Realmuto to open the third, the ball bounced away from catcher Hundley and allowed the batter to reach. Finally, Chatwood had trouble straightening after throwing ball four to Martin Prado on a pitch that sailed well past the reach of Hundley. A brief meeting involving head athletic trainer Keith Dugger ensued. Chatwood ambled gingerly to the clubhouse for observation. He still left with a 1.25 road ERA, which remains the Majors' best. More >
Sculpture hunting: Realmuto regained the lead in the fifth inning. Bour and Stanton set the stage with singles through the left side before Realmuto launched a Butler 1-1 slider off the home run sculpture beyond the center-field wall, putting the Marlins ahead, 8-6. The homer was Realmuto's fourth of the season and second of the month.
"I was really just looking for something to drive the other way and try to move them to second and third," Realmuto said. "Luckily, I got a pitch over the middle of the plate and was able to put a good swing on it. I was actually looking to stay up the middle and ended up pulling it a little."
As they discussed: Earlier this week, Rockies manager Walt Weiss called a meeting to remind players to use their heads with situational hitting, particularly with two strikes. In the Rockies' six-run third, three of their five hits -- including Hundley's three-run double -- came with two strikes, as did the hit batsman drawn by Trevor Story and the bases-loaded walk wheedled by Mark Reynolds.
"There were really good at-bats in front of me," Hundley said. "I got up in a really good situation. Mark walked after going down 0-2. We grinded out at-bats. We did a really good job getting [Chen] out of there in the third, but obviously their bullpen shut us down."
"If you would've seen us in batting practice today, you would've thought we had no chance. We all came in laughing about it, how we were gonna get no-hit today because nobody looked good. But then we go out there and put up 17 hits. It's just a funny game." -- Realmuto, on the offensive explosion
Stanton finished 3-for-5, marking the slugger's second three-hit game this season and first since April 24. Now 5-for-8 in the series, Stanton collected back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since May 4-5.
Rockies: Lefty Tyler Anderson, who held the Padres to one run in 6 1/3 innings Sunday in a no-decision in his Major League debut, will aspire to a successful follow-up against the Marlins at 11:10 a.m. MT on Sunday in the third of four at Marlins Park.
Marlins: Right-hander Tom Koehler seeks his third straight win in the third of four games against the Rockies at 1:10 p.m. ET on Sunday. Koehler has turned the corner in June with his command, walking just one in each of his last three starts.

Springer, Astros walk off to answer Reds' rally

The Reds and Astros are no strangers to extra innings lately, and even Houston's two-run lead Saturday with one strike remaining couldn't keep them from working overtime.
One day after the teams played 11 innings, Houston reliever Ken Giles allowed a tying two-run homer to Adam Duvall with two outs in the ninth, but George Springer walked it off with an RBI single for a 5-4 win in 11 innings as the Astros evened the series at Minute Maid Park.
"It's not easy playing this many close games, and we continue to grind," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Our at-bats got better as the night went on. This team has grown a little bit throughout all these extra innings, because we have a tendency to try to end it [with a home run]. To watch a couple of singles go through the infield, very timely."
The Astros are now 7-4 in extra inning games this season, and 5-3 in such affairs at home. The Reds have now played three extra-inning games in their last four contests, going 1-2.
"We're battling our tails off in every game right now and giving ourselves a chance to win close games," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "That type of effort serves us well, and that will be the backbone of this team when it gets back on its feet to push for a World Series in the next couple years."
The furious finish obscured Cincinnati starter Cody Reed's impressive, but inconsistent, MLB debut, as he struck out nine but allowed a pair of two-run homers.
Marwin Gonzalez welcomed the left-handed hurler to the Majors with a mammoth shot above the Crawford Boxes in the first inning for his fifth homer this season and first since May 21.
Reed settled in after the opening frame, mostly matching reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, who lasted seven innings while allowing two runs and striking out six in an encouraging bounce-back effort.
Evan Gattis launched his 10th home run of the season to break open a tie game in the seventh inning and snap a lengthy slump at the plate. Reed finished seven innings in his first career start, allowing six hits and four runs.
Duvall's ninth-inning heroics gave him 20 home runs this season, tied for the Major League lead.
"I couldn't say I wouldn't believe [I'd have 20 homers], but it's still pretty cool to come up big in that spot," Duvall said.
All about Hamilton: Billy Hamilton showed no fear despite a recent concussion, sliding into the outfield wall for a remarkable catch in the second inning. The catch seemed to calm Reed down and prevented Jake Marisnick's liner from adding a run to Houston's early lead. According to Statcast™, Hamilton reached a max speed of 20.4 mph and had a route efficiency of 97.8 percent, while his first step was clocked at 0.1 seconds. The exit velocity off the bat of Marisnick was measured at 102 mph, and similar batted balls have posted a batting average of .889. More >
Keuchel of old: After struggling for most of the season, Keuchel had a strong start, allowing only two runs and five hits over seven innings with no walks and six strikeouts, taking a no-decision after three straight losses. Keuchel came into the game with a 3-9 record and a 5.54 ERA. After Zack Cozart's sixth-inning homer tied the game at 2, Keuchel retired his final six batters.
"He should feel really good after this outing," Hinch said. "He put away hitters. He did a good job of getting the ball on the ground."
Impressive debut: Reed sandwiched moments of brilliance between the pair of homers. The heralded left-hander struck out nine, walked three and threw 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes. Reed's nine K's were the most by a Reds pitcher in his Major League debut since Johnny Cueto had 10 strikeouts on April 3, 2008 vs. Arizona. The No. 60 overall prospect in baseball took a no-decision, but he showcased his potential with an impressive array of pitches against Houston's potent lineup.
"My slider was really working today, and that's been working for me the last two years," Reed said. "Just getting to a count when I can throw that was big for me to get swings and misses."
Drought buster: Gattis snapped a 1-for-37 skid with a go-ahead two-run blast in the seventh off Reed. Gattis took Reed deep on the first pitch of the at-bat for his 10th home run of the season, giving the Astros a 4-2 lead.
"He's not healthy, and that's why we don't have a true long man in the bullpen right now. He's a little banged up, so you add that as having a six-man bullpen and most of these guys down there are on fumes, so it becomes a taxing environment. … The fact that Cody threw seven and [Josh Smith] pitched into the 11th saved our bacon for tomorrow."
-- Price, on Alfredo Simon and the Reds' bullpen depth
Price unsuccessfully challenged a call in the ninth inning, saying that Gattis didn't touch second base en route to third on Jason Castro's one-out single. The call of safe on the field stood.
Reds: It's another southpaw on the bump for Cincinnati, which goes for the series win at 2:10 p.m. ET in Sunday's series finale at Minute Maid Park. Brandon Finnegan gets the ball, looking to extend his stretch of solid starts. He's allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five outings.
Astros: Former Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers makes his seventh career start vs. the Reds at 1:10 p.m. CT, owning a 2-4 record against the club. The right-hander has walked two or fewer batters in 13 straight starts, dating to his final start of 2015.

