4:05 PM ET, July 13, 2013
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
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.
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.
"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.
BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 13: Jason Hammel #39 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during a baseball game against the...(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Baltimore leads 10-9 (as of Sat 7/13)|
|Mon 4/22||@BAL 2, TOR 1||Recap|
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|1st||E Encarnacion homered to left (449 feet), J Reyes scored.||2||0|
|2nd||C Davis homered to left center (400 feet).||2||1|
|4th||A Jones homered to left (425 feet).||2||2|
|4th||B Roberts doubled to deep right, C Davis scored.||2||3|
|6th||J Arencibia singled to left, A Lind and C Rasmus scored, M Izturis to second.||4||3|
|7th||J Bautista doubled to deep left, E Bonifacio scored, J Reyes to third.||5||3|
|7th||A Lind grounded into fielder's choice to first, J Reyes scored, E Encarnacion out at second, J Bautista to third.||6||3|
|7th||C Rasmus grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, J Bautista scored, A Lind out at second.||7||3|
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|Stadium||Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD|
|Weather||79 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth|
With the O's Chris Davis getting HBP in the 4th inning ... From 2008-12, Chris Davis was HBP once every 164.4 plate appearances Entering Saturday, Davis in 2013 has been HBP once every 55 plate appearances
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