Toronto at Baltimore

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Norris strong, Davis homers as Orioles beat Blue Jays

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BALTIMORE -- Every once in a while, Chris Davis conjures memories of last season by effortlessly launching a baseball far over the outfield wall.

Davis interrupted his frustrating season with such a moment Saturday, hitting a two-run homer off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to carry the Baltimore Orioles past the skidding Toronto Blue Jays 3-2.

Davis batted .286 with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs last year. This season, he's at .228 with 11 long balls and 33 RBI.

His work ethic, however, remains the same.

"There's no change in my approach. I've been doing everything I can to try to get back to feeling good in the box," Davis said. "I felt the last couple of days I've started to click a little bit. Didn't have a lot to show for it."

Davis ended an 0-for-9 drought with a drive that put the Orioles up 3-1 in the fifth.

"Big home run for the team in the situation, and the individual," teammate Adam Jones said. "He's been grinding it out."

Orioles starter Bud Norris (6-5) gave up one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander extended an impressive run by Orioles starters, who have allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of the last 16 games.

"We're all out there to help each other and get better," Norris said. "Right now we're kind of cruising."

After Toronto closed to 3-2 in the eighth, Zach Britton got three outs for his seventh save.

Brett Lawrie had two hits and an RBI for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of eight. The AL East leaders have scored only six runs in those six defeats.

"I thought we had pretty good ABs for the most part," catcher Josh Thole said. "It's tough when you're not getting guys in."

Dickey (6-5) left with right groin tightness after allowing three runs, two earned, and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. It was the first time this season he's taken a loss when permitting as few as three runs.

Dickey felt a twinge after getting Manny Machado out, then left after taking a practice pitch.

"I didn't want to jeopardize my next start," Dickey said. "I was probably out of the game after that next batter, anyway. I decided it was probably in everybody's best interest to just call it a day."

Toronto nearly got Dickey off the hook.

In the seventh, Orioles reliever Darren O'Day retired Melky Cabrera on a grounder with two outs and two on. One inning later, Jose Bautista was thrown out in a very close play at the plate while trying to score on a double by Edwin Encarnacion.

Left fielder Nelson Cruz retrieved the ball and threw to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who fired the relay to catcher Nick Hundley.

"The big play in the game was obviously the relay throw," Davis said. "That was a big hit for Encarnacion and a chance for them to get back into the game and get really good momentum in their dugout."

Lawrie followed with an RBI single.

The Blue Jays stranded nine and went 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

"This has been a tough run here so we need to hopefully regroup," Thole said. "We're playing behind every night."

With the score 1-all in the fifth, Jones hit a grounder to third. The throw by Juan Francisco bounced past first base, and Jones lightly pushed umpire Hunter Wendelstedt while rounding the bag. The umpire toppled backward onto the infield dirt but was not hurt.

Davis followed by hitting a 1-0 pitch over the center field wall and into the Baltimore bullpen.

"We got burned by the home run ball," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.

Earlier, Dickey got into trouble in the first inning when Nick Markakis led off with an infield hit and Machado doubled. But Jones, Davis and Cruz followed with popups.

In the Toronto second, Norris hit Lawrie with a pitch before walking Thole with the bases loaded.

Baltimore tied it in the fourth when Hundley delivered a sacrifice fly following singles by Delmon Young and Ryan Flaherty.

Notes

Toronto DH Adam Lind left with a bruised right foot. ... The Blue Jays activated RHP Sergio Santos (right elbow) from the DL and optioned OF Darin Mastroianni to Triple-A Buffalo. Santos was needed in the bullpen after LHP Brett Cecil left Friday's game with groin tightness. Cecil will rest for a few days before being reevaluated. ... Jones went 0 for 3 against Dickey and is 3 for 22 lifetime against the knuckleballer. ... Toronto is 34-17 when hitting a HR and 6-13 without one.

 
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Baltimore starter Bud Norris (6-5) gives up one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays. (USATSI)
Baltimore starter Bud Norris (6-5) gives up one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Dickey
IP 6.2
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 4
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4020103 .266
Melky Cabrera, LF5000004 .297
Jose Bautista, RF3010001 .311
Adam Lind, DH3110001 .331
   a-Dioner Navarro, PH-DH1000011 .256
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B4120011 .257
Juan Francisco, 3B3000032 .241
   b-Steve Tolleson, PH-2B0000100 .277
Brett Lawrie, 2B-3B3021000 .243
Josh Thole, C3001103 .300
Anthony Gose, CF4010024 .228
R.A. Dickey, P0000000 .000
   Chad Jenkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3329237  
a-struck out for Lind in the 8th
b-walked for Francisco in the 8th
Batting
2B - Edwin Encarnacion (17, O'Day)
RBI - Brett Lawrie (37), Josh Thole (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie (12)
SB - Jose Reyes (15, 2nd base off O'Day/Hundley)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Juan Francisco (7, Throwing)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (L,6-5) 6.2632241 4.08
Chad Jenkins 1.1100000 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 99-67, Chad Jenkins 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 6-11, Chad Jenkins 1-3
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 29, Chad Jenkins 5
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nick Markakis, RF3010111 .301
Manny Machado, 3B4020000 .241
Adam Jones, CF4100004 .296
Chris Davis, 1B3112102 .228
Nelson Cruz, LF4010005 .297
   David Lough, PR-LF0000000 .183
J.J. Hardy, SS4000011 .281
Delmon Young, DH4110011 .290
Ryan Flaherty, 2B3010010 .227
Nick Hundley, C2001000 .236
Bud Norris, P0000000 .000
   Darren O'Day, P0000000 .000
   Brian Matusz, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   Zach Britton, P0000000 .000
Totals3137324  
Batting
2B - Manny Machado (6, Dickey)
HR - Chris Davis (11, Dickey)
SF - Nick Hundley (2)
RBI - Chris Davis 2 (33), Nick Hundley (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nelson Cruz 1
DP - Hardy-Flaherty-Davis, Hardy-Flaherty-Davis-Hardy-Flaherty-Davis
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bud Norris (W,6-5) 6.2711150 3.73
Darren O'Day (H,8) 1111010 1.26
Brian Matusz 0000100 3.60
Ryan Webb (H,10) 0.1100000 2.79
Zach Britton (S,7) 1000110 0.76
HBP - Lawrie (by Bud Norris), J. Bautista (by Darren O'Day)
Pitches-Strikes - Bud Norris 112-72, Darren O'Day 13-8, Brian Matusz 8-4, Ryan Webb 2-2, Zach Britton 10-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bud Norris 7-7, Darren O'Day 1-0, Zach Britton 1-0
Batters Faced - Bud Norris 28, Darren O'Day 4, Brian Matusz 1, Ryan Webb 2, Zach Britton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 33901
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike DiMuro