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Jose Bautista hit his major-league-leading 28th home run, Aaron Hill and Adam Lind also connected and the Blue Jays beat Baltimore 9-5 on Monday night for their 10th consecutive victory against the Orioles.
"It's nice to be able to beat somebody every time you play them," Bautista said.
The Blue Jays wore retro uniforms, played 1980s music and displayed old-style graphics on the scoreboard. Toronto's TV announcers wore vintage clothing and fans were encouraged to do the same. Several Blue Jays, including right-hander Jesse Litsch, wore rock-star style wigs.
For the struggling Orioles, it probably felt like several decades since they last beat the Blue Jays. Even Bautista acknowledged feeling sorry for baseball's worst team -- just not when they're the opposition.
"When they're not playing against you, you feel bad," Bautista said. "But if you're playing them, you've obviously got to think about your team. We're trying to win every game, so I didn't feel bad for them today."
The 10-game winning streak is Toronto's longest against Baltimore since a 13-game run from April 11, 1999-May 10, 2000.
The Orioles have not beaten the Blue Jays since sweeping a three-game series in Baltimore on the final weekend of the 2009 season, winning 5-4 in 11 innings to end the year.
Hill hit a two-run homer in the fourth, and the Blue Jays smacked two more in the fifth. Bautista hit a three-run shot and Lind added a solo blast. Toronto leads baseball with 152 home runs this season, including a league-high 37 in July. The Blue Jays also lead the majors with 82 home runs in home games.
All three home runs came off Brad Bergesen (3-9), who has lost seven consecutive decisions and has not won since May 12 against Seattle. The right-hander allowed eight runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings, raising his ERA to 6.95, walked one and struck out one.
"There's not really a whole lot to say," Bergesen said. "They got to me today."
Baltimore starters have pitched only 55 innings in 11 games since the All-Star break, while relievers have worked 47. The Orioles are 2-9 in that span.
"We just can't continue to do this or we're going to kill those guys down in the bullpen," manager Juan Samuel said.
Brandon Morrow (7-6) pitched six innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He allowed two runs and five hits, walked four and struck out six, improving to 6-1 in nine home starts.
Morrow had not pitched since July 17 at Baltimore because the Blue Jays are taking a cautious approach with the right-hander, who's in his first full season as a starter.
"I felt good," Morrow said. "Eight or nine days off helps anybody."
Hill got the Blue Jays started with an RBI single in the second, and Toronto added three more in the third on Lind's RBI double and Hill's homer to center.
Bautista and Lind made it 8-0 with their fifth-inning drives before the Orioles broke through.
Wieters, who came off the disabled list Sunday, hit a two-run blast into the second deck in right off Morrow in the sixth and a solo blast to left off Casey Janssen in the eighth. He has eight home runs this season.
Samuel was especially pleased to see the switch-hitting Wieters homer to both fields.
"It's nice to see Matt show what he's capable of doing when he's right and when he's got balance at the plate," Samuel said.
Scott, selected AL Player of the Week after hitting four home runs last week, hit a two-run shot to right off Janssen in the seventh, his 17th of the year and his fifth home run in 30 at-bats.
|Toronto's Jose Bautista celebrates after hitting his league-leading 28th home run in the fifth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||0||0||.185|
|Miguel Tejada, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.269|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.294|
|Luke Scott, DH||4||2||1||2||1||0||2||.295|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||1||0||0||3||1||.271|
|Felix Pie, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.269|
|Matt Wieters, C||2||2||2||3||2||0||0||.251|
|Jake Fox, 1B||4||0||2||0||0||2||4||.229|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|2B - Brian Roberts (2, Morrow), Adam Jones (13, Morrow), Jake Fox (8, Morrow)|
|HR - Luke Scott (17, Janssen), Matt Wieters 2 (8, Morrow, Janssen)|
|RBI - Luke Scott 2 (40), Matt Wieters 3 (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Luke Scott 2 (11), Matt Wieters 2 (14)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Adam Jones 2|
|DP - Fox-Izturis-Bergesen|
|E - Cesar Izturis (5, Misplayed grounder)|
|Brad Bergesen (L,3-9)||5||10||8||8||1||1||3||6.95|
|HBP - Molina (by Matt Albers)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brad Bergesen 78-50, Matt Albers 45-27|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Bergesen 6-8, Matt Albers 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Brad Bergesen 26, Matt Albers 12|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Fred Lewis, LF||4||1||1||1||1||0||1||.279|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||1||1||0||0||2||3||.253|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||2||2||3||0||0||2||.245|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.271|
|Adam Lind, DH||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.222|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||4||1||2||3||0||0||0||.202|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.248|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.249|
|Mike McCoy, PR-3B||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Jose Molina, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.276|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (14, Bergesen), Jose Bautista (22, Bergesen), Vernon Wells (29, Bergesen), Adam Lind (15, Bergesen)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (28, Bergesen), Adam Lind (14, Bergesen), Aaron Hill (14, Bergesen)|
|RBI - Fred Lewis (29), Jose Bautista 3 (70), Adam Lind 2 (46), Aaron Hill 3 (37)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Jose Bautista 1|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brandon Morrow (W,7-6)||6||5||2||2||4||6||1||4.62|
|David Purcey (S,1)||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.74|
|HBP - Markakis (by Casey Janssen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 99-58, Casey Janssen 38-26, David Purcey 11-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 7-5, Casey Janssen 2-0, David Purcey 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 27, Casey Janssen 10, David Purcey 4|
|Attendance - 17422|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 77|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Bob Davidson|