Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter talks to coach Wayne Kirby in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)
Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez throws against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Thornhill)
TORONTO — Jonathan Schoop drove in the only run of the game with a solo home run, Miguel Gonzalez became the fourth Baltimore starter to reach 10 wins, and the AL East champion Orioles headed into the playoffs on a winning note, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 on Sunday.
Baltimore (96-66), which snapped a three-game losing streak, then learned it will face AL Central champ Detroit when the division series begins Thursday. The Tigers clinched shortly after the Orioles left the field.
Nelson Cruz went hitless in his final regular-season game but remained on track to finish as Baltimore's second straight American League home run champion. Cruz has 40 homers, one year after teammate Chris Davis led the majors with 53.
The Blue Jays (83-79) finished out of the playoffs for the 21st straight season, the longest active drought in baseball.
Toronto was 38-24 on the morning of June 7, six games ahead of Baltimore in the AL East standings. The Blue Jays went 45-55 the rest of the way, including a 9-17 slide in August that all but ended their postseason hopes.
"We didn't achieve our goals," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said before the game. "It's probably more disheartening this season just because I felt we were close."
Gonzalez (10-9) allowed five hits in five shutout innings for his first victory in three starts. He walked none and struck out three.
It's the first time since 1997 that Baltimore has had four starters reach double figures in wins. The last quartet to do so was Scott Erickson, Scott Kamieniecki, Jimmy Key and Mike Mussina.
Dickey lost for the first time in eight starts, allowing two hits and one run in six innings. He walked three and struck out two in his first defeat since Aug. 13 at Seattle.
LATE SEASON PICK-UP
The Blue Jays claimed RHP Cory Burns off waivers from Tampa Bay and selected 1B Matt Hague from Triple-A Buffalo, returning him to the 40-man roster. To make room, OF Melky Cabrera and RHP Chad Jenkins were transferred to the 60-day DL.
WEAKER ON THE WEEKEND
The Orioles went 58-23 in games from Monday through Thursday but 38-43 from Friday through Sunday.
The Blue Jays drew 45,901 to their season finale, bringing total attendance for 2014 to 2,375,525.
Fans booed loudly when a man wearing a Calgary Flames jersey caught a foul ball in the sixth and proudly held it over his head.
All content copyright ©2014 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.