BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman gave up one run over six innings and Delmon Young homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday night.
Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who moved within 3 1-2 games of first-place Toronto in the AL East.
Gausman (2-1) allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three in his second consecutive solid outing. The 2012 first-round draft pick stymied Oakland on June 7 after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and now appears to be a fixture in the starting rotation.
Zach Britton worked the ninth for his sixth save. The victory wasn’t secured, however, until a replay review confirmed the final out on a double-play grounder.
Buehrle (10-3) yielded four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to lose his second straight start following a six-game winning streak. The left-hander allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his previous 13 starts.
Toronto has lost three straight and five of six.
Baltimore needed just two at-bats to take a 2-0 lead. Markakis led off with a single and the seldom-used Young sent a changeup into the seats in left field, his first home run since April 8 and only the fourth against Buehrle this season.
It was the eighth straight game in which Toronto allowed the opposition to score first.
The Orioles made it 3-0 in the third. Manny Machado led off with a double to end an 0-for-18 skid and Caleb Joseph delivered an RBI single.
Toronto got a run in the fifth when Juan Francisco doubled and came home on a single by Melky Cabrera. The double ended Baltimore’s string of 23 innings without allowing an extra-base hit, and the run snapped the Orioles’ streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
That would be the only flaw in an otherwise solid performance by Gausman, who was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in his previous four appearances against Toronto.
Doubles by Jonathan Schoop and Markakis put Baltimore up 4-1 in the seventh, and Toronto got a run off Ryan Webb in the eighth when Jose Bautista doubled, stole third and scored on a groundout by Adam Lind.
NOTES: Toronto OF Colby Rasmus (right hamstring) made his first rehab start Thursday, serving as DH for Triple-A Buffalo. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Rasmus would play five innings in the field Friday before being reevaluated. Rasmus hasn’t played since May 13. … Baltimore will send Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7) to the mound Friday night in the second game of the series. Jimenez is 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA in six home starts. Drew Hutchison (4-4) will start for Toronto. … Baltimore pitchers have gone 42 straight innings without allowing a home run. … Toronto’s Jose Reyes opened the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. … Markakis passed Brian Roberts and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the Orioles’ career list with 1,453 hits.
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