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Davis' MLB-leading 16th homer powers O's past Jays

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TORONTO -- Sean Nolin left with some souvenirs, but not a whole lot of good memories, from his first taste of big league baseball.

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 16th home run, Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBI and the Baltimore Orioles beat Nolin and the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Friday night.

Called up from Double-A to face the Orioles, Nolin (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. He suffered his first loss since Aug. 27, 2011, when he was pitching for Class A Lansing.

"Definitely not the way I envisioned it," a red-eyed Nolin said of his rough debut. "I think I just had too much energy going. I kind of felt like I already threw a few innings, kind of wasted some gas without doing anything."

Nolin was optioned back to the minors after the game, packing his bag and leaving with a copy of the lineup card, and a pep talk from manager John Gibbons.

"I told him, 'I don't want you leaving here with any negative thoughts,' " Gibbons said. " 'You'll be back. Someday you'll look back and laugh at this.' "

Maybe, but not tonight.

"It was a tough go for him, no question," Gibbons said. "[Catcher J.P.] Arencibia told me everything was kind of flat, flat in the zone."

The teams combined for 33 hits, 16 by Baltimore and 17 by Toronto.

"It was pinball out there tonight," Gibbons said.

Arencibia was the only starter on either side who didn't reach safely via a hit or walk. He went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Toronto lost for the first time this season when scoring five runs or more, falling to 15-1 in those games. The Blue Jays set a dubious franchise record by allowing the first three batters of an inning to reach safely in three consecutive frames, doing so in the first, second and third.

J.J. Hardy, Danny Valencia and Adam Jones all went deep as the Orioles matched a season high in runs and set a season high with four home runs. Baltimore has hit an ML-best 66 home runs this season.

"When we got a ball over the plate it seemed like we didn't miss it," Markakis said.

The Orioles have hit at least three homers in each of the past four games, their first such streak since a five-game run in August 1996. That year, the Orioles finished with eight double-digit home run hitters and set a baseball record with 257 homers.

Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind all hit solo home runs for the Blue Jays, but Lawrie and Gibbons were ejected at the end of the third.

Chris Tillman (4-2) allowed three runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings to win for the fourth time in six starts. He walked none and matched a season high with seven strikeouts.

"The key was Tillman not walking anybody," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "You've got to make them earn it."

The Orioles walked eight batters in Thursday's 12-6 loss.

Brian Matusz got two outs in the sixth, Tommy Hunter pitched 2 1/3 innings and Darren O'Day finished in the ninth.

Nolin, 23, put his team in a hole before recording his first out. After singles by Markakis and Manny Machado, Hardy hit a three-run drive to left, his ninth.

Cabrera got one run back with his first career leadoff home run and second of the season in the bottom half, but the Orioles chased Nolin with three more in the third. A double, a walk and a single loaded the bases for Markakis, who cleared them with a double.

Lawrie led off the bottom of the second with his fifth home run and Colby Rasmus doubled and scored on Emilio Bonifacio's single, but the Orioles added to their lead in the fourth against Ramon Ortiz.

Davis led off with a second-deck home run, his third in three games and fourth in five. Two batters later, Valencia hit his first home run, a two-run drive.

Jones made it 10-3 with a leadoff home run off Brad Lincoln in the sixth, but the Blue Jays scored twice against Matusz in the bottom half. Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI double and scored on Cabrera's single.

Lind cut it to 10-6 with an opposite field homer off Hunter in the seventh, his fourth.

Lawrie was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after he was called out looking to strand runners at the corners in the third. Lawrie flipped his bat and tossed his helmet and gloves on the ground as he walked up the third base line toward his position, leading to his first ejection this season.

"I didn't do anything," Lawrie said. "I didn't say one word to him, not one, I didn't look at him one time and I'm in trouble for that."

Bellino warned Lawrie about an equipment violation before the ejection, but Lawrie said he didn't hear it over the noise of the crowd. Crew chief Wally Bell said Lawrie was ejected because for throwing his gloves "in a way that wasn't etiquette in baseball."

