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Bautista homers, Jays beat Orioles for 10th straight win

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TORONTO -- Jose Bautista came up with the perfect response to Darren O'Day's taunting: a tiebreaking home run.

Bautista hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.

"It's been a great run and hopefully we can continue," Bautista said.

The Blue Jays (37-36) are above .500 for the first time since last July 29, when they were 51-50.

Bautista traded angry words with O'Day after striking out to end the seventh inning Friday, stranding a runner at second base.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays slugger renewed the argument, yelling at O'Day while rounding the bases after his pivotal home run.

"I told him just to keep talking like he was yesterday because he kind of ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out," Bautista said. "I don't know where that came from but I didn't appreciate it. I let him know that yesterday and that's a little reminder today."

O'Day declined to talk about his spat with Bautista, while Orioles manager Buck Showalter chalked it up to a clash of competitive personalities.

"Darren is a competitor, he likes to compete in those situations," Showalter said. "Sometimes he wins, sometimes Bautista wins. You've got two great, talented athletes competing out there and they both take it personally."

The Blue Jays led 2-1 heading into the eighth but Taylor Teagarden tied it with a homer off reliever Darren Oliver.

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left after Munenori Kawasaki hit a one-out single in the bottom half. O'Day came on and got Rajai Davis to ground into a fielder's choice, but Bautista followed with a two-out homer just inside the left-field foul pole on a 3-2 pitch.

"I made a terrible pitch," O'Day said. "If I make a good pitch, he's probably out."

Bautista, who homered for the 16th time this season, said he wasn't sure his drive was going to stay fair.

"I had no idea it was going to go out, either," Bautista said. "I knew I hit it well but I didn't know if it had enough."

The homer was the first allowed by O'Day since May 22, when Yankees infielder David Adams took him deep.

Oliver (3-1) worked one inning and Casey Janssen finished for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Gonzalez (5-3) allowed three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who won his previous three starts, lost for the first time since May 3 at the Los Angeles Angels.

"He was outstanding today," Showalter said. "He pitched really well. I was really proud of him."

It's been a busy week for Gonzalez, who left the team Monday for the birth of his first child, a daughter, and was activated off the paternity list Friday.

"I was supposed to throw a bullpen three days ago but it didn't happen," Gonzalez said. "I was back home with the family."

The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first when Melky Cabrera drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Adam Lind's two-out single and scored on a wild pitch.

The Orioles tied it in the fifth after Chris Davis reached on second baseman Emilio Bonifacio's error. He went to second on a grounder and scored on Travis Ishikawa's single.

Izturis put the Blue Jays back in front by homering on the first pitch of the fifth.

Baltimore left the potential tying run stranded at third base in the seventh but knotted it at 2 in the eighth on Teagarden's one-out homer.

Blue Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang left to a standing ovation after giving up one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who walked none and struck out two, has a 2.61 ERA in three starts with Toronto.

"That's three really good ones," manager John Gibbons said. "He shut down a good hitting team. I know he feels good, he's a part of it now. He's given us a big boost, that's for sure."

Notes

  • Bautista is one home run away from 200 for his career.
  • Blue Jays RHP Kyle Drabek (elbow surgery) is set to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Dunedin on Saturday.
  • Orioles C Matt Wieters got the day off, while Chris Davis started at DH. He doubled and scored a run, but struck out to end the game.
  • Baltimore RHP Freddy Garcia is expected to start Sunday's series finale against RHP Josh Johnson, meaning LHP Zach Britton will start for the Orioles against Cleveland on Monday.
 
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Jose Bautista (right) celebrates Edwin Encarnacion after hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning. (USATSI)
Jose Bautista (right) celebrates Edwin Encarnacion after hitting a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

J. Bautista
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Baltimore

M. Gonzalez
IP 7.1
H 3
ER 3
BB 3
K 5
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF4020000 .290
Manny Machado, 3B4000011 .321
Nick Markakis, RF4000001 .287
Adam Jones, CF4000020 .298
Chris Davis, DH3110010 .336
J.J. Hardy, SS3000002 .271
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3011002 .167
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3010021 .184
Taylor Teagarden, C3111001 .097
Totals3126206  
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (24, Wang)
HR - Taylor Teagarden (2, Oliver)
RBI - Travis Ishikawa (1), Taylor Teagarden (4)
CS - Nate McLouth (4, 2nd base by Oliver/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-Ishikawa
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez (L,5-3) 7.1333351 3.75
Darren O'Day 0.2111001 1.85
WP - Miguel Gonzalez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 111-73, Darren O'Day 12-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 4-12, Darren O'Day 2-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 27, Darren O'Day 3
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Melky Cabrera, LF2100101 .276
    Rajai Davis, LF1100001 .305
Jose Bautista, RF4112011 .253
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4000001 .269
Adam Lind, DH2010100 .340
Colby Rasmus, CF3000022 .243
J.P. Arencibia, C3000011 .217
Maicer Izturis, 3B3111000 .228
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3000000 .201
Munenori Kawasaki, SS2010110 .233
Totals2744335  
Batting
HR - Jose Bautista (16, O'Day), Maicer Izturis (5, M. Gonzalez)
RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (39), Maicer Izturis (12)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Bautista 2 (16)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Izturis-Bonifacio-Encarnacion, Wang-Encarnacion
E - Emilio Bonifacio (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chien-Ming Wang 6.1410020 2.18
Aaron Loup0000000 2.00
Neil Wagner (H,4) 0.2000000 0.82
Darren Oliver (BS,2; W,3-1) 1211021 3.00
Casey Janssen (S,17) 1000020 2.10
HBP - Davis (by Aaron Loup)
WP - Chien-Ming Wang (1), Neil Wagner (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chien-Ming Wang 83-51, Aaron Loup 3-1, Neil Wagner 12-8, Darren Oliver 12-9, Casey Janssen 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chien-Ming Wang 12-4, Neil Wagner 1-1
Batters Faced - Chien-Ming Wang 22, Aaron Loup 1, Neil Wagner 2, Darren Oliver 4, Casey Janssen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43261
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Angel Hernandez