The Toronto Blue Jays are now tied with the Baltimore Orioles for the top wildcard spot in the American League, after a 4-0 loss to the Orioles Thursday night at Rogers Centre. The loss was the second in a row for the Jays.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitched a gem through 6 ⅔ innings, allowing just one hit, while striking out five and walking three. The Jays weren’t able to get much going in the way of offence until the later innings, when Kevin Pillar hit a single in the eighth, and Edwin Encarnacion smacked a double in the bottom of the ninth. The rest of the offence sputtered, a common occurrence this month for the Jays.

Marcus Stroman allowed all four runs for the Jays, as he went seven-plus innings while picking up the loss. He became the only Blue Jays pitcher to reach 200 inning pitched this season. The Orioles were able to get to Stroman early in the game, with runs coming in the third and fourth. Another run in the seventh, and a fourth in the eighth finished off the scoring for the Orioles.

The Blue Jays will look to try to gain home field advantage, and secure a playoff spot in general, when they open their final series of the regular season Friday night against the AL East champion Boston Red Sox. The three games will be played at Fenway. So far the season, the Blue Jays are 4-3 when playing with the Green Monster as the backdrop in right field, and they will be looking to improve that record, to improve their postseason chances. Marco Estrada will get the start on the mound, while the Red Sox counter with ace Rick Porcello. You can listen live, starting with the pregame show at 5:00 p.m., on Saskatchewan’s home of Blue Jays Baseball, AM1190.