Gibbons was tossed for the third time when he came out to argue.

"Next time he's got to throw his gloves in the other direction, I guess," Gibbons said.

Notes

  • Mark DeRosa replaced Lawrie.
  • Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who was shut down last month because of elbow pain, reported full range of motion and no pain in his arm during an examination Friday. Bundy is not yet ready to resume throwing.
  • To make room on the roster for Nolin, the Blue Jays placed LHP Darren Oliver (shoulder) on the 15-day DL and moved LHP J.A. Happ (head, knee) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
  • Toronto will make another move Saturday to replace Nolin.
 
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Baltimore's Chris Davis hits his major league-leading 16th home run in the third inning against the Blue Jays.  (USATSI)
Baltimore's Chris Davis hits his major league-leading 16th home run in the third inning against the Blue Jays. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

N. Markakis
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF5133100 .300
Manny Machado, 3B6130002 .335
J.J. Hardy, SS5113015 .234
Adam Jones, CF5121012 .317
Chris Davis, 1B4131100 .337
Matt Wieters, C4100104 .219
Danny Valencia, DH5222003 .308
Steve Pearce, LF4100103 .226
    Chris Dickerson, LF0000000 .326
Yamaico Navarro, 2B4120020 .375
    Alexi Casilla, 2B1000000 .200
Totals4310161044  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (11, Nolin), Chris Davis (16, Rogers), Danny Valencia (2, Nolin)
HR - J.J. Hardy (9, Nolin), Adam Jones (8, Lincoln), Chris Davis (16, Ortiz), Danny Valencia (1, Ortiz)
RBI - Nick Markakis 3 (27), J.J. Hardy 3 (29), Adam Jones (32), Chris Davis (45), Danny Valencia 2 (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Machado-Davis, Casilla-Hardy-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Tillman (W,4-2) 51033072 3.68
Brian Matusz 0.2222100 3.32
Tommy Hunter 2.1411001 1.63
Darren O'Day 1100010 1.99
WP - Chris Tillman (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Tillman 109-74, Brian Matusz 15-8, Tommy Hunter 34-23, Darren O'Day 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Tillman 3-3, Brian Matusz 1-1, Tommy Hunter 1-5, Darren O'Day 2-0
Batters Faced - Chris Tillman 23, Brian Matusz 5, Tommy Hunter 10, Darren O'Day 4
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, LF5122002 .284
Jose Bautista, RF5030010 .281
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B5020003 .254
Adam Lind, DH5131012 .284
J.P. Arencibia, C5000035 .224
Brett Lawrie, 3B2111012 .195
    Mark DeRosa, 3B3000011 .207
Colby Rasmus, CF4120010 .243
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3121101 .211
Munenori Kawasaki, SS4121000 .227
Totals41617618  
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (6, Tillman), Adam Lind (9, O'Day), Colby Rasmus (8, Tillman), Munenori Kawasaki (2, Matusz)
HR - Melky Cabrera (2, Tillman), Adam Lind (4, Hunter), Brett Lawrie (5, Tillman)
RBI - Melky Cabrera 2 (17), Adam Lind (10), Brett Lawrie (13), Emilio Bonifacio (10), Munenori Kawasaki (10)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (12), Munenori Kawasaki (4)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (1, 2nd base by Tillman/Wieters)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Kawasaki-Bonifacio-Encarnacion
E - Munenori Kawasaki (4, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean Nolin (L,0-1) 1.1766101 40.50
Ramon Ortiz 2.2333122 4.87
Brad Lincoln 2311201 5.68
Esmil Rogers 3300020 4.56
WP - Ramon Ortiz (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Nolin 35-22, Ramon Ortiz 57-35, Brad Lincoln 40-20, Esmil Rogers 43-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Nolin 2-1, Ramon Ortiz 4-3, Brad Lincoln 1-5, Esmil Rogers 1-6
Batters Faced - Sean Nolin 11, Ramon Ortiz 13, Brad Lincoln 11, Esmil Rogers 12
Game Information
Attendance - 25104
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Dan Bellino, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Tony Randazzo