Umpire hurt; Orioles hit 4 HRs, beat slumping Blue Jays 6-4


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Scott was able to sit up, but was clearly shaken up, and the EMS immobilized his head and neck before taking him off the field on a stretcher.

"It was night and day, (Liriano) did a great job", Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

The Toronto Blue Jays have put slugging third baseman Josh Donaldson on the 10-day disabled list with a sore right calf. "The important part is just making sure that whenever I do come back, it's ready, and just go from there".

Zach Britton allowed one run and three hits in the ninth but picked up his fifth save of the season and his 54th straight converted save opportunity overall.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada threw seven shutout innings of four-hit ball.

Scott left the field on a spinal board in the eighth inning after being struck by a foul from Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo.

Home plate umpire Dale Scott is attended to on the field in the eighth inning after he was hit by a foul tip during a baseball game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles in Toronto on Friday April 14, 2017.

The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays meet Saturday in Major League Baseball action at the Rogers Centre.

Francisco Liriano (0-1), who allowed five runs in one-third of an inning in his season-opening loss to Tampa Bay last week, rebounded nicely against Baltimore. J.J. Hardy followed with an RBI single, and Baltimore was on top 2-0.

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Kendrys Morales singled and went to third on a double by Troy Tulowitzki. The Orioles will counter with fellow right-hander Alec Asher (season debut).

"I think it's just a reminder of the challenges physically and the risk taken every night by catchers, umpires and that one, I know Dale had some concussions a year ago", O's Manager Buck Showalter said after the game (via the Baltimore Sun). There was a rare early rally, a rare multi-run inning and a rare lead after playing 28 consecutive innings at the Rogers Centre either tied or behind.

Baltimore reclaimed the lead by belting a pair of homers in the next frame. Coghlan had his contract selected from triple-A Buffalo on Friday. Regardless, Darwin Barney fought off a changeup and dumped a soft liner to CF, scoring Bautista on a close play at the plate to give the Jays the lead.

Catcher/first baseman Juan Graterol was designated for assignment to make room for Coghlan on the 40-man roster.