BALTIMORE — Anthony Santander was back in the lineup for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, and his back more than held up in delivering another victory.
After missing the past three games with back soreness, Santander hit a pair of solo home runs to account for all of the offense the Orioles would eventually need in a 7-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Wednesday evening. Santander’s 13th career multi-homer game assured an 80th consecutive multi-game series in which the Orioles earned at least one victory, the fourth-longest streak in Major League history.
On the mound, Dean Kremer pitched six scoreless innings while allowing just five hits — all of them singles. Kremer was moved up a day as Jack Flaherty was scratched from the start due to general soreness.
Santander’s absence, caused after he tweaked his back in Friday’s win in Oakland, was supposed to end last night but was rested for an extra day before making his return. His first home run of the3 game came in the fifth inning off Blue Jays’ ace Kevin Gausman, when Santander gave his back a good test as he knelt down to golf a pitch that almost hit the dirt and lifted it over the high wall in right field to double Baltimore’s lead at 2-0.
Another big swing from Santander was the start of a five-run eighth inning for the Orioles that salted the game away, as he went deep off Blue Jays reliever Trevor Richards on the first pitch of the inning to give Baltimore a 3-0 advantage. Adley Rutschman capped off the inning with a two-run single.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Wednesday evening’s contest, with all photos taken by DC-area photographer Phillip Peters. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 33 pictures in total.