Toronto at Baltimore

W: A. Loup (4-3) L: J. Hammel (7-6) S: C. Janssen (18)
HR: TOR - E. Encarnacion (25)   BAL - C. Davis (36),A. Jones (18)

Davis hits 36th homer, but Jays rally past Orioles wire reports

BALTIMORE -- The bullpen door kept swinging open, and one Toronto pitcher after another made his way to the mound seeking to keep the powerful Baltimore Orioles in check.

Five Blue Jays relievers combined for five shutout innings, and Toronto overcame home runs by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in a 7-3 victory Saturday.

J.P. Arencibia gave the Blue Jays the lead with a two-run single in the sixth, Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th homer and Maicer Izturis had three hits to help the Blue Jays secure their fourth win in 11 games.

But the key was the bullpen.

Aaron Loup (4-3) got the victory with 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Loup replaced starter Todd Redmond, who allowed three runs in four innings.

Dustin McGowan, Brett Cecil and Steve Delabar followed before Casey Janssen entered with one out in the ninth and struck out Nate McLouth and Manny Machado for his 18th save in 19 chances.

"The bullpen came in and there's not much to say other than they've really been lights out the whole year and continue to pitch that way," Arencibia said.

Baltimore managed only three hits over the final five innings after Davis and Jones went deep to give the Orioles a 3-2 lead.

"They hammer mistakes. If you make them against these guys, they're going to make you pay," Arencibia said. "That's why they are as good as they are."

One of the positives this season for the last-place Blue Jays has been the performance of their bullpen. When rested, it's tough to beat.

"Those guys have been used pretty good this year, but with one more game before the [All-Star] break we knew we could do that today," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

The strategy worked perfectly.

"They've got a good bullpen," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Once they got the lead there, they can really match up with you."

Davis increased his major league-leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games, a solo shot in the second inning. Reggie Jackson is the only player in AL history with more home runs before the All-Star break, hitting 37 in 1969.

Baltimore led 3-2 before the Blue Jays took the lead in the sixth against Jason Hammel (7-6). Singles by Adam Lind, Colby Rasmus and Izturis loaded the bases for Arencibia, who lined a single to left.

Toronto pulled away with three runs in the seventh. Jose Bautista hit an RBI double, then Lind and Rasmus delivered run-scoring grounders.

Toronto's Brett Lawrie, activated from the disabled list before the game, went 0 for 4 in his first big league start at second base. Lawrie was moved from third base so that the steady hitting Izturis could stay in the lineup.

Hammel gave up six runs and 10 hits in six-plus innings. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 5.59 ERA in eight starts since May 27 and has surrendered 19 home runs this season compared to nine all last year.

Asked to assess his latest performance, Hammel replied, "Unacceptable. Far too many base runners. Get behind hitters. Fastball-hitting club that I am feeding fastballs. It's easy to hit when you know what's coming. I am not throwing sliders for strikes. Not throwing curveballs where I want them. Changeup is non-existent. I'm beating myself right now."

Although he has a winning record, his 5.24 ERA is more indicative of his first-half performance.

"These guys are battling for me," Hammel said. "You may get runs, you may not. But you've still got to make pitches during that time. And I'm not doing it."

The game drew a crowd of 46,150, the fifth sellout of the season at Camden Yards. Baltimore won the previous four.

Hammel faced three batters before falling behind 2-0. Jose Reyes led off with a double, and Encarnacion hit a one-out drive over the center-field wall, his second homer in two games.

Davis hit an opposite-field homer to left on a full count in the second inning to get the Orioles within a run.

Baltimore went up 3-2 in the fourth. After Jones opened the inning with his 18th home run, Redmond hit Davis with a pitch and Brian Roberts delivered a two-out RBI double off the right-field wall.

The Orioles got only three hits the rest of the way.


