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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles dreaded this doubleheader ever since it became part of their schedule late last month.
Beating the same team twice on the same day is not an easy task, even if the opposition is a last-place club in the midst of a losing streak. And so, after Toronto earned a split with a 9-5 win Monday night, the Orioles shrugged their shoulders and looked ahead to another day of chasing the New York Yankees in the AL East.
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"Very hard to sweep a doubleheader in the major leagues," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "It wasn't from a lack of effort. That's why when you get a rainout, you try to play because you know the challenge ahead of you somewhere down the line. The Blue Jays have a lot of pride."
J.P. Arencibia broke open a tight game with a seventh-inning grand slam, leaving the Orioles 1 ½ games out of first place in the division.
In the opener, Adam Jones went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBI to lead Baltimore to a 4-1 victory. But the Orioles lost a half-game in the standings to the Yankees, who won 6-3 at Minnesota.
The doubleheader came into being after the teams endured a rainout on Aug. 26.
"You never want to play games like this late in the season," Baltimore right fielder Chris Davis said. "But at the same time, if you can win both of them, you help yourself out. Obviously we weren't able to do that."
The Orioles fell behind 4-0 in the nightcap and missed several bases-loaded chances to take the lead before Arencibia connected off Jake Arrieta to give Toronto a 9-4 cushion.
"I think anytime you strand guys on base you know it's a missed opportunity," Davis said.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run for the Blue Jays, who snapped a seven-game skid. Arencibia, who came into the game mired in a 2-for-36 slump, finished with three hits and five RBI.
Toronto long ago fell out of playoff contention, but the Jays were reminded how fun it is while performing before an enthusiastic crowd of 31,015.
"It's pretty impressive the atmosphere they have here," Arencibia said. "It's a lot of fun to play in that kind of atmosphere."
Ricky Romero (9-14) allowed four runs, eight hits, four walks and a homer in five-plus innings. But a strong performance by the Toronto bullpen enabled the left-hander to end a 13-game losing streak over 15 starts since June 22.
"Good for him and good for us," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "We needed a win and it's been a long time since Ricky's had a W."
Robert Andino singled in two runs in the bottom half, but Baltimore left the bases loaded. Nate McLouth hit an opposite-field drive to left in the fifth to get Baltimore to 4-3, but the Orioles again left the bases full.
After Moises Sierra homered for Toronto in the sixth, the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in their half, bringing many in the crowd to their feet. Brad Lincoln replaced Romero and gave up a first-pitch RBI single to J.J. Hardy before striking out Jones. Davis followed with a fly ball to Gose in left field, and Taylor Teagarden was thrown out at the plate after tagging up.
Baltimore also loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but scored only once on a double-play grounder.
In the first game, Orioles rookie Steve Johnson (4-0) allowed three hits over five shutout innings to lower his ERA to 1.62. Half his big league wins have come against Toronto.
Although the Blue Jays got two runners on base in three of the first four innings, Johnson worked out of trouble on each occasion.
Jim Johnson, the fifth Baltimore pitcher, worked the ninth for his major league-best 48th save in 51 opportunities.
Jones' four hits tied a career high. Now in his seventh season, Jones has already set career highs with 32 homers and 101 runs, and the All-Star center fielder needs only three RBI to eclipse his previous high of 83, set last year.
Jones added a single and a double in the nightcap and has hit safely in 19 of 23 games in September, with six home runs and 13 RBI.
"Adam relishes competition," Showalter said. "He's obviously had a heck of a year. He's turning into quite a player."
Henderson Alvarez (9-14) gave up four runs, eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He is 2-7 in his last 10 starts.
In the fourth, Davis walked and Jones followed with a drive to left to put Baltimore up 2-0. Ryan Flaherty hit a solo shot in the fifth, and Jones singled in the sixth and came home on a double-play grounder.
|J.P. Arencibia's grand slam breaks open the game and sends the Blue Jays to victory, splitting their doubleheader vs. the O's. (US Presswire)|
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|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||3||4||.272|
|Rajai Davis, LF||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.244|
|a- Colby Rasmus, PH-CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.225|
|Edwin Encarnacion, DH||4||1||2||2||1||0||2||.282|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||1||.253|
|Yan Gomes, 1B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|b- Adam Lind, PH-1B||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||.240|
|Moises Sierra, RF||5||3||2||1||0||2||4||.242|
|Omar Vizquel, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||0||4||.240|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||3||1||3||5||0||0||0||.230|
|Anthony Gose, CF-LF||3||0||1||1||0||2||2||.216|
|a-struck out for Davis in the 6th|
|b-singled for Gomes in the 7th|
|2B - Omar Vizquel (5, Chen)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (41, Chen), Moises Sierra (6, Chen), J.P. Arencibia (17, Arrieta)|
|SF - J.P. Arencibia (3)|
|SH - Anthony Gose (3)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (105), Moises Sierra (14), J.P. Arencibia 5 (55), Anthony Gose (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - J.P. Arencibia 4 (19)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Anthony Gose 1|
|DP - Vizquel-Gomes, Escobar-Vizquel-Gomes, Gose-Arencibia, Escobar-Vizquel-Lind|
|E - Brett Lawrie (14, Misplayed grounder), Ricky Romero (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Ricky Romero (W,9-14)||5||8||4||4||4||3||1||5.76|
|Brad Lincoln (H,8)||2||1||0||0||0||3||0||3.80|
|HBP - McLouth (by Ricky Romero)|
|WP - Ricky Romero (8)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 102-54, Brad Lincoln 17-13, Aaron Loup 16-8, Casey Janssen 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 9-3, Aaron Loup 1-2, Casey Janssen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 28, Brad Lincoln 6, Aaron Loup 3, Casey Janssen 5|
|Nate McLouth, LF||2||1||1||1||2||0||0||.243|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.234|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.292|
|Chris Davis, DH||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.265|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.228|
|Manny Machado, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||1||1||.262|
|Endy Chavez, RF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.204|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.214|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.148|
|2B - Adam Jones (38, R. Romero), Robert Andino (13, R. Romero)|
|HR - Nate McLouth (5, R. Romero)|
|SH - Endy Chavez (4)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (18), J.J. Hardy (67), Robert Andino 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Robert Andino 2 (18)|
|SB - Robert Andino (5, 2nd base off R. Romero/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Wei-Yin Chen (L,12-10)||5||9||5||5||1||3||2||4.11|
|HBP - Gomes (by Wei-Yin Chen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 82-54, Jake Arrieta 38-25, Pedro Strop 21-15, Zach Phillips 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 5-7, Jake Arrieta 1-1, Pedro Strop 1-1, Zach Phillips 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 26, Jake Arrieta 10, Pedro Strop 4, Zach Phillips 3|
|Attendance - 31015|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|