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Blue Jays finish two-day game with win over O's

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BALTIMORE -- One day after walking off the mound in a tie game, A.J. Burnett received credit for his 11th win of the season.

Taking over for Burnett in the completion of a suspended game, Toronto's bullpen limited the Baltimore Orioles to two hits over the final four innings in a 5-1 victory Thursday.

Burnett (11-9) gave up one run and six hits, striking out seven in five innings Wednesday night. The Blue Jays then took a 2-1 lead in the top of the sixth before rain suspended play.

The game resumed Thursday before the regularly scheduled finale of the four-game series.

With Burnett watching in the dugout, Jesse Carlson entered in the sixth and got four straight outs, Shawn Camp retired the only two batters he faced to end the seventh and Scott Downs finished with two innings of two-hit ball.

"Let's thank the bullpen," Burnett said. "They came out and finished out what I started from the get-go."

Burnett improved to 5-2 in his past seven starts.

"Eleven (wins) is good, but I have a lot of L's after those W's that shouldn't be there," he said. "I'm on a good run right now."

Heck, he's even getting wins on days he doesn't pitch.

"It was kind of a weird feeling," Burnett conceded.

The victory was worth the wait for the Blue Jays, who had lost seven consecutive road series since taking two of three from Oakland on May 27-29. By winning the suspended game, Toronto was assured no worse than a split.

When play resumed, Lance Cormier replaced Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (6-8) and retired Scott Rolen on a comebacker with Lyle Overbay on third base.

Overbay singled in the tiebreaking run earlier in the inning, shortly before a thundershower ultimately rendered the field unplayable.

The loss was Guthrie's first in seven starts since June 12. The right-hander was 3-0 in that span.

Early Thursday morning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley joked about bringing back Guthrie to finish the sixth.

"If I leave him in," Trembley said, "I might be looking for a job at American Legion Post 61 somewhere, managing their team in Allentown."

Toronto pulled away with three unearned runs in the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, Kevin Millar fielded a grounder to first and threw wildly to home, allowing two runs to score. John McDonald followed with a sacrifice fly.

Long before the rain came Wednesday, Toronto broke on top in the third when Adam Lind singled, stole second, took third on a single by McDonald and scored on a groundout by Marco Scutaro.

After stranding a runner at second base in the first and second innings, Baltimore pulled even in the fourth. Aubrey Huff tripled to left-center and scored on an infield hit by Melvin Mora.

Burnett gave up a double to Brian Roberts in the fifth but struck out the side.

Notes

  • Burnett improved to 7-1 against Baltimore.
  • It was Toronto's first suspended game since May 1996, when a curfew halted a game against Boston. The Orioles still have a suspended game to complete from earlier this season, in Chicago.
  • Baltimore has scored 11 runs in Guthrie's eight losses.
 
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Scott Downs works the final two innings as the Toronto bullpen preserves the victory for A.J. Burnett. (AP)
Scott Downs works the final two innings as the Toronto bullpen preserves the victory for A.J. Burnett. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

L. Overbay
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Toronto

A. Burnett
IP 5.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 

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