BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles signed right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal this spring for moments like Friday night, for him to be the difference in helping his new team cut the gap between it and the top of the AL East.
And while Jimenez delivered a quality start Friday — albeit a wobbly one in which he battled his control throughout — the Orioles still dropped a 4-0 decision to the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays in front of an announced sellout crowd of 44,031 at Camden Yards.
The Orioles have lost 11 of Jimenez’s 14 starts. Meantime, Jimenez is 0-6 in seven starts at Camden Yards.
Baltimore suffered its fifth shutout loss of the season and a second in four games. It’s a recurring theme when Jimenez is on the mound.
Not only have the Orioles scored three or fewer runs in 11 of Jimenez’s 14 starts, but they’ve scored one run or fewer in six of them.
The loss dropped the Orioles (34-32) to 41 / 2 games behind the Blue Jays (40-29) in the AL East.
Jimenez (2-8) gave up two runs on three hits over six innings but tied a season high with five walks.
Since Jimenez’s last start — a disastrous 21 / 3-inning, six-run outing against the Oakland Athletics — the Orioles have gone an entire turn through the rotation with providing five consecutive quality starts.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison held the Orioles scoreless for seven innings, scattering six hits. In two starts against the Orioles this season, he hasn’t yielded an earned run in 13 innings.
— Baltimore Sun