TORONTO (AP) — Aledmys Diaz hit a game-winning single in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Thursday night.
Teoscar Hernandez doubled off Miguel Castro (1-2) to begin the 10th and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked before Kendrys Morales and Luke Maile struck out. Diaz won it with a single to the wall in left, giving Toronto just its second win in its past 12 home games.
Danny Barnes (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, which looked unlikely when Orioles closer Brad Brach entered with a 4-1 lead in the ninth. Brach had a streak of 10 consecutive scoreless outings, but couldn’t extend his run.
Maile drew a one-out walk, Diaz doubled and both runners scored on Randal Grichuk’s second double of the game. Pinch hitter Devon Travis walked before Kevin Pillar lined a tying single to center.
Castro replaced Brach and escaped the jam by getting Yangervis Solarte to ground into a double-play.
Baltimore broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh when catcher Austin Wynns hit his first career home run, a solo shot off Tyler Clippard.
The Orioles made it 4-1 in the eighth when Danny Valencia and Mark Trumbo hit back-to-back home runs off John Axford.
Orioles starter David Hess allowed one run and five hits in six-plus innings.
Blue Jays left-hander Jaime Garcia allowed just one run and four hits in six innings, but remained winless in eight starts.
Toronto outfielder Curtis Granderson hit his 46th career leadoff home run.
Orioles: LHP Zach Britton (Achilles) pitched one inning for Triple-A Norfolk, his fourth scoreless rehab appearance. Britton is expected to make back-to-back appearances for Norfolk on Sunday and Monday and could rejoin the Orioles as early as Wednesday, manager Buck Showalter said. … RHP Darren O’Day (right elbow) struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless inning for Class-A Frederick Thursday and could rejoin the Orioles on Saturday, Showalter said.
Blue Jays: 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list because of a sore left leg. Guerrero left Wednesday’s game for Double-A New Hampshire. … 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) fielded grounders and took batting practice before the game. Donaldson is eligible to come off the DL on Friday, but is expected to need an extra day or two. … RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will throw a three-inning simulated game at Toronto’s spring training facility in Florida on Friday. Stroman (0-5, 7.71) has been out since May 8.
Orioles RHP Andrew Cashner (2-7, 5.02) faces Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ (7-3, 4.08). Cashner has lost two straight starts, while Happ is unbeaten in his past four outings.
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