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BALTIMORE -- Henderson Alvarez walked off the field after eight sparkling innings, and Toronto acting manager Don Wakamatsu offered the right-hander the best compliment the rookie could hear.
Wakamatsu compared the 21-year-old to 2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, who comes from the same city in Venezuela as Alvarez.
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Alvarez became the youngest Blue Jays starter to win a game since 1979, Jose Bautista led a four-homer attack with his 39th of the season, and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-0 on Wednesday night.
Alvarez (1-2) faced the minimum 21 batters through the first seven innings. Ryan Adams lined a clean single to center in the third and was immediately wiped out by a double play. Matt Angle reached on an error in the seventh before Jake Fox bounced into a double play.
Alvarez struck out five and walked none. He recorded only two outs on fly balls.
"I know Felix is his idol," Wakamatsu said. "He came off the field and I sat next to him and said, 'You remind me of Felix right there."'
At 21 years and 135 days, Alvarez is the youngest Toronto pitcher to earn a victory since Kelvim Escobar in 1997 and the youngest starter to win since Phil Huffman did it 32 years ago.
"I am very happy to get my first win in the big leagues," Alvarez said through an interpreter. "I was eager for the first one. It took me four starts, but finally I got it."
Alvarez spoke with Hernandez when the Jays were in Seattle earlier this month.
"I feel very happy that he made that comparison to him," Alvarez said of Wakamatsu. "I wanted to do the same things he does -- go after the hitters and keep the ball down. Do the things that [Hernandez] told me when we met."
Kelly Johnson and Jose Molina homered in a six-run third inning against former Toronto pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes (7-11). Edwin Encarnacion connected in a four-run fourth, and Bautista hit a two-run drive in the sixth.
The Blue Jays finished with 20 hits, tying a season high. Encarnacion went 4 for 5 with a homer and two doubles, and Yunel Escobar and Eric Thames also had four hits apiece. Bautista and Johnson each contributed three RBI.
Wakamatsu ran the team in place of manager John Farrell, who missed a sixth consecutive game while recovering from pneumonia. Farrell will not join the Jays for a three-game series in New York that begins Friday, the team announced.
Toronto used doubles by Encarnacion and rookie Brett Lawrie to go up 1-0 in the second. That only served as a precursor for the offensive fireworks to follow.
In the third, Thames doubled in a run and scored on a single by Adam Lind. After Encarnacion singled, Johnson hit his first home run since being traded to Toronto from Arizona on Aug. 23. Molina capped the uprising with a solo shot.
That ended Reyes' night. He allowed seven runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings, matching his shortest start of the year.
"The way I left the ball up today, no matter what team was out there I was going to get hit hard," said Reyes, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Aug. 2. "Anytime you leave the ball up in this league you're going to get hit, and today showed it."
Toronto made it 11-0 in the fourth. After Thames doubled in a run and Bautista hit a run-scoring grounder, Encarnacion hit a home run off Brad Bergesen.
Bautista went deep against Troy Patton in the sixth.
Baltimore rookie Zach Phillips made his major league debut in the eighth and worked out of a bases-loaded jam.
|Henderson Alvarez faces the minimum 21 batters through his first seven innings of work against Baltimore. (Getty Images)|
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|Yunel Escobar, SS||6||2||4||0||0||1||1||.288|
|Eric Thames, LF||5||3||4||1||1||0||1||.281|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||1||1||3||0||0||2||.311|
|a- Dewayne Wise, PH-RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.221|
|Adam Lind, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||0||1||.258|
|b- Mark Teahen, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.181|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||5||3||4||2||0||1||0||.279|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||1||2||3||0||1||3||.215|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||1||1||.326|
|Jose Molina, C||5||1||1||1||0||0||4||.292|
|Mike McCoy, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||1||.206|
|a-singled for J. Bautista in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Lind in the 8th|
|2B - Eric Thames 2 (20, Reyes, Bergesen), Adam Lind (13, Bergesen), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (33, Reyes, Phillips), Brett Lawrie (5, Reyes)|
|HR - Jose Bautista (39, Patton), Edwin Encarnacion (15, Bergesen), Kelly Johnson (19, Reyes), Jose Molina (3, Reyes)|
|RBI - Eric Thames (29), Jose Bautista 3 (88), Adam Lind 2 (77), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (44), Kelly Johnson 3 (52), Brett Lawrie (18), Jose Molina (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jose Molina (9)|
|SB - Eric Thames (2, 2nd base off Reyes/Tatum)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Escobar-Johnson-Lind, Lawrie-Johnson-Lind|
|E - Yunel Escobar (13, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Henderson Alvarez (W,1-2)||8||3||0||0||0||5||0||3.52|
|Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 97-64, Rommie Lewis 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 16-2, Rommie Lewis 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 26, Rommie Lewis 4|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|a- Matt Angle, PH-LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Nick Markakis, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.283|
|b- Jake Fox, PH-1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.214|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Vladimir Guerrero, DH||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B-3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.225|
|Robert Andino, 3B-SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Nolan Reimold, LF-RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.236|
|Ryan Adams, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.288|
|Craig Tatum, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.224|
|a-grounded out for Hardy in the 7th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Markakis in the 7th|
|2B - Matt Angle (2, R. Lewis)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|DP - Adams-Hardy-Reynolds|
|E - Mark Reynolds (24, Throwing)|
|Jo-Jo Reyes (L,7-11)||2.2||8||7||7||1||2||2||5.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 55-37, Brad Bergesen 35-21, Troy Patton 34-27, Zach Phillips 17-10, Chris Jakubauskas 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 3-3, Brad Bergesen 4-1, Troy Patton 1-3, Zach Phillips 1-1, Chris Jakubauskas 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 17, Brad Bergesen 11, Troy Patton 10, Zach Phillips 6, Chris Jakubauskas 5|
|Attendance - 14211|
|Game Time - 2:26|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|