BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning after Brandon Morrow was perfect through five, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 Saturday night.
Chris Tillman (3-4) allowed two runs and four hits over seven innings to earn his first win since May 11. Called up from Triple-A Norfolk before the game for his third stint with Baltimore, the right-hander struck out five and walked one to help the Orioles secure their third win in 11 games.
Morrow breezed through the first five innings, striking out five and allowing only three balls out of the infield. Forty-four of his 56 pitches during that span were strikes.
And then came the sixth when Baltimore turned a two-run deficit into a 4-2 lead.
Nolan Reimold started the uprising by lining a 3-1 pitch up the middle. One out later Blake Davis singled to right, and Reimold came in when shortstop Yunel Escobar mishandled a potential double-play grounder off the bat of Robert Andino.
After Nick Markakis fouled out, Jones hit an opposite-field drive over the 25-foot scoreboard in right field.
Jones thrust his right arm upward as he saw the ball clear the wall, then clapped as he approached second base. It was his 20th homer of the season, a new career high.
Baltimore pulled away with a two-run eighth. Josh Bell walked and scored on a throwing error by center fielder Colby Rasmus, and Jones chased Morrow with an RBI single.
Morrow (8-6) gave up six runs, three earned, and four hits in 7 2-3 innings. It was only the seventh time in his 20 starts this season that the right-hander allowed more than three runs.
The start of the game was delayed by rain for 1 hour, 11 minutes. It was raining when the game started and for much of the night.
Rasmus homered for the Blue Jays, his first since coming over from St. Louis as part of an eight-player trade on July 27. But Toronto was unable to do much else against Tillman, who raised his career record to 7-14.
After Rasmus staked Toronto to a 1-0 lead in the second, Tillman retired the next 10 batters — a string that ended with a leadoff walk to Jose Molina in the sixth. A single and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs before Molina scored on a sacrifice fly by Jose Bautista.
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