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BALTIMORE -- Matt Wieters homered and drove in two runs, and starter Miguel Gonzalez gave up two hits in seven innings as the Baltimore Orioles posted a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

Wieters hit a solo homer in the second inning and added a sacrifice fly in the third. Nick Markakis drove in the other Baltimore run with a double in the third that snapped a 1-1 tie.

Gonzalez (11-8) turned in one of his best efforts this season in his final start. He gave up one unearned run and two hits through seven innings, retiring 12 in a row and 15 of the last 16 batters he faced. He left with a 3-1 lead.

Tommy Hunter came on for Gonzalez in the eighth and gave up singles to Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes to start the inning. Pillar moved to third on an Adam Jones running catch of a Munenori Kawasaki liner to left center.

Brett Lawrie followed by lining a double to right that scored Pillar and sent Reyes to third. Hunter then settled down and struck out Moises Sierra and Anthony Gose to end the inning.

Jim Johnson came on in the ninth for his American League-best 48th save.

The Orioles helped Toronto take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when left fielder Jason Pridie dropped Sierra's two-out fly ball. The error allowed Kawasaki to score all the way from first.

Baltimore tied it when Wieters led off the second with a solo homer.

The Orioles added two runs in the third. Nick Markakis broke the tie with an RBI double to left that scored Brian Roberts from first. Markakis later scored on a Wieters sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead.

The Orioles knocked starter Mark Buehrle out of the game in the fourth when Steve Pearce lined a shot off Buehrle's right calf. Buehrle raced over to pick up the ball and throw out Pearce, but Chad Jenkins replaced the left-hander, who sustained a contusion.

Buehrle never really found a good rhythm before he departed. He gave up three runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.

NOTES: Orioles 1B Chris Davis had the night off because of a sore right foot that bothered him lately. ... The Orioles also said OF Chris Dickerson (hamstring) and 2B Alexi Casilla (sore head/jammed thumb) likely won't play any more this season because of the injuries. ... Even though 1B Adam Lind has been hot lately, the Blue Jays held him out of the lineup because of problems with a sore back. Lind is hitting .315 in his last 15 games. ... The Blue Jays selected the contract of OF Ryan Langerhans from Triple-A Buffalo before the game. They transferred LHP Brett Cecil (left elbow) to the 60-day disabled list from the 15-day DL. ... The Orioles won the season series 10-9. ... Toronto now has lost four of its last five games.
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