Wells is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in his last three starts. Last time out, he allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings in a Friday win over the Kansas City Royals, striking out four and one on the walk. For the season, the 28-year-old is averaging nearly one strikeout per inning.
Last season, his first as a starter, Wells went 7-7 with a 4.25 ERA, and he averaged 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
“He’s learning how to navigate the queues three times, which he really didn’t have to do much last year, and he understands how good his command is,” Orioles said manager Brandon Hyde. “(Against the Royals) he didn’t have his very good fastball, but he had to command it. He had to use other things.
Wells is 2-1 with a 6.14 ERA in eight games (two starts) against Toronto.
Kikuchi is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts. He went five innings and allowed two runs in each of those outings. Against the Minnesota Twins on Friday in his last start, he struck out four and walked one with no decision. Kikuchi gave up a home run, bringing his season total in that category to 18.
He is 3-5 with a 6.29 ERA in nine career games (six starts) against the Orioles
Wednesday evening, the Orioles couldn’t solve Berrios, who improved to 10-0 in his career against them with 7 2/3 shutouts in a 3-1 victory. Berrios shut down a Baltimore team that went 17 hits in an 11-6 win on Tuesday
“Basically, he had everything to work against a really good roster,” Toronto manager John Schneider said.
George Springer homered Bradish in the seventh for the first inning of the game, and Toronto’s Whit Merrifield had three hits and an RBI.
blue jays reliever Tim Mayza retired Gunnar Henderson with two ons and two outs in the eighth. Jordan Romano singled Ryan O’Hearn, Austin Hays and Aaron Hicks with two outs in the ninth to allow a run, but he knocked out Adam Frazier to complete his 19th save.
Toronto, which has won nine of its last 13 games, improved to 1-4 against the Orioles and 7-16 against American League East
THE Orioles had won five in a row and almost made it six
“We definitely showed heart in the ninth inning, hitting a few hits with two outs,” Hicks said. “And we managed to get a run, but we were still fighting. Especially the pitcher tonight was tough. He was determining his runs, and you’re going to have games like that.”
Baltimore placed right-handed reliever Austin Voth on the 15-day injured list with right elbow discomfort. He struggled Tuesday against Toronto, giving up two points to get just one. THE Orioles bought right-hander Reed Garrett’s contract from Triple-A Norfolk and named receiver Mark Kolozsvary for assignment
Garrett pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday in his Orioles beginning