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TORONTO - Munenori Kawasaki hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning to cap a four-run rally as the Toronto Blue Jays came back to defeat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 on Sunday and salvage a split in the four-game series.

The runs came against Orioles closer Jim Johnson (2-5) who had his fourth blown save opportunity in his past five attempts.

After the Orioles scored twice in the ninth against Steve Delabar (4-1) to take a 5-2 lead, Edwin Encarnacion doubled to start the home ninth and Adam Lind singled him to third.

J.P. Arencibia singled to right, his third hit of the game, to score Encarnacion and move Lind to third. Anthony Gose walked with one out to load the bases. Mark DeRosa's grounder to shortstop forced Gose at second but scored a run to cut the lead to 5-4.

Kawasaki then lined a double into the gap in left center. It was his third hit in the game and he had three RBIs.

Adam Jones hit a home run for the fourth successive game and Matt Wieters had four hits and three runs batted for the Orioles.

The Blue Jays (21-29) won the first and the fourth games of the series with the Orioles (27-23).

Miguel Gonzalez allowed four hits, three walks and one run while striking out a season-best seven in 5 2/3 innings and still has not won since April 23.

Blue Jays starter Chad Jenkins allowed eight hits in his five inning but was able to limit the damage to two runs before a crowd of 28,502 at Rogers Centre.

It was the right-hander's first start in two weeks when he earned a win over the Boston Red Sox after being promoted from Double-A New Hampshire.

Jenkins had three walks on Sunday, but two of them were intentional to Chris Davis.

Jenkins walked the first batter of the game, Nate McLouth, but Jenkins doubled him off first after Manny Machado lined out to the pitcher. Nick Markakis beat out an infield single but was thrown out trying to score on a double to left by Jones who has a 16-game hitting streak against the Blue Jays dating to Aug. 24, 2012.

Wieters with a double and Danny Valencia with a groundout drove in second-inning runs for the Orioles scoring Davis who doubled and J.J. Hardy who singled.

Lind singled, Arencibia doubled and Brett Lawrie hit a sacrifice fly to center to cut Baltimore's lead to 2-1. Jones preserved the Orioles lead with a spectacular catch in center field as he ran out toward the wall on Gose's drive that was hit over his head.

Jones increased the lead to 3-1 with his 10th homer of the season with one out in the seventh. He hit the first pitch to him from left-hander Aaron Loup. It was his ninth homer of the season at Rogers Centre since the start of the 2012 season, the most by any visiting player in that time.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases in the seventh with two out in the seventh on a walk to Melky Cabrera and singles by Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. But Lind popped out to center against Tommy Hunter.

Arencibia singled and Hunter hit Lawrie with a pitch to start the Blue Jays' eighth. Gose struck out but pinch-hitter Colby Rasmus walked to load the bases. One run scored when Kawasaki lined a single off the glove of second baseman Alexi Casilla. Cabrera's grounder to first resulted in Lawrie being forced at home and Bautista bounced sharply back to the pitcher to end the inning.

The Orioles loaded the bases against Delabar with one out in the ninth and Wieters hit a two-run double to increase the lead to three runs.

NOTES: Gose who was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on May 20 got the start in center field in place of Rasmus on Sunday. ... Markakis extended his hit streak to 11 games with an infield single in the first inning and a single in the fifth. ... The Blue Jays conclude their nine-game home stand with two games against the Atlanta Braves starting Monday when left-hander Mark Buehrle (1-3, 5.90 ERA) will face right-hander Tim Hudson (4-3, 4.98). ... The Orioles visit the Washington Nationals for a four-game series starting on Monday and will start right-hander Jason Hammel (6-2, 5.37 ERA) against left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-2, 3.66).

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