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Toronto (57-55) «0220000105112
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Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

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BALTIMORE -- .Brett Lawrie was a mess. After receiving a Gatorade bath, he took a shaving cream pie to the face.

Before all that, Lawrie got two singles and an RBI in his major league debut to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.

Lawrie hit a run-scoring single in his first at-bat and singled in the eighth inning, missing a chance for a second RBI when Colby Rasmus was thrown out at the plate.

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Obtained last winter in a trade with Milwaukee, the 21-year-old Lawrie is the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays. He made an error at third base in the second inning, but it was inconsequential.

What mattered was his first major league hit, which sparked a two-run second inning that enabled Toronto to wipe out an early deficit. The ball was nestled in Lawrie's locker, but he wasn't so sure because he could barely see and his ears were stuffed with foam.

"It might be somewhere," he said. "It might be. I'm still getting stuff out of my ears."

With his mother, father and sister in the stands, Lawrie put on a memorable performance.

"I'm glad I got the first one out of the way," he said.

Toronto manager John Farrell was ejected in the seventh for arguing too strongly that Baltimore's Robert Andino was running in the baseline on a grounder that resulted in a throwing error by Toronto pitcher Luis Perez. Replays appeared to support Farrell's assertion.

Although Farrell was forced to watch Lawrie's second hit on TV, the manager could appreciate the manner in which the rookie handled himself.

"If there weren't nerves tonight, he wouldn't be human," Farrell said. "I'm sure there was some anxiety, some emotion running high. What was most impressive was how he approached each and every at-bat."

Brad Mills (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings to earn his second big league win. The first was on June 28, 2010, against Baltimore.

Jon Rauch gave up a two-out RBI double to Nick Markakis in the ninth but retired Adam Jones on a popup for his 11th save in 16 tries.

Despite getting a homer from Jones, the Orioles lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Baltimore is 3-7 against Toronto this season and 6-22 versus the Jays since the start of the 2010 season.

Making his first start for Baltimore since being acquired Saturday in a trade with Texas, right-hander Tommy Hunter (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings. He yielded at least one hit in every inning and was lifted after using 78 pitches to get 12 outs.

"I didn't get ahead, I didn't finish when I got ahead and when I got behind, I gave up hits," Hunter said. "There's really no excuses for it. When they go out and give you two early runs like that, you've got to go out and get a couple goose eggs up there, and I didn't do that tonight."

The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first when Markakis beat out a grounder and Jones drove a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left. It was his 19th home run, tying a career-high.

Toronto pulled even in the second. Singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Aaron Hill preceded Lawrie's RBI single, a liner up the middle. Yunel Escobar doubled in a run before Hunter retired Eric Thames on a hard-hit comebacker.

The hits kept coming in the Blue Jays third. Jose Bautista singled and Encarnacion was hit by a pitch before Rasmus delivered an RBI single and Hill followed with a run-scoring grounder.

Mills was cruising until the sixth, when he issued two straight one-out walks. The runners moved up on a passed ball, and a run scored when Lawrie couldn't handle Matt Wieters' hot smash to third. The single chased Mills, and Perez retired Nolan Reimold and Josh Bell to keep it at 4-3.

Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth before the Orioles cut down two straight runners at the plate.

Notes

The Orioles are expected to place RHP Jake Arrieta [elbow] on the 15-day DL on Saturday so they can recall RHP Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start against Toronto. Tillman (2-4) was in the Baltimore clubhouse on Friday. ... Toronto will start RHP Brandon Morrow, who has allowed no more than three earned runs in 13 of his 19 starts, on Saturday. ... The Orioles will give away Brian Matusz bobbleheads on Saturday. Matusz was optioned to Norfolk on June 30 and remains there, trying to regain the velocity on his fastball after missing the first two months of the season with a ribcage injury. ... Baltimore 1B Chris Davis was a late scratch with a sore right shoulder.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Hill
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Baltimore

A. Jones
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS5021000 .305
Eric Thames, LF5010003 .270
Jose Bautista, RF5110012 .319
Adam Lind, 1B4110002 .276
Edwin Encarnacion, DH2210100 .270
Colby Rasmus, CF4021001 .242
    Rajai Davis, CF0000000 .242
Aaron Hill, 2B3112000 .232
J.P. Arencibia, C4000013 .216
Brett Lawrie, 3B4021012 .500
Totals36511513  
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (19, Hunter)
SF - Aaron Hill (5)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (41), Colby Rasmus (44), Aaron Hill 2 (40), Brett Lawrie (1)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (14), Brett Lawrie (1)
SB - Aaron Hill (14, 2nd base off Hunter/Wieters)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Hill
PB - J.P. Arencibia (10)
E - Brett Lawrie (1, Misplayed grounder), Luis Perez (1, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Mills (W,1-1) 5.1433451 3.65
Luis Perez (H,4) 1100010 3.47
Jesse Litsch (H,1) 0.2000010 4.38
Frank Francisco (H,2) 1000020 4.41
Jon Rauch (S,11) 1211000 4.53
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Mills 93-53, Luis Perez 17-12, Jesse Litsch 7-5, Frank Francisco 11-8, Jon Rauch 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Mills 4-7, Luis Perez 3-0, Jon Rauch 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Mills 24, Luis Perez 5, Jesse Litsch 2, Frank Francisco 3, Jon Rauch 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robert Andino, SS4110100 .271
Nick Markakis, RF4121112 .286
Adam Jones, CF5112025 .293
Vladimir Guerrero, DH3100104 .283
Mark Reynolds, 1B3010120 .220
Matt Wieters, C4011011 .255
Nolan Reimold, LF4000012 .217
Josh Bell, 3B4000014 .133
Cesar Izturis, 2B3010011 .207
   a- Felix Pie, PH1000000 .219
Totals3547449  
a-flied out for Izturis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (19, Rauch)
HR - Adam Jones (19, Mills)
RBI - Nick Markakis (46), Adam Jones 2 (65), Matt Wieters (39)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (21)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nolan Reimold 1
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hunter (L,1-2) 4844010 4.43
Troy Patton 3211110 3.86
Chris Jakubauskas 2100010 5.87
HBP - Encarnacion (by Tommy Hunter)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 79-48, Troy Patton 40-26, Chris Jakubauskas 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 6-5, Troy Patton 2-6, Chris Jakubauskas 3-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 21, Troy Patton 12, Chris Jakubauskas 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18770
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Brian Knight, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Lance Barrett