On Saturday, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah was ejected from the game against the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning after plunking Oriole hitter Maikel Franco.
Toronto grabbed an early 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, but Baltimore tied the game with solo home runs in the second and third innings. Then in the bottom of the fourth, the Orioles has one out and one on before Ryan Mountcastle lifted a two-run shot followed by a solo shot from DJ Stewart. On the next pitch, Monoah hit Franco in the left shoulder. The two quickly exchanged words, and the benches cleared, but no brawl occurred. However, Manoah was tossed from the game after a rough outing. He finished the afternoon giving up five runs on three home runs in 3.1 innings.
The former West Virginia Mountaineer hurler came into the game with a 2.66 ERA with 21 strikeouts on the season. Following Saturday's start, his ERA jumped to 4.18, but his six strikeouts put his season total to 27.
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