Ubaldo Jimenez held the Blue Jays scoreless over 6 2/3 innings Thursday, allowing one hit in a 4-0 Orioles shutout.
Jimenez gave up a single to Ezequiel Carrera to lead off the game and nothing more, walking three and striking out five. The start was the last and easily the most important for Jimenez this year, pulling the O's into a tie with the Jays with three games left to play. For the 32-year-old, it was a strong end to an up and down season. Jimenez ends with an 8-12 record, 5.44 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in 29 games, including 25 starts.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Thursday that Starling Marte (back) won't play for the remainder of the season.
At this point, the Pirates have nothing to play for and are content with Marte recovering on his own time rather than rushing him back. He finishes the season hitting .311/.362/.456 with nine homers, 46 RBI and 47 stolen bases in his 129 games. He'll be fully healthy and ready to go for spring training.
Marcus Stroman allowed nine hits and four runs over seven innings in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.
In the biggest start of the season, the right-hander was bled slowly, allowing runs in the third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings before exiting. Of course, he would have had to be near perfect to match O's starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who blanked the Jays over 6 2/3 innings. Stroman ends the regular season at 9-10 with a 4.37 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 32 starts.
Ryan Vogelsong will start the Pirates' season finale against the Cardinals on Sunday.
The Pirates hadn't officially named a starter for the final game, and it looks like the veteran right-hander will get one more turn. That could be a good development for the Cardinals who are still in the thick of the National League wild card race.
Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in Thursday's win over the Blue Jays.
Kim added to the Orioles' lead with an RBI knock in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old has put together an impressive first season in the majors -- one that might not have happened if the O's had their way in spring -- batting .307/.385/.429 with six homers, 22 RBI and 35 runs scored. At $4.2 million next year, the club should enter camp with designs on Kim occupying left field next year.