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Once the game reached the eighth inning, Toronto's chances of completing the comeback were all but gone.
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Manny Machado had two hits and two RBI, and Baltimore squeezed out a 4-3 victory Tuesday night with significant help from its trusty bullpen.
It was the 100th consecutive game the Orioles have won when leading after seven innings, a streak that began in August 2011.
"Obviously, it means that guys are throwing the ball well in the bullpen, getting put in good opportunities and doing what they're supposed to do," said closer Jim Johnson, who worked the ninth to earn his eighth save in eight tries.
"Our bullpen hasn't failed us yet, knock on wood," Machado said. "They do a good job in holding the lead. Once the ninth inning comes, Jimmy comes out, and you know it's lights out because you know he's going to shut the door for us."
Miguel Gonzalez (2-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Orioles, who have won nine of 13. By taking the first two games of the three-game set, Baltimore improved to 5-2 in seven series this season -- including 4-1 against the AL East.
"We know who we have to beat," Johnson said.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer for the last-place Blue Jays, who have dropped six of eight. Dickey yielded four runs in the second inning, and Toronto never got out of the hole.
"We had some chances late. We just couldn't get that big hit," manager John Gibbons said. "Dickey battled all night long. You wish you could take away that one inning, but you can't in this business."
Dickey (2-3) gave up four runs, six hits and five walks in six innings. The knuckleballer, who left his previous start with neck and back pain, did not appear to be in discomfort on the mound. But he sure looked uncomfortable during the four-run second.
"I'm definitely not 100 percent," Dickey said. "I'm giving everything I can possibly give but it feels like going to battle with a three-shooter instead of a six-shooter. You just don't have what you normally have. You feel like what you have is good enough to keep your team in it. But it's frustrating because you want to give more."
Dickey was outdone by Gonzalez, who allowed five hits and three walks. The Orioles right-hander blanked Toronto on three hits through five innings before staggering through the sixth.
Baltimore did all its scoring while batting around in the second. Adam Jones led off with a single, Chris Davis singled and Matt Wieters punched an opposite-field RBI single to left. After Nolan Reimold added a sacrifice fly, the Orioles loaded the bases with two outs for Machado, who singled in two runs.
"That second inning was a very quirky inning," Dickey said. "Not a lot of hard contact."
Toronto put runners at first and third with one out in the third before Munenori Kawasaki bounced into a double play. Baltimore also turned a double play in the fourth.
Gonzalez was cruising until the sixth, when he got the first two outs before walking Adam Lind and Jose Bautista. That brought a visit to the mound by pitching coach Rick Adair, and Encarnacion drove Gonzalez's next pitch over the left-field wall. Cabrera followed with a triple, but Gonzalez escaped further damage by getting Brett Lawrie to hit a fly ball.
|The Orioles defeat the Blue Jays to win their 100th consecutive game when leading after seven innings. (USATSI)|
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|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.207|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH-2B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.148|
|Adam Lind, DH||2||1||1||0||1||0||0||.244|
|b- Rajai Davis, PH-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Jose Bautista, RF||3||1||0||0||1||0||2||.189|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||2||1||1||3||2||0||0||.208|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.265|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.138|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||4||0||1||0||0||3||0||.250|
|Maicer Izturis, 2B-SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.164|
|Emilio Bonifacio, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.185|
|Henry Blanco, C||2||0||1||0||0||1||0||.167|
|c- J.P. Arencibia, PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.247|
|a-walked for Kawasaki in the 8th|
|b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Lind in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Blanco in the 7th|
|2B - Colby Rasmus (5, M. Gonzalez)|
|3B - Melky Cabrera (2, M. Gonzalez)|
|HR - Edwin Encarnacion (3, M. Gonzalez)|
|SH - Rajai Davis (1)|
|RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 3 (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 3 (7)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Lawrie-Izturis-Encarnacion|
|PB - Henry Blanco (3)|
|E - Brett Lawrie (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|R.A. Dickey (L,2-3)||6||6||4||4||5||4||0||4.66|
|WP - R.A. Dickey (3), Brett Cecil (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 118-70, Brett Cecil 15-7, Esmil Rogers 8-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 2-10, Brett Cecil 2-1|
|Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Brett Cecil 5, Esmil Rogers 2|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.273|
|Manny Machado, 3B||3||0||2||2||1||1||0||.268|
|Nick Markakis, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.305|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.354|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||1||2||.382|
|Matt Wieters, C||3||1||1||1||1||1||0||.215|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.178|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||.083|
|Nolan Reimold, DH||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.208|
|2B - Manny Machado (6, Dickey)|
|SF - Nolan Reimold (1)|
|RBI - Manny Machado 2 (13), Matt Wieters (9), Nolan Reimold (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado 2 (10)|
|PK - Nate McLouth (1, Dickey)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Hardy-Flaherty-Davis, Hardy-Flaherty-Davis|
|Miguel Gonzalez (W,2-1)||6||5||3||3||3||4||1||4.13|
|Brian Matusz (H,3)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||1.17|
|Pedro Strop (H,2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||8.22|
|Jim Johnson (S,8)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 93-58, Brian Matusz 20-13, Pedro Strop 13-6, Jim Johnson 13-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 7-5, Brian Matusz 1-0, Pedro Strop 2-0, Jim Johnson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 24, Brian Matusz 4, Pedro Strop 4, Jim Johnson 4|
|Attendance - 13272|
|Game Time - 2:29|
|Temperature - 58|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Ted Barrett|