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Gausman pitches Orioles past Blue Jays, Buehrle

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BALTIMORE -- In a matchup between the two top teams in the AL East, a rookie right-hander got the best of a 35-year-old looking for his major-league leading 11th win.

Kevin Gausman gave up one run over six innings and Delmon Young homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday night.

Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who moved within 3 1-2 games of first-place Toronto.

Gausman (2-1) allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three in his second consecutive solid outing. The 2012 first-round draft pick stymied Oakland on June 7 after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and now appears to be a fixture in the starting rotation.

Well, maybe.

"He's done what it takes to be considered," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's taking care of his end of it."

Gausman, 23, has given up only two runs in 13 innings during his latest stint with Baltimore.

"I feel good about what I've done. I feel comfortable right now," Gausman said. "Whatever happens is going to be for the club's best interest."

Zach Britton worked the ninth for his sixth save. The victory wasn't secured, however, until a replay review confirmed the final out on a double-play grounder.

Buehrle (10-3) yielded four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to lose his second straight start following a six-game winning streak. The left-hander allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his previous 13 starts.

"I feel like there were times I made a lot of mistakes and they made me pay for them" Buehrle said. "And I made a few good pitches and they put the ball in play and got some base hits."

Toronto has lost three straight and five of six, scoring only four runs in those five defeats.

"As hot as we were, we were going to cool off sooner or later," manager John Gibbons said. "We'll get it going. We're too good of an offense. We'll be OK."

Baltimore needed just two at-bats to take a 2-0 lead. Markakis led off with a single and the seldom-used Young sent a changeup into the seats in left field, his first home run since April 8, and only the fourth against Buehrle this season.

It was the eighth straight game in which Toronto allowed the opposition to score first. In those games, the Blue Jays have been outscored 16-4 in the first three innings.

"It seems like we've gone out as starting pitchers and given up runs in the first inning," Buehrle said. "When your offense is struggling to score runs ... it kind of seems it's taking the wind right out of our sails. We got to do a better job going out there and throwing up zeroes."

The Orioles made it 3-0 in the third. Manny Machado led off with a double to end an 0-for-18 skid and Caleb Joseph delivered an RBI single.

Toronto got a run in the fifth when Juan Francisco doubled and came home on a single by Melky Cabrera. The double ended Baltimore's string of 23 innings without allowing an extra-base hit, and the run snapped the Orioles' streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings.

That would be the only flaw in an otherwise solid performance by Gausman, who was 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in his previous four appearances against Toronto.

"Gausman was good tonight," Gibbons said. "He's got that overpowering fastball. He was keeping it in the zone. I think in the past he's had some control issues, but it's all coming together for him."

Doubles by Jonathan Schoop and Markakis put Baltimore up 4-1 in the seventh, and Toronto got a run off Ryan Webb in the eighth when Jose Bautista doubled, stole third and scored on a groundout by Adam Lind.

Notes

Toronto OF Colby Rasmus (right hamstring) went 1 for 3 in his first rehab start Thursday, serving as DH for Triple-A Buffalo. ... Baltimore will send Ubaldo Jimenez (2-7) to the mound Friday night in the second game of the series. Jimenez is 0-5 with a 7.04 ERA in six home starts. Drew Hutchison (4-4) will start for Toronto. ... Baltimore pitchers have gone 42 straight innings without allowing a home run. ... Toronto's Jose Reyes opened the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. ... Markakis passed Brian Roberts and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the Orioles' career list with 1,453 hits.

 
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Nick Markakis has two hits and an RBI for the Orioles and Delmon Young homers against Toronto. (USATSI)
Nick Markakis has two hits and an RBI for the Orioles and Delmon Young homers against Toronto. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

D. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Toronto

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4010002 .265
Melky Cabrera, LF3011100 .302
Jose Bautista, RF4110013 .310
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4001000 .257
Adam Lind, DH3010100 .333
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B2000212 .240
Dioner Navarro, C4000023 .262
Juan Francisco, 3B2110000 .245
   a-Steve Tolleson, PH-2B2010010 .281
Anthony Gose, CF1010000 .230
   b-Darin Mastroianni, PH-CF2000011 .000
Mark Buehrle, P0000000 .000
   Steve Delabar, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Loup, P0000000 .000
Totals3127246  
a-struck out for Francisco in the 7th
b-struck out for Gose in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (13, Webb), Juan Francisco (9, Gausman)
SH - Anthony Gose (3)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (34), Edwin Encarnacion (54)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (12)
SB - Jose Bautista (3, 3rd base off Webb/Joseph)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mark Buehrle (L,10-3) 6.1844131 2.28
Steve Delabar 1100010 4.68
Aaron Loup 0.2000220 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 99-65, Steve Delabar 27-18, Aaron Loup 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 7-9
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 28, Steve Delabar 4, Aaron Loup 4
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF4121011 .305
Delmon Young, DH4122002 .295
Adam Jones, CF3000102 .297
Chris Davis, 1B4000022 .231
Nelson Cruz, LF4020011 .303
   David Lough, PR-LF0000000 .183
J.J. Hardy, SS3000102 .282
Manny Machado, 3B3110100 .220
Jonathan Schoop, 2B3110013 .228
Caleb Joseph, C3011013 .135
Kevin Gausman, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
Totals3149436  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (12, Buehrle), Manny Machado (4, Buehrle), Jonathan Schoop (9, Buehrle)
HR - Delmon Young (2, Buehrle)
SH - Jonathan Schoop (2), Caleb Joseph (2)
RBI - Nick Markakis (28), Delmon Young 2 (9), Caleb Joseph (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Machado-Davis, Machado-Davis-Hardy-Schoop-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Gausman (W,2-1) 6511330 3.71
Brian Matusz (H,8) 1000020 3.60
Ryan Webb (H,9) 1111100 2.83
Zach Britton (S,6) 1100010 0.78
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Gausman 101-61, Brian Matusz 13-9, Ryan Webb 22-13, Zach Britton 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Gausman 8-6, Brian Matusz 1-0, Ryan Webb 2-1, Zach Britton 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Gausman 25, Brian Matusz 3, Ryan Webb 5, Zach Britton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17403
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt