BALTIMORE (AP) — J.P. Arencibia put Toronto ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays overcame home runs by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in a 7-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th homer, and Maicer Izturis had three hits to help the Blue Jays secure their fourth win in 11 games.
Davis increased his major-league leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games, a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Jackson is the only player in AL history with more home runs before the All-Star break, hitting 37 in 1969.
Baltimore led 3-2 before the Blue Jays took the lead in the sixth against Jason Hammel (7-6). Singles by Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus and Izturis loaded the bases for Arencibia, who lined a two-run single to left.
Toronto pulled away with three runs in the seventh. Jose Bautista hit an RBI double, then Lind and Rasmus delivered run-scoring grounders.
Aaron Loup (4-3) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief. Loup followed starter Todd Redmond, who allowed three runs in four innings.
Casey Janssen, the last of five Blue Jays relievers, entered with one out in the ninth and struck out Nate McLouth and Manny Machado for his 18th save in 19 chances.
Toronto’s Brett Lawrie, activated from the disabled list before the game, went 0 for 4 in his first big league start at second base. Lawrie was moved from third base so that the steady hitting Izturis could stay in the lineup.
Hammel gave up six runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.59 ERA in eight starts since May 27 and has surrendered 19 home runs this season compared to nine all last year.
The game drew a crowd on 46,150, the fifth sellout of the season at Camden Yards. Baltimore won the previous four.
Hammel faced three batters before falling behind 2-0. Jose Reyes led off with a double, and Encarnacion hit a one-out drive over the center-field wall, his second homer in two games.
Davis hit an opposite-field homer to left on a full count in the second inning to get the Orioles within a run.
Baltimore went up 3-2 in the fourth. After Jones opened the inning with his 18th home run, Redmond hit Davis with a pitch and Brian Roberts delivered a two-out RBI double off the right-field wall.
The Orioles got only three hits the rest of the way.
NOTES: Toronto’s J.A. Happ, who was hit in the head by a line drive on May 7, returned to the mound and pitched three innings in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday. He allowed four hits and no earned runs. … Baltimore’s Scott Feldman (0-1) will go against Toronto’s Josh Johnson (1-4) in Sunday’s finale. Feldman is 0-4 lifetime against the Blue Jays. … Jones received two walks in a game for the first time this season.
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