Blue Jays Beat Orioles 5-2 For 4-Game Split
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Sunday for a split of the four-game series.
Edwin Encarnacion also had three hits for the Blue Jays, who had totaled 15 runs in losing six of their previous eight games. The AL East leaders came to town with a 4 1/2-game lead.
Adam Jones homered and Nelson Cruz had three hits and his major league-leading 56th RBI for the Orioles.
Happ (6-3) gave up one run, seven hits and no walks in six-plus innings. He had lost two of his previous three starts, yielding 12 earned runs over 17 2-3 innings.
Casey Janssen got four outs for his 12th save.
Chris Tillman (5-4) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. The right-hander didn’t issue a walk or record a strikeout.
Tillman is 0-4 with a 2.78 ERA at home and 5-0 with a 6.33 ERA on the road.
The Blue Jays went up 5-1 with a two-run eighth against Tommy Hunter. Navarro hit an RBI double and Steve Tolleson added a run-scoring groundout.
Jones hit his 11th homer of the season in the bottom half off Dustin McGowan.
Toronto got a first-inning run on an RBI double by Jose Bautista, who one pitch earlier thought he had drawn a walk on a 3-1 offering that umpire Jerry Layne called a strike.
The Blue Jays wasted a leadoff double in the second inning but converted the same situation in the fourth. After Encarnacion doubled, Navarro blooped an RBI single to left field for a 2-0 lead.
In the Toronto fifth, Anthony Gose snapped a 5-for-38 skid with a leadoff single, advanced on a double by Jose Reyes and scored on a flyball by Melky Cabrera.
Baltimore closed to 3-1 in the sixth when Jones hit two-out double and Cruz singled him home.
NOTES: Orioles 1B Chris Davis was given a rare day off by manager Buck Showalter, even though the slugger had four homers in his last 11 games. … Two Toronto pitchers who left with groin tightness this weekend remained hopeful of avoiding the disabled list. After receiving treatment, Brett Cecil said, “I’m sure I’ll feel it when I throw,” and R.A. Dickey said of his injury: “Maybe a little sore, but not bad.” … The Blue Jays have Monday off, while the Orioles continue a 13-game run against AL East foes in Tampa Bay against the last-place Rays. … Umpire Hunter Wendelstedt was scratched, one day after he fell backward and hit his head upon being unintentionally brushed by Jones. … The crowd of 46,469 was Baltimore’s fifth sellout of the season and second in the series.
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