BALTIMORE (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez scattered three singles and allowed just one unearned run while pitching into the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Alejandro De Aza reached base four times for the Orioles on a single, double, hit by pitch and a walk. Rookie Rey Navarro got his first career home run with a solo shot to lead off the eighth.
Gonzalez (4-2) struck out five and walked two in 7 2/3 innings to improve to 7-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 career starts against Toronto. The Blue Jays’ only run came on a passed ball in the eighth.
The Orioles, who won for just the third time in nine games, held Toronto without an extra-base hit for the first time this season.
Blue Jays righty Aaron Sanchez struggled early, walking his first two batters in the second. After a bunt by David Lough moved them over, Caleb Joseph followed with a two-run double down the left-field line. Manny Machado and De Aza added two more doubles, extending the lead to 4-0. De Aza went to third on a wild pitch and Jimmy Paredes got an infield single for the Orioles’ fifth run.
Sanchez (3-3) allowed a season-high five runs on seven hits with four walks and a strikeout over 5 2-3 innings.
One night after committing three errors, the Orioles came up with several defensive gems, including a running catch by De Aza in right and a leaping grab by the second baseman Navarro in the fourth.
That was all the support Gonzalez would need. After a single by Devon Travis in the third, Gonzalez retired 14 straight. A walk to Kevin Pillar in the eighth ended that streak. Pillar later scored on a passed ball by Joseph.
Baltimore right-hander Darren O’Day got the final four outs for his first save.
Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes (injured left rib) took batting practice from both sides of the plate for the first time Wednesday. Reyes felt fine fielding and batting right-handed, but said he wouldn’t consider a rehab assignment until he could bat without difficulty from both sides.
Orioles: RHP Jason Garcia (right shoulder tendinitis) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, and RHP Mike Wright was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk.
Blue Jays: Righty Drew Hutchison (3-0) opens the four-game series Thursday at Houston, putting his perfect record on the line against Astros right-hander Roberto Hernandez (1-3).
Orioles: Baltimore opens its third series outside the AL East on Friday. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (1-1) faces Angels righty Jered Weaver (1-4).
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