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TORONTO -- Third baseman Brett Lawrie and left fielder Melky Cabrera hit three-run homers in the eighth inning to break a tie and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer for the Orioles and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion belted a three-run shot for the Blue Jays to leave the score tied at 3 after six innings.

Designated hitter Juan Francisco led off the Jays' eighth with a single against right-handed reliever Evan Meek (0-1). Center fielder Colby Rasmus walked before Lawrie connected on a 1-1 pitch for his fourth homer of the season to give Toronto a 6-3 lead.

Cabrera's fifth homer of the season came against right-handed reliever Josh Stinson after singles by catcher Josh Thole and shortstop Jose Reyes.

Right-handed reliever Steve Delabar (2-0), who entered in the top of the eighth, picked up the win. Right-hander Esmil Rogers pitched the ninth, allowing two hits.

Neither starter figured in the decision. Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey allowed six hits, three walks and three runs while striking out six in six-plus innings.

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez gave up three runs (two earned), four hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Cruz hit his fourth homer of the season with none out in the sixth to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead. Second baseman Steve Lombardozzi led off with a shallow fly that dropped in front of Cabrera for a double. Right fielder Nick Markakis walked to bring up Cruz, who hit a 1-1 pitch to left center.

The Orioles loaded the bases with a pair of two-out walks and a hit batter before Dickey finished the inning.

The Blue Jays (11-9) came back with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to tie it at 3. Encarnacion hit a 1-1 pitch to the second level in center field to score Cabrera, who started the inning by reaching first on Lombardozzi's error, and right fielder Jose Bautista, who singled.

After Gonzalez hit Lawrie with a pitch, left-hander T.J. McFarland entered the game and allowed a walk before ending the inning.

The Orioles (9-10) opened the seventh with a single by Lombardozzi that dropped in front of Cabrera and a ground-rule double by Markakis that Rasmus could not run down.

Right-hander Neil Wagner retired one batter before being replaced by left-hander Brett Cecil, who walked Orioles first baseman Chris Davis to load the bases before striking out center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Steve Clevenger to end the threat.

Clevenger had the first two hits for the Orioles, a second-inning double and a fifth-inning single.

The Blue Jays had a second-inning double from Thole and a fourth-inning triple from Francisco.

NOTES: The Orioles recalled LHP T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk and designated for assignment INF/OF Steve Pearce, who was 1-for-7 in three games at Baltimore. ... The Blue Jays claimed OF Darin Mastroianni off waivers from the Minnesota Twins and optioned him to Triple-A Buffalo. Mastroianni, a 16th-round draft pick by the Blue Jays in 2007, was 0-for-11 for the Twins this season. ... OF Kenny Wilson, who was batting .210 with one homer and eight RBI at Double-A New Hampshire, was designated for assignment to make room for Mastroianni on the 40-man roster. Wilson was a second-round draft pick in 2008 by the Blue Jays. ...Orioles C Matt Wieters did not start Tuesday because of slight forearm soreness but should return Wednesday. ... Orioles SS J.J. Hardy (hamstring) did not start for the second straight game but could be back on Wednesday. ... RHP Chris Tillman (1-0, 1.71 ERA) will start for Baltimore against Toronto RHP Dustin McGowan (1-1, 4.85) on Wednesday.
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