O's cool Blue Jays, stay alone atop AL East

 Jonathan Schoop homered and Manny Machado had three hits as the Orioles hung onto sole possession of first place in the American League East with a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon at Camden Yards.
Baltimore regained its two-game lead over Toronto while the Red Sox remained one game back after their 6-2 win over Seattle on Saturday. Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardoallowed two runs over five innings to pick up the win in his first game since returning from the disabled list. He surrendered five hits and four walks but was able to limit the damage to pick up his second victory in a Baltimore uniform.
"I've been feeling pretty good ever since I started throwing the baseball," Gallardo said. "I made some pitches whenever I had to. It's just good to be back out there once again. We got the win. I think that's the most important thing, is [it's] a big win for us."
Schoop went 3-for-4, a triple shy of the cycle, with three runs scored, and Machado also went 3-for-4 with a run.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey took the loss for Toronto after he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks over six innings. It was the second consecutive outing that Dickey pitched well but came away with the loss because of a lack of run support.
"I just want to do my job, that's what everybody wants to do," said Dickey, who entered the game with the seventh lowest run support in baseball at 2.80 runs per game. "You want to be dependable and trustworthy. That's all I've ever wanted to be with the Toronto Blue Jays is that.
"When you have a good run, you feel good about giving your team a consistent chance to win a ballgame. … But it never feels good to lose a ballgame, but it is somewhat satisfying to give your team a chance to win."
Outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was one of the lone bright spots on offense for Toronto as he hit a solo home run and made a highlight-reel play in right field to take extra bases away fromAdam Jones.
Moving up pays off: Schoop batted second in the lineup for just the second time this season, and he delivered for the Orioles by scoring three of their four runs. After roping a double down the left-field line in the first inning, he came around to score on Machado's double a batter later. Then in the third, two pitches after Carrera's nice grab, he sent a fly ball over Carrera's head into the right-field seats for his 11th homer of the year. Schoop added a nice defensive play to end the top of the eighth when he grabbed a slow roller with his bare hand and fired to first to get Troy Tulowitzki.
Zeke-ing out: Carrera is not known for his power, but he got into one during the top of the third inning. Toronto's new everyday right fielder while Jose Bautista is on the disabled list sent a deep shot over the wall in center field. According to Statcast™, Carrera's third of the season was projected to travel 406 feet and left his bat at 104 mph. Carrera also made his presence felt in the bottom half of the third when he made a leaping grab at the wall to take extra bases away from Jones and then fired the ball into the infield to record a double play.
"Zee was really good for us last year, and now he's going to get a chance to play more with Jose down," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He's taking advantage of it. He's playing great."
Shutdown bullpen: O's manager Buck Showalter said before the game he didn't expect Gallardo to go deep in his first game back from the DL. He figured he'd need length from his relievers, and when Showalter turned the game over to the 'pen, it delivered with four scoreless frames. Baltimore entered Saturday with the third best bullpen ERA (3.10) in the Majors, and Mychal GivensBrad Brach and Zach Britton showed why. Britton managed to notch his American League leading 21st save despite struggling with his command. After loading the bases with one out, he got reigning MVP Josh Donaldson to ground into a game-ending double play.
"We are extremely spoiled by Zach," Showalter said. "That might be as good a [save] as you'll see all year, because he was searching for it some. It reminds you that he's human and what he does every day against these lineups every day in the ninth inning with the game on the line is special and remarkable."
Donaldson doubled in the top of the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, tying a career high. He also has reached base in 23 consecutive games.
Josh Thole snapped an 0-for-25 skid at the plate with a leadoff single in the top of the seventh.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA) will take the mound when the Blue Jays close out their three-game series against the Orioles on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET. Stroman had bounceback outing in his last start against the Phillies by allowing just two earned runs over seven strong innings.
Orioles: O's ace Chris Tillman (9-1, 2.87 ERA) will get the ball in the rubber match as he looks to extend his eight-decision winning streak to keep Baltimore at the top of the AL East. He's allowed one run total in his past two outings.