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BALTIMORE -- Toronto Blue Jays starter Dustin McGowan threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Blue Jays took advantage of several miscues by the Baltimore Orioles for a 2-0 victory in the first of their three-game series Friday.

McGowan (1-1) bounced back from his previous shaky outing and allowed five hits with two strikeouts and one walk on 90 pitches. It was just his second start since Sept. 26, 2011.

A pair of throwing errors by Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop paved the way for both of Toronto's runs. Schoop is filling in for the injured Manny Machado, who was an All-Star last season.

Orioles starter Chris Tillman (1-1) took the hard-luck loss. He allowed two runs (both unearned) on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk over eight innings and 105 pitches. Tillman also lowered his ERA from 1.35 to 0.84.

McGowan was much sharper than he was in his initial start April 4 against the Yankees, when he allowed four runs on eight hits and lasted just 2 2/3 innings. He had much better command against the Orioles (4-6) and did not allow a hit until the third inning when Schoop reached on a dribbler up the third-base line.

Sergio Santos picked up his fourth save for Toronto (6-5).

The wind was blowing in from center field and hard-hit balls by the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones that initially appeared to be on their way out of the yard died on the warning track.

So it was only fitting the game's first runs came on ground balls and miscues.

Schoop committed errors on sharp grounders by right fielder Jose Bautista and first baseman Adam Lind in the fourth inning, allowing the Blue Jays to take a 1-0 lead. Toronto scored again that inning when shortstop Ryan Flaherty threw the ball in the dirt to first base on a potential, inning-ending double play. Neither run was earned.

The Orioles threatened in the fifth when they loaded the bases on consecutive singles by right fielder Nick Markakis, designated hitter Delmon Young and Davis with two outs. However, Jones lined out to center to end the threat.

Notes: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters went 0-for-3, snapping an 8-game hitting streak, which had been the longest of his career. ...Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy was a late scratch because of back spasms. He has not been in the starting lineup in six of the past seven games. ... Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes, who injured his hamstring in his first at-bat of the season, ran sprints prior to the game and is hoping to return later this month. ... Toronto center fielder Melky Cabrera singled in the eighth, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. ... The Blue Jays entered the game ranked third in the American League with 12 home runs.

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