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Toronto at Baltimore

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Toronto (75-87)10011010000492
Baltimore (64-98) «20000200001580

Orioles 5, Blue Jays 4 (11)

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BALTIMORE -- In an otherwise meaningless game for the Baltimore Orioles, Melvin Mora bid an emotional farewell to the hometown fans and rookie Michael Aubrey showed why he deserves another look next year.

Aubrey scored the winning run on Brandon League's second throwing error in the 11th inning Sunday, giving the Orioles a 5-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and a three-game sweep.

Aubrey led off the 11th with a single and took second when League (3-6) threw wildly to first on a bunt by Lou Montanez. Jeff Fiorentino then laid down a bunt, and after League's low throw to first base skipped into the outfield, Aubrey scampered home.

"I was anticipating a bad throw, and it was," Aubrey said.

Obtained from Cleveland in late June, Aubrey hit two homers Friday and showed his alertness on the basepaths in the season finale.

"I think I put myself in a good position to where maybe these guys might realize there's something worth keeping. Then hopefully I go into spring with these guys and continue to make a statement," the first baseman said.

Mora, 37, almost certainly won't be back. The three-year extension he signed in 2006 expires after this season, and the Orioles will be striving during the offseason to add a third baseman with more punch in his bat.

Mora ranks in the top 10 on the Orioles' career lists for at-bats, runs, total bases, doubles, homers and RBI. He was replaced in the sixth inning by pinch-hitter Justin Turner, who delivered a two-run single to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead. After the inning, Mora walked to the top of the dugout steps and received a warm ovation from the crowd.

"That's the one thing I'm never going to forget. It's kind of like the people appreciate what I do for the organization," Mora said. "It was emotional because I see a lot of people [in the crowd] around me crying."

Matt Albers (3-6) pitched a perfect 11th for the Orioles, who finished the season with a four-game winning streak, their longest since a five-game run in mid-June.

Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and John McDonald homered for the Blue Jays. Ricky Romero completed a solid rookie season by allowing four runs and five hits in seven innings.

But the game came down to two errant throws by League.

"The first bunt play, the ball slipped out of my hand and I threw it over his head," the right-hander said. "I tried to shake it off, but the next one I threw the opposite way, right into the dirt."

It was a fitting end to a weekend in which several of the Jays spoke out against manager Cito Gaston and general manager J.P. Ricciardi was fired.

"We didn't play well over here. I guess it goes along with everything else that happened," Gaston said.

Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie attained several milestones, not all of them good. By pitching 7 2/3 innings, the right-hander reached 200 in a season for the first time. But he also yielded three homers, matching the franchise record of 35 in a season, and his two walks gave him a career-high 60.

"When we took him out, I thanked him and he said thank you and he was appreciative because he reached a milestone goal for himself with the innings pitched," manager Dave Trembley said. "He deserved it."

Nick Markakis hit a two-run shot for the Orioles, giving him 18 homers and 101 RBI for the season.

Toronto went up 1-0 in the first inning when Encarnacion hit his eighth homer. In the bottom half, Brian Roberts singled and scored when Markakis hit a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall.

The Blue Jays used successive doubles by Randy Ruiz and Travis Snyder to tie it in the fourth, and Bautista hit a shot to right in the fifth for a 3-2 lead.

Romero retired 13 straight before Fiorentino singled to open the sixth, which led to Turner's hit.

McDonald hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh to tie it.

Notes

Roberts' first-inning steal gave him four straight seasons with at least 30 SBs. ... Encarnacion finished with seven homers in his last 20 games. ... The Orioles finished 1-8 in Toronto and 8-1 in Baltimore. ... The crowd of 17,969 pushed the Orioles over 1.9 million for the 21st consecutive year.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

R. Ruiz
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Bautista, RF-CF5121030 .235
Aaron Hill, 2B4000111 .286
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B3121101 .225
Vernon Wells, CF5000015 .260
    Joe Inglett, RF0000000 .281
Lyle Overbay, 1B5000011 .265
Rod Barajas, C5000020 .226
Randy Ruiz, DH4130110 .313
Travis Snider, LF5011013 .241
John McDonald, SS4111001 .258
Totals40494310  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (11, Guthrie), Randy Ruiz 2 (7, Guthrie, Guthrie), Travis Snider (14, Guthrie)
HR - Jose Bautista (13, Guthrie), Edwin Encarnacion (13, Guthrie), John McDonald (4, Guthrie)
RBI - Jose Bautista (40), Edwin Encarnacion (39), Travis Snider (29), John McDonald (13)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (14), Travis Snider (10)
SB - Aaron Hill (6, 2nd base off Guthrie/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Brandon League 2 (2, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
Ricky Romero 7544381 4.30
Jesse Carlson 1100110 4.66
Shawn Camp 2100110 3.50
Brandon League (L,3-6)0110000 4.58
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 109-71, Jesse Carlson 17-12, Shawn Camp 27-18, Brandon League 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 7-6, Shawn Camp 3-2, Brandon League 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 29, Jesse Carlson 5, Shawn Camp 8, Brandon League 3
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3220210 .283
Robert Andino, SS4110123 .222
Matt Wieters, C4000126 .288
Nick Markakis, RF5122003 .293
Melvin Mora, 3B2000000 .260
   a- Justin Turner, PH-3B3012022 .167
Luke Scott, DH5000024 .258
Michael Aubrey, 1B5110002 .289
Lou Montanez, LF4000000 .183
Jeff Fiorentino, CF3010110 .281
Totals38584510  
a-singled for Mora in the 6th
Batting
HR - Nick Markakis (18, R. Romero)
SH - Lou Montanez (1), Jeff Fiorentino (1)
RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (101), Justin Turner 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis 2 (35), Justin Turner 2 (2)
SB - Brian Roberts (30, 2nd base off R. Romero/Barajas)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Andino-Aubrey, Andino-B. Roberts-Aubrey
Baltimore Orioles
Jeremy Guthrie 7.2944253 5.04
Alberto Castillo 0.1000010 2.25
Dennis Sarfate 2000120 5.09
Matt Albers (W,3-6) 1000020 5.51
HBP - Encarnacion (by Jeremy Guthrie)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 107-64, Alberto Castillo 4-3, Dennis Sarfate 23-14, Matt Albers 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-13, Dennis Sarfate 2-1, Matt Albers 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 34, Alberto Castillo 1, Dennis Sarfate 6, Matt Albers 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17969
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Mike Estabrook, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Bill Hohn