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O's destroy Jays to stay close in AL East

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BALTIMORE -- After losing two straight games to Toronto, the Baltimore Orioles broke out the big bats.

The Orioles tied a team record by with seven home runs to rout the Blue Jays 12-2 and stay within 1½ games of the AL East lead.

Chris Davis and Manny Machado each connected twice and the Orioles remained close to the division-leading New York Yankees, who won 8-2 in Minnesota.

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Nate McLouth hit a leadoff shot in the first inning and Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds also homered. Baltimore has hit seven home runs three times, most recently on Aug. 26, 1985.

"Home runs are very unique, and when you do what we did tonight, it's something to be proud of. It's something that doesn't happen a whole lot in the game," Thome said.

Thome's home run was the 612th of his career and the first he's hit at home for the Orioles.

"Up and down the lineup, everyone swung the bat well. It's been fun," Thome said.

Davis finished with a career-high five RBIs to help the Orioles split a four-game series with the last-place Blue Jays.

"This was a tough series. It was one of those ones that you don't want to see at the end of the season coming in off a long road trip," Davis said.

"I think if you'd have told us a few months ago that we'd be a game-and-a-half out with six games left, I think you'd be pretty happy with that."

Beginning Friday, the Orioles have three games with Boston at home and three at Tampa Bay.

"We just got through playing Boston and we played them well. Obviously, the three in Tampa are going to be tough, but we're at a point where we still have a chance, so that's all you can ask for," Davis said.

The Orioles trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth before hitting three home runs.

Thome led off with his third homer since joining the Orioles. With two outs, Machado hit his fifth of the year for a 3-2 Baltimore lead. All of Machado's home runs have come at home, and his drive was the Orioles' 200th homer of the year.

Davis' three-run drive gave the Orioles a five-run inning and finished Carlos Villanueva (7-7).

Villanueva equaled a career high by giving up four home runs.

"Those mistakes I made, they hit them with authority. They put the power stroke on them and made me pay for them," Villanueva said.

Machado and Thome are the first AL teammates to hit home runs in the same inning with an age difference of more than 20 years, according to home run historian David Vincent.

Thome is 42 and Machado is 20 -- Thome's major league career began 10 months before Machado was born.

"That's crazy," Machado said. "It's a pretty good stat. I remember when I used to watch [Thome] play when I was a little kid. Now to hit a home run in the same inning he did, just feels great."

Davis hit his second home run in the seventh. On Aug. 24, he hit three home runs against the Blue Jays, also in a game started by Villanueva. He has 28 home runs.

Reynolds hit his 23rd homer in the sixth and Machado added a two-run shot in the eighth.

Miguel Gonzalez (8-4) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He allowed Edwin Encarnacion's 42nd home run with two outs in the top of the first.

With one out in the fifth, J.P. Arencibia, who went 7 for 9 in the four-game series, doubled and scored on Anthony Gose's single.

Notes

  • Orioles LHP Randy Wolf was put on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ligament in his left elbow. Baltimore purchased the contract of INF-OF Bill Hall from Triple-A Norfolk. Hall will provide outfield help while Lew Ford is out with a groin injury.
  • Deion Sanders, in town for Thursday's NFL Network game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens, took batting practice with the Orioles before the game. Sanders, who played nine years in the majors, was an outfielder for Baltimore manager Buck Showalter in the minors while in the Yankees' organization.
  • The Orioles are off Thursday and begin a three-game series with Boston on Friday. Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.08 ERA) faces Red Sox RHP Aaron Cook (4-10, 5.13).
  • On Thursday, Toronto hosts New York to begin a four-game series. Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (8-7, 3.28) faces Yankees RHP Ivan Nova (12-7, 4.94).
 
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The O's bounce back against the Blue Jays and remain within 1 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Yankees. (Getty Images)
The O's bounce back against the Blue Jays and remain within 1 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Yankees. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Toronto

E. Encarnacion
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B4000012 .269
Colby Rasmus, CF3000012 .223
   a- Mike McCoy, PH-LF1000000 .173
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4111000 .282
Yunel Escobar, SS3000000 .254
   b- Adeiny Hechavarria, PH1010000 .259
Adam Lind, 1B4030000 .247
Rajai Davis, RF3000002 .245
   c- Moises Sierra, PH1000001 .240
Omar Vizquel, 2B3000000 .235
J.P. Arencibia, C2110100 .235
Anthony Gose, LF-CF3011010 .221
Totals3227213  
a-grounded out for Rasmus in the 8th
b-singled for Escobar in the 9th
c-grounded into a double play for Davis in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.P. Arencibia (16, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (42, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (107), Anthony Gose (9)
2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion (35)
CS - Rajai Davis (13, 2nd base by M. Gonzalez/Wieters)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Lind, Vizquel-Escobar-Lind
E - Brett Lawrie 2 (16, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Villanueva (L,7-7) 4.2766174 4.16
Brandon Lyon 0.1000010 3.26
Joel Carreno 1222111 6.00
Chad Beck 1222011 6.75
David Carpenter 1121021 8.07
WP - Carlos Villanueva (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 86-55, Brandon Lyon 5-3, Joel Carreno 28-18, Chad Beck 19-14, David Carpenter 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 2-4, Chad Beck 2-0, David Carpenter 2-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 21, Brandon Lyon 1, Joel Carreno 6, Chad Beck 5, David Carpenter 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4221001 .243
   a- L.J. Hoes, PH-LF1000000 .000
J.J. Hardy, SS3220100 .238
   b- Omar Quintanilla, PH-SS1000010 .243
Chris Davis, RF4225011 .267
    Endy Chavez, RF0000000 .204
Adam Jones, CF4010030 .292
    Xavier Avery, CF0000000 .223
Matt Wieters, C3100121 .252
Jim Thome, DH4111022 .248
Mark Reynolds, 1B4212000 .227
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3010010 .225
    Robert Andino, 2B1000011 .213
Manny Machado, 3B4223011 .264
Totals36121212212  
a-grounded out for McLouth in the 8th
b-struck out for Hardy in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adam Jones (39, Villanueva)
HR - Nate McLouth (6, Villanueva), Chris Davis 2 (28, Villanueva, Beck), Jim Thome (8, Villanueva), Mark Reynolds (23, Carreno), Manny Machado 2 (6, Villanueva, Carpenter)
RBI - Nate McLouth (19), Chris Davis 5 (77), Jim Thome (23), Mark Reynolds 2 (69), Manny Machado 3 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Davis 3 (27), Manny Machado (5)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Andino-Reynolds
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (W,8-4) 7522111 3.45
Brian Matusz 1000020 4.93
Tommy Hunter 1200000 5.54
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 96-70, Brian Matusz 13-10, Tommy Hunter 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 10-9, Brian Matusz 1-0, Tommy Hunter 1-1
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 26, Brian Matusz 3, Tommy Hunter 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26513
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez