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Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

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TORONTO -- Danny Valencia smacked a two-run double to help the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 at the Rogers Centre Sunday.

The Orioles (79-70), who entered Sunday 3 1/2 games back of the American League wild card spot, took two of three from the Blue Jays (68-81), winning their first road series since Aug. 9-11 in San Francisco.

Trailing 1-0 in the third, Baltimore got to Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle with two outs as Valencia doubled to left field, scoring Nick Markakis and Adam Jones and giving the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

Baltimore added to its lead in the fourth. After Mike Morse reached on an error by Jose Reyes, Buehrle walked Chris Davis with the bases loaded, scoring Morse from third.

Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins managed to prevent the floodgates from opening with a diving grab on an Jones' grounder up the middle to end the inning.

Toronto threatened in the seventh. After Brett Lawrie reached with a two-out single, Edwin Encarnacion doubled to the right field corner. Baltimore reliever Francisco Rodriguez then walked Adam Lind to load the bases for Moises Sierra, who struck out to end the inning.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson picked up his 45th save in the win.

Buehrle (11-9) went five innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out four and walking three. Buehrle is 5 2/3 innings shy of his 13th straight season of at least 30 starts, 200 innings pitched and double-digit victories.

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left the game in the fifth inning with a right groin strain. Gonzalez (10-7) went 5 2/3 innings pitched and allowed an earned run while striking out two.

Gonzalez's lone blemish came in the second inning as Lind opened the game's scoring, taking Gonzalez's 3-2 pitch to the second deck in right field for his 21st home run of the season.

Notes: Baltimore entered Sunday's game searching for its first road series win against an A.L. East opponent since taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox April 8-11. ... Orioles third baseman Manny Machado picked up his league-leading 50th double Saturday. It's the second-most in MLB history by a player 20 years old or younger. ... Blue Jays CF Colby Rasmus, who had home runs in each of his first two games since returning from the disabled list, was given the day off Sunday to rest overall soreness. ... Orioles 1B Chris Davis had a 12-game hitting streak against the Blue Jays snapped.
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