Designated hitter Dioner Navarro powers Blue Jays past Orioles

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – J.A. Happ pitched six strong innings while designated hitter Dioner Navarro drove in two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-2, in the finale of a four-game series Sunday at Camden Yards.

Happ yielded one run on seven hits with no walk and six strikeouts to improve to 6-3 to help the Blue Jays (41-30) split the four-game set. Casey Janssen got the last four outs for his 12th save of the season.

Navarro went 3-for-4 while Melky Cabrera, Jose Bautista and Steve Tolleson knocked in a run apiece for the Blue Jays.

Chris Tillman (5-4) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on eight hits and recorded no walk and strikeout as the Orioles slipped to 35-33.

Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones provided the scoring for the Orioles, knocking in one run each. Cruz went 3-for-3 while Jones finished 2-for-4 with a homer for Baltimore.

The Blue Jays raced to a 3-0 lead behind Bautista’s RBI double in the first, Navarro’s run-scoring single in the fourth and Cabrera’s RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth.

In the sixth, Cruz put the Orioles on the board with a single that brought Jones home, cutting the lead to 3-1.

However, the Blue Jays got a four-lead cushion in the eighth behind Navarro’s RBI double and Tolleson’s RBI groundout.

Jones closed out scoring with a solo shot in the bottom part of the eighth.

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