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Blue Jays 11, Orioles 3

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BALTIMORE -- Toronto left-hander Mark Buehrle allowed just one run over seven innings and the Blue Jays pounded out 17 hits, including three home runs, in an 11-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

With the victory, Toronto took the three-game series after winning the opener. The Orioles continued to struggle at the plate and scored just five runs in the series.

Buehrle continued his phenomenal start to the season, improving to 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA. He allowed the one run on five hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Center fielder Colby Rasmus went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and homered for the second straight game. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion also had three hits, including a homer, for the Blue Jays (7-6). Third baseman Brett Lawrie got his second home run of the season and designated hitter Adam Lind collected three hits.

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract in the offseason, had another shaky start and has yet to pick up a win in three outings. He allowed five runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 1/3 innings.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who led the majors with 53 home runs last season, got his first of the year with a solo shot in in the eighth. Catcher Matt Wieters then followed with this third homer of the season.

Lawrie hit a long home run to left field that gave the Blue Jays a 4-1 lead in the fifth. Reliever John Stinson entered for the Orioles (5-6) and promptly allowed a double to Cabrera and then a single to Rasmus that scored another two runs.

A two-run double by Encarnacion three batters later provided an 8-1 lead. Bautista's three-run homer off Stinson in the eighth only added to the Orioles' woes.

Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 13 games to start the season -- a new club record. Toronto also scored more than four runs for just the third time in 13 games.

Rasmus gave the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead in the first with a towering home run that landed on Eutaw Street. It was the first ball to land on Eutaw Street this season and 78th overall in the 23-year-old history of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Orioles responded in the bottom half of the inning when right fielder Nick Markakis led off with a single and left fielder Delmon Young followed with a double. Markakis then scored on a grounder by center fielder Adam Jones.

The Blue Jays retook the lead, 3-1, in the fourth inning on a fielder choice by catcher Dioner Navarro and a suicide squeeze by shortstop Jonathan Diaz.

Notes: Baltimore LHP Brian Matusz was back with the team after missing the past two games with an illness. ... Orioles SS Manny Machado, who is recovering from knee surgery, is expected to begin running sprints Monday in Florida. ... Blue Jays 2B Maicer Izturis left the game in the first inning with a left knee sprain. ... Toronto SS Jose Reyes and RHP Casey Janssen both left Sunday for Florida to start rehabilitation assignments with Single-A Dunedin. ... Blue Jays DH Adam Lind has hit safely in 22 of his past 23 games against the Orioles.

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