  • Toronto's J.A. Happ, who was hit in the head by a line drive on May 7, returned to the mound and pitched three innings in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday. He allowed four hits and no earned runs.
  • Baltimore's Scott Feldman (0-1) will go against Toronto's Josh Johnson (1-4) in Sunday's finale. Feldman is 0-4 lifetime against the Blue Jays.
  • Jones received two walks in a game for the first time this season.
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Chris Davis trails only Reggie Jackson (37) for the most HRs before the All-Star break by an AL hitter. (AP)
Chris Davis trails only Reggie Jackson (37) for the most HRs before the All-Star break by an AL hitter. (AP)

Players of the Game

B. Roberts
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0

M. Izturis
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Toronto Blue Jays
Jose Reyes, SS4210100 .318
Jose Bautista, RF5111001 .256
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4112100 .265
Adam Lind, DH4121000 .307
Colby Rasmus, CF4121001 .260
Maicer Izturis, 3B4030001 .254
J.P. Arencibia, C4012013 .224
Brett Lawrie, 2B4000012 .203
Emilio Bonifacio, LF2110100 .211
2B - Jose Reyes (4, Hammel), Jose Bautista (20, Asencio)
HR - Edwin Encarnacion (25, Hammel)
RBI - Jose Bautista (55), Edwin Encarnacion 2 (71), Adam Lind (37), Colby Rasmus (48), J.P. Arencibia 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - J.P. Arencibia 2 (15)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio 2 (5, )
Team LOB - 5
DP - Arencibia-Lawrie
Toronto Blue Jays
Todd Redmond 4433162 4.32
Aaron Loup (W,4-3) 1.1000100 1.94
Dustin McGowan (H,2) 1.1100020 1.54
Brett Cecil 1100120 1.94
Steve Delabar (H,5) 0.2100110 1.71
Casey Janssen (S,18) 0.2000020 2.76
WP - Dustin McGowan (1), Brett Cecil (4)
HBP - Davis (by Todd Redmond)
Pitches-Strikes - Todd Redmond 67-42, Aaron Loup 17-11, Dustin McGowan 17-10, Brett Cecil 23-13, Steve Delabar 17-9, Casey Janssen 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Todd Redmond 2-4, Aaron Loup 4-0, Brett Cecil 1-0, Steve Delabar 1-0
Batters Faced - Todd Redmond 18, Aaron Loup 5, Dustin McGowan 4, Brett Cecil 5, Steve Delabar 4, Casey Janssen 2
Baltimore Orioles
Nate McLouth, LF5000023 .276
Manny Machado, 3B5000022 .311
Nick Markakis, RF4010010 .286
Adam Jones, CF2111210 .293
Chris Davis, 1B3211013 .313
J.J. Hardy, SS4010014 .251
Matt Wieters, C3000112 .231
Brian Roberts, 2B3021111 .245
Nolan Reimold, DH3000034 .195
   a-Ryan Flaherty, PH-DH1010000 .217
a-singled for Reimold in the 9th
2B - Brian Roberts 2 (3, Redmond)
HR - Adam Jones (18, Redmond), Chris Davis (36, Redmond)
RBI - Adam Jones (65), Chris Davis (89), Brian Roberts (8)
2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts (2)
CS - Chris Davis (1, 2nd base by McGowan/Arencibia)
Team LOB - 8
DP - B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis, B. Roberts-Hardy-Davis-Hardy-B. Roberts-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
Jason Hammel (L,7-6) 61066211 5.24
Jairo Asencio 0111100 9.00
Troy Patton 1000000 3.69
Darren O'Day 1100010 2.16
T.J. McFarland 1000000 4.13
IBB - Encarnacion by Jairo Asencio
HBP - Bonifacio (by Jason Hammel)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 99-58, Jairo Asencio 7-3, Troy Patton 7-6, Darren O'Day 13-9, T.J. McFarland 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 9-5, Troy Patton 2-1, T.J. McFarland 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 28, Jairo Asencio 2, Troy Patton 3, Darren O'Day 3, T.J. McFarland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46150
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth