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TORONTO -- Brian Matusz was disappointed after losing his 11th straight decision.
The long-suffering Baltimore left-hander pitched better than in his first start, but simply wasn't good enough to win.
Matusz (0-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings and saw losing streak hit 11, the longest active run of defeats in the majors.
"It's so frustrating," Matusz said. "I know what went on last year, I know it was a horrible year and so far I'm off to a horrible start. It's building up and it's frustrating. I'm just flat-out not getting the job done."
Matusz, who walked four and struck out four, has not won since June 6, 2011, against Oakland. He was 1-9 in 12 starts last season.
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"His fastball command is still not quite where it needs to be," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He had some counts he couldn't quite put guys away."
Matusz was chased after giving up four runs in four innings in Monday's start against the Yankees. The former first round pick fell to 0-3 with a 13.09 ERA in four career starts against Toronto.
"I was really erratic out of the windup today, never found a rhythm," he said. "At times when I got ahead in the count, I didn't make a quality pitch to finish it."
That was the case in Toronto's seven-run sixth. Matusz got ahead 0-2 on Jose Bautista, who led off with a double, and again on Encarnacion, who drilled a two-run homer to left as Toronto took the lead for good.
"We had the momentum going and they jumped right back on top with a big inning," Matusz said. "Things like that can't happen. We're too good of a team to let that happen."
After winning the first two games of the series, it was a disappointing finale for the Orioles, who gave up more runs in one inning than they had allowed in any game so far this season.
"We needed this sweep," Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones said. "We wanted this sweep. It's still awesome winning a series here since we hadn't won one since `08. But you get two, you want the three. You want to stomp on their throats."
Yunel Escobar had three hits and drove in two runs and right-hander Kyle Drabek won his consecutive starts for the first time in his career as the Blue Jays avoided what would have been their first three-game sweep by Baltimore since April 2005.
"Drabek is nasty," Jones said. "He's got good stuff. He's was just pounding the strike zone."
Drabek (2-0) allowed one earned run and six hits in 7 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Encarnacion reached base four times, drove in two runs and scored twice. Lawrie had two hits and three RBI.
Baltimore took the lead in the second on Ronny Paulino's RBI groundout. Toronto tied it in the fourth when Lawrie hit his first homer of the season.
The Orioles reclaimed the lead in the sixth when Jones hit his third home run, a drive off the facing of the third deck in left.
"Crushed it," Jones said. "Point blank."
Toronto broke open the game in the bottom half, sending 13 batters to the plate. After Encarnacion's homer, Ben Francisco singled and Rajai Davis walked before Orioles manager Buck Showalter replaced Matusz with former Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg, who was booed as he took the mound.
Jeff Mathis greeted Gregg with an RBI single, Escobar followed with a two-run double and Kelly Johnson also doubled. Gregg walked Bautista and Escobar to load the bases for Lawrie, who drove in the seventh run of the inning when he was hit on the left shoulder.
"[Gregg] made some mistakes and paid the price for it," Showalter said.
Gregg finally ended the inning when Francisco, the seventh batter he faced, flied out.
Toronto added one more against Troy Patton in the eighth when Encarnacion hit a two-out double and scored on Lawrie's single.
|Brett Lawrie explodes for the Blue Jays with 3 RBI, including his solo home run in the fourth inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Endy Chavez, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.083|
|Nick Johnson, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.219|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.343|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||2||0||.214|
|Chris Davis, 1B||3||0||2||0||1||0||1||.346|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.538|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||3||2||.000|
|Robert Andino, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.303|
|2B - Wilson Betemit (3, Drabek), Chris Davis 2 (3, Drabek, Crawford)|
|HR - Adam Jones (3, Drabek)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (4), Ronny Paulino (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam Jones (1)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Davis-Andino, Andino-Davis, Andino-Flaherty-Davis|
|E - Wilson Betemit (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Brian Matusz (L,0-2)||5.2||7||5||5||4||4||2||8.38|
|HBP - Lawrie (by Kevin Gregg)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 106-67, Kevin Gregg 27-16, Troy Patton 40-25|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 4-7, Troy Patton 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 26, Kevin Gregg 7, Troy Patton 9|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||1||3||2||0||0||2||.227|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||1||1||1||0||3||2||.270|
|Jose Bautista, RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||1||.206|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||2||2||2||1||0||0||.289|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||2||3||0||0||2||.306|
|Ben Francisco, DH||3||1||2||0||1||0||3||.286|
|a- Omar Vizquel, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.188|
|Rajai Davis, LF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.154|
|Jeff Mathis, C||3||1||2||1||1||0||1||.500|
|a-grounded out for Francisco in the 8th|
|2B - Yunel Escobar (2, Gregg), Kelly Johnson (1, Gregg), Jose Bautista (1, Matusz), Edwin Encarnacion (4, Patton), Ben Francisco (1, Matusz), Jeff Mathis (2, Patton)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (3, Matusz), Brett Lawrie (1, Matusz)|
|RBI - Yunel Escobar 2 (5), Kelly Johnson (6), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (9), Brett Lawrie 3 (7), Jeff Mathis (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar 2 (3), Kelly Johnson (2), Brett Lawrie 2 (5), Jeff Mathis (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Drabek-Escobar-Encarnacion, Escobar-Johnson-Encarnacion, Johnson-Escobar-Encarnacion|
|E - Kyle Drabek (1, Missed catch of throw)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Kyle Drabek (W,2-0)||7.1||6||2||1||1||6||1||1.42|
|HBP - N. Johnson (by Luis Perez)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Drabek 103-63, Luis Perez 5-2, Evan Crawford 13-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 9-6, Luis Perez 1-0, Evan Crawford 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 28, Luis Perez 2, Evan Crawford 4|
|Attendance - 20252|
|Game Time - 2:39|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|