Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2 (10 innings)

The SportsXchange

BALTIMORE -- Mark DeRosa drove in the tying run in the eighth inning and hit an RBI single in the 10th inning Tuesday night to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 3-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, who were eliminated from postseason contention.

The Orioles (81-76) suffered their sixth consecutive loss, crushing their flickering playoff hopes. The Blue Jays (72-85) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Jose Reyes started the winning rally with a one-out walk off Francisco Rodriguez (2-1) in the top of the 10th. Munenori Kawasaki moved Reyes to second with a single to center.

Reyes narrowly avoided being picked off second by Rodriguez -- although replays appeared to show the Toronto shortstop was out. He went to third on Brett Lawrie's forceout and scored when DeRosa lined a single to right.

Sergio Santos (1-2) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth. Casey Janssen closed it in the 10th to earn his 34th save this season, with DeRosa ending the game by grabbing a Nick Markakis liner at first base.

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman shut down the Jays for seven innings. He gave up just one run on five hits and struck out nine with just one walk.

Toronto rallied in the eighth when Reyes led off with a single against Kevin Gausman, went to second on a Kawasaki sacrifice and to third in a wild pitch. Brian Matusz came on to face pinch hitter DeRosa, who blooped a game-tying single to right field.

The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second thanks to a few unusual bounces. After Adam Lind's leadoff single, Anthony Gose lined a hit to left field that took a strange hop and got past Nate McLouth for a double.

That put runners on second and third with one out. With two outs, Ryan Goins hit a grounder that deflected off Tillman for an infield single, bringing home Lind for a 1-0 lead.

Baltimore answered with back-to-back solo homers in the third. Brian Roberts led off with a blast to right, and McLouth followed two pitches later with a shot to right to put the Orioles on top 2-1.

NOTES: The Orioles received good news before the game when they found out that 3B Manny Machado's left knee injury wasn't as bad as originally feared. Machada had an MRI and met with doctors who determined the ACL and MCL were fine but that Machado suffered a torn medial patellofemoral ligament. The plan now is for no surgery and a six- to eight-week recovery time for rest, rehab and strengthening exercises. ... The back-to-back homers were the third set for the Orioles this season. Two of the occurrences were against the Blue Jays....Toronto will finish with a losing record on the road for the 10th consecutive year. ... Blue Jays RHP Casey Janssen began the night with the best save percentage in the American League, 94.3 percent (33 of 35).
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