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TORONTO -- One thing that doesn't get lost in translation with Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki is his joy for baseball.
Called up from Triple-A Buffalo in April after All-Star Jose Reyes severely sprained his left ankle, Kawasaki has won over Blue Jays fans and players with his energetic play, upbeat personality and his custom of bowing to teammates after big plays.
"When Reyes went down we were scrambling," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We didn't know what we were going to do. We knew very little about [Kawasaki] but he's come up here and done a tremendous job for us. He's played just a good brand of baseball.
"I don't know where we'd be without him," Gibbons said.
Reading from a Japanese-to-English phrasebook, Kawasaki greeted the media after his big hit with a trio of increasingly nonsensical remarks.
"I did it," he said. "Give me a hug. It was boring."
Boring? Not a chance.
That brought up Kawasaki, who lined a double up the alley in left-center. Arencibia scored from third and DeRosa raced around from first with the winning run.
"He hit it in the perfect spot," Gibbons said. "Especially with DeRosa running, he definitely hit it in the perfect spot."
Kawasaki tossed his helmet in the air in as he rounded second base and was mobbed by his teammates as DeRosa slid home without a throw.
"That was awesome," Blue Jays starter Chad Jenkins said. "Very exciting. Couldn't have happened to a better person. Kawasaki is a great guy. Just awesome that he was the one that knocked in the winning run."
The blown save was Johnson's fourth of the season and fourth in five chances.
"He made a lot of good pitches," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He just kind of painted himself in a corner there and we just couldn't get it done."
Lawrie appeared angry at third-base coach Luis Rivera for not telling Lind to tag up after his ninth-inning fly ball. Lawrie later exchanged words with Gibbons in the dugout.
"He got a little heated, I got a little heated," Gibbons said. "That's over. It's no big deal, those things happen."
Baltimore's Adam Jones hit a home run for the fourth consecutive game and Wieters had four hits and three RBI for the Orioles.
"It's a tough loss," Wieters said.
Jones hit a one-out solo home run to left off Aaron Loup in the seventh inning, his 10th. The home run was his ninth at Rogers Centre since the start of the 2012 season, the most by any opposing player.
Jones has hit safely in 16 consecutive games against Toronto, dating to Aug. 24, 2012. His four-game homer streak is the longest of his career. He has had three-game streaks three times.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven. The right-hander, who landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a blister on his thumb, had not won since beating the Blue Jays in Baltimore on April 23.
Nick Markakis was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Jones' double to left field in the first, with shortstop Kawasaki making the relay throw to the plate.
The Orioles took the lead in the second against Jenkins. Chris Davis led off with a double, went to third on J.J. Hardy's single and scored when Wieters doubled to left. One batter later, Hardy scored on Danny Valencia's groundout.
The Blue Jays cut the deficit in half in the fourth when Lind scored on Lawrie's sacrifice fly.
Starting for the second time this season, Jenkins allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked three, two intentional, and struck out two.
"He kept us in the game, got some big outs in a couple of situations where the game could have got out of hand," Gibbons said.
Kawasaki made it 3-2 in the eighth with a bases loaded single that ticked off the glove of leaping second baseman Alexi Casilla. Hunter limited the damage by getting Cabrera to ground into a fielder's choice, with Lawrie thrown out at the plate, then bare-handing Bautista's one-hopper back to the mound to end the threat.
X-rays on Hunter's hand were negative but he'll be checked out again before Monday's game at Washington.
"Hopefully the swelling goes down and stays down," Hunter said. "I think I'll be all right."
|Players of the Game|
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|Nate McLouth, LF||4||0||1||0||1||1||2||.289|
|Manny Machado, 3B||5||0||2||0||0||0||1||.329|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.304|
|Adam Jones, CF||5||2||3||1||0||1||4||.322|
|Chris Davis, 1B||2||1||1||0||3||0||0||.337|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||8||.239|
|Matt Wieters, C||5||0||4||3||0||0||0||.236|
|Danny Valencia, DH||5||0||0||1||0||2||4||.238|
|Alexi Casilla, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.190|
|2B - Manny Machado (22, Jenkins), Adam Jones (16, Jenkins), Chris Davis (18, Jenkins), Matt Wieters 3 (12, Jenkins, Weber, Delabar)|
|HR - Adam Jones (10, Loup)|
|RBI - Adam Jones (34), Matt Wieters 3 (29), Danny Valencia (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Matt Wieters 2 (11)|
|SB - Matt Wieters (1, 2nd base off Loup/Arencibia)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|Brian Matusz (H,8)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||3.15|
|Tommy Hunter (H,2)||1.1||4||1||1||1||1||0||1.86|
|Jim Johnson (BS,4; L,2-5)||0.2||4||4||4||1||0||0||5.25|
|HBP - Lawrie (by Tommy Hunter)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 101-58, Brian Matusz 24-14, Tommy Hunter 28-19, Jim Johnson 37-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 4-6, Tommy Hunter 2-1, Jim Johnson 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 24, Brian Matusz 4, Tommy Hunter 10, Jim Johnson 7|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Melky Cabrera, LF||3||0||0||0||2||0||4||.283|
|Jose Bautista, RF||5||0||2||0||0||2||4||.295|
|Edwin Encarnacion, 1B||4||1||2||0||1||1||3||.253|
|Adam Lind, DH||5||2||2||0||0||2||4||.304|
|J.P. Arencibia, C||4||2||3||1||1||0||0||.236|
|Brett Lawrie, 3B||3||0||0||1||0||1||3||.199|
|Anthony Gose, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||4||.200|
|Emilio Bonifacio, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.207|
|a- Colby Rasmus, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.237|
|Mark DeRosa, 2B||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||.203|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||5||0||3||3||0||1||0||.247|
|a-walked for Bonifacio in the 8th|
|2B - Edwin Encarnacion (7, Johnson), J.P. Arencibia (9, M. Gonzalez), Munenori Kawasaki (3, Johnson)|
|SF - Brett Lawrie (2)|
|RBI - J.P. Arencibia (25), Brett Lawrie (14), Mark DeRosa (14), Munenori Kawasaki 3 (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Munenori Kawasaki 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1|
|DP - Jenkins-Encarnacion, Kawasaki-Bonifacio-Encarnacion|
|E - Chad Jenkins (1, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Steve Delabar (W,4-1)||1||2||2||2||1||0||0||2.42|
|IBB - Davis by Chad Jenkins, by Davis, Davis by Steve Delabar|
|HBP - Markakis (by Steve Delabar)|
|WP - Steve Delabar (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chad Jenkins 88-51, Thad Weber 19-11, Aaron Loup 32-24, Steve Delabar 27-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Jenkins 6-5, Thad Weber 1-1, Aaron Loup 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chad Jenkins 24, Thad Weber 5, Aaron Loup 8, Steve Delabar 7|
|Attendance - 28502|
|Game Time - 3:19|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Wally Bell|