Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Danny Valencia delivered a two-run double and Chris Davis drew a bases-loaded walk as the Baltimore Orioles downed the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-1, in the finale of a three-game series Sunday at Rogers Centre.
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez (10-7) held Toronto to one run on six hits with no walk and two strikeout before leaving after 5 1/3 innings with a right groin strain. However, his 86-pitch outing was enough to earn him the victory.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect ninth for his 45th save of the year, bringing the Orioles (79-70) to within three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second and final American League Wild Card berth.
Veteran Mark Buehrle (11-9) after allowing three runs – two earned — on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings for the Blue Jays, who dropped to 68-81.
After a homer by Adam Lind in the 2nd, the Orioles gave Gonzalez a 3-1 lead behind Valencia’s two-run double and Davis’ bases-loaded walk.
However, the right-hander grimaced in pain after striking out Lind to start the sixth. He exited the game with a right groin strain and replaced by rookie righty Kevin Gausman.
Gausman surrendered a single to Moises Sierra and walked Rajai Davis but he both got Ryan Goins and J.P. Arencibia to strike out swinging to Toronto off the board.
Tommy Hunter, who entered a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, gave the O’s a lift with an inning-ending strikeout of Moises Sierra to keep the two-run lead intact.
After Francisco Rodriguez allowed a two-out single and Encarnacion’s ground-rule double, he issued an intentional walk to Lind to bring on Hunter, who followed that up with a 1-2-3 eighth.