TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run home run, Austin Hays had a solo shot and the Baltimore Orioles held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Tuesday night.
Mountcastle went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and scored twice.
“He had a great night offensively,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.
Jordan Lyles (4-5) allowed five hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts as the Orioles snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Blue Jays.
Relievers Félix Bautista, Dillon Tate and Cionel Pérez followed Lyles before Jorge López recorded the final five outs for his ninth save in 11 chances.
“It just shows you how good he is,” Mountcastle said of López, who retired Toronto’s top four hitters plus pinch-hitter Alejandro Kirk. “He faced all their guys down the stretch there in the game. He’s the real deal. He’s fun to play behind and a joy to watch.”
Matt Chapman homered and rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno had three hits and drove in the first runs of his career, but Toronto couldn’t overcome another rough start by left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, whose winless streak reached five starts.
Mountcastle homered off Kikuchi in the third, his 10th, and Robinson Chirinos hit an RBI double in the fourth.
“Being a little bit more fine and executing my pitches would be key,” Kikuchi said through a translator.
Chapman returned to the lineup after missing the past three games because of a sore left wrist. He singled and scored on Bo Bichette’s RBI groundout in the third, and connected off Lyles in the fourth for his eighth home run.
Chapman nearly hit a game-tying homer off Pérez in the eighth, but Cedric Mullins caught his deep drive on the warning track in center. Moreno followed with an RBI…