One strike from disaster, the Blue Jays pulled off their most important rally of the season on Saturday night in Baltimore, finally putting their foot down to stop the tailspin.
Down two with two out in the top of the ninth after the Orioles launched six home runs, Bo Bichette stepped in with the bases loaded and took ball one. Then, he fouled off seven pitches in a row, battling to stay alive until, finally, an awkward fly ball into shallow right field fell in for a base hit. It was the bounce that this Blue Jays team needed, in every definition of the word.
That tied things up before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stepped to the plate and did what he always does. Guerrero ripped a two-run double into left-center, building on another massive day that already saw him launch his 23rd home run of the season to jump back ahead of Fernando Tatis Jr. for the Major League lead.
A mid-June win over the Orioles hasn’t meant much in recent years, but this 10-7 win mattered. The Blue Jays were coming off five straight losses within the division, including late bullpen meltdowns, a sweep at the hands of the Yankees and a 7-1 loss to open the series against the Orioles, who own the second-worst record in baseball. Following that loss, manager Charlie Montoyo met with a core group of players to talk about what had happened, and what needs to come next.