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BALTIMORE -- The Toronto Blue Jays bashed four home runs, then scored the decisive run without taking a swing.
Jim Johnson walked Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 6-5 Wednesday to avert a three-game sweep and end Baltimore's run of consecutive extra-inning victories at 17.
"It would have been a tough game to lose. It was a big game to win," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, who was ejected in the ninth inning after his team blew a 5-2 lead in the seventh.
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"I just had a hard time throwing a strike," Johnson said. "Kind of lost feel, and obviously that's a terrible way to lose a game."
Izturis said: "I just tried to look for a pitch and drive it up the middle. But he threw high fastballs, so on 2-0 I tried to be patient and make him throw strikes."
That didn't happen, and the last-place Blue Jays got out of town with a much-needed win.
"When you are struggling as a team and you have a lead and it evaporates, it's hard," Gibbons said. "We haven't played great baseball, but we haven't been swept."
One night earlier, the Orioles won their 100th consecutive game when leading after the seventh inning. In this one, their streak of extra-inning wins -- 16 of which came last year -- came crashing to a halt. It was the longest run since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 21 straight in 1959-60.
"It's not something I dwell on," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I know our guys don't. But I understand how it's noteworthy."
Nate McLouth had two hits, walked twice and scored three runs for the Orioles, who went 6-3 on a homestand against Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.
"When you can win any series, especially in your division, that's big. So we'll take it," Johnson said. "This is not going to dampen our spirits."
The Blue Jays hit all four homers off Josh Stinson, who was called up from the minors earlier in the day to make his Baltimore debut. Stinson gave up only five hits in 5 2/3 innings, but those included a two-run drive by Arencibia and solo shots by Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Davis.
In his previous 20 big league games, with the Mets in 2011 and Milwaukee last year, Stinson allowed only two homers in 22 1/3 innings.
He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game.
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow took a two-hitter and a 5-2 lead into the seventh, but the right-hander failed in his bid to earn his first win of the season.
Morrow gave up three earned runs and three hits -- all of them doubles -- in 6 1/3 innings.
Gibbons didn't go the distance, either. He received his first ejection of the year after resuming an argument started by Lawrie over a called third strike.
"Basically, I was going out there to keep him from being thrown out," the manager said.
The Orioles got a first-inning run when McLouth hit a leadoff double and scored on a two-out double by Adam Jones, who improved to 12 for 29 (.414) with 10 RBI against Morrow.
Stinson retired the first four batters he faced before walking Melky Cabrera. Arencibia followed with a shot to center for his fifth home run in the last 10 games.
Davis made it 3-1 in the third with his first homer in 42 at-bats this season. The Orioles got an unearned run in the bottom half after a throwing error by Lawrie from third base.
Encarnacion hit his second homer in two games in the fourth, and Bautista connected in the sixth to make it 5-2.
|J.P. Arencibia gets kudos after his two-run homer to help snap the O's extra-inning win streak at 17. (Getty Images)|
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|Rajai Davis, LF||6||1||1||1||0||1||5||.261|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B-CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||1||.169|
|Jose Bautista, RF||5||1||1||1||0||0||1||.190|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||.210|
|Melky Cabrera, DH||4||1||0||0||1||0||1||.253|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||5||2||3||2||0||1||0||.268|
|Colby Rasmus, CF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.239|
|a- Mark DeRosa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.125|
|Maicer Izturis, SS-2B||4||0||1||1||1||0||0||.169|
|a-lined out for Rasmus in the 9th|
|2B - J.P. Arencibia (6, Stinson)|
|HR - Rajai Davis (1, Stinson), Jose Bautista (5, Stinson), Edwin Encarnacion (4, Stinson), J.P. Arencibia (8, Stinson)|
|RBI - Rajai Davis (3), Jose Bautista (9), Edwin Encarnacion (12), J.P. Arencibia 2 (15), Maicer Izturis (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Maicer Izturis (1)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Outfield Assists - Rajai Davis 1|
|E - Jose Bautista (1, Dropped fly), Brett Lawrie (3, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Aaron Loup (BS,1)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||2.53|
|Esmil Rogers (W,1-1)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2.92|
|Casey Janssen (S,6)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 112-63, Aaron Loup 16-9, Darren Oliver 18-12, Esmil Rogers 16-13, Casey Janssen 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 7-9, Aaron Loup 1-1, Darren Oliver 3-2|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 26, Aaron Loup 4, Darren Oliver 7, Esmil Rogers 5, Casey Janssen 3|
|Nate McLouth, LF||3||3||2||1||2||0||1||.293|
|Manny Machado, 3B||5||0||2||1||0||0||2||.276|
|Nick Markakis, RF||5||0||0||1||0||0||3||.287|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||1||.345|
|Chris Davis, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.356|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.179|
|Nolan Reimold, DH||4||1||1||0||1||1||0||.211|
|Ryan Flaherty, 2B||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.100|
|Taylor Teagarden, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
|a- Chris Dickerson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|a-struck out for Teagarden in the 11th|
|2B - Nate McLouth (5, Morrow), Adam Jones (8, Morrow), Ryan Flaherty (1, Morrow)|
|3B - Manny Machado (1, Loup)|
|SH - Ryan Flaherty (1)|
|RBI - Nate McLouth (2), Manny Machado (14), Nick Markakis (8), Adam Jones (16), Ryan Flaherty (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (1), Manny Machado (11), Adam Jones (8)|
|SB - Nate McLouth (5, 2nd base off Loup/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|Jim Johnson (L,1-2)||1||2||1||1||1||0||0||0.75|
|HBP - Lawrie (by Jim Johnson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Stinson 76-52, Tommy Hunter 18-9, Darren O'Day 31-18, Troy Patton 13-11, Jim Johnson 24-15, Brian Matusz 3-2|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Stinson 8-6, Tommy Hunter 2-2, Jim Johnson 2-1, Brian Matusz 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Stinson 23, Tommy Hunter 5, Darren O'Day 5, Troy Patton 5, Jim Johnson 7, Brian Matusz 1|
|Attendance - 14981|
|Game Time - 3:25|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Mike DiMuro, First Base - Dan Bellino, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez|