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Orioles 7, Blue Jays 4

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BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's Chris Davis homered for the fourth consecutive game, extending his major league lead to 37, and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Sunday.

Davis tied Reggie Jackson for the most home runs in the American League before the All Star Game. He also had four RBI and became the sixth player in major league history since 1939 to have 93 or more before the break.

With the victory, the Orioles took two of three games against struggling Blue Jays, who have lost 13 of their past 20 games.

Scott Feldman (1-1), who was acquired by the Orioles on July 2 for right-hander Jake Arrieta and lefty Pedro Strop, picked up his first win for Baltimore, allowing three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over 7 1/3 innings.

Adam Jones also got his 19th home run and knocked in two runs for the Orioles. Jones went 6-for-9 in the series with three homers and six RBI.

Toronto starter Josh Johnson (1-5) had another shaky outing and allowed seven runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and one walk over six innings.

Maicer Izturis had three RBI for the Blue Jays, who head into the break as the only team in the American League East with less than 50 wins.

Johnson struggled early against Baltimore's explosive lineup. He allowed the Orioles to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Jones and J.J. Hardy and a double by Davis that scored two runners.

Davis then extended the lead to 6-0 with a two-run homer to left-center in the third. The Blue Jays were able to cut the deficit to 6-2 on a two-RBI single by Izturis in the fourth, but Feldman remained in control. Jones homered in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-2.

Tommy Hunter entered in the eighth and allowed an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion that pulled Toronto to within four. Izturis provided another RBI single off Hunter in the ninth before Jim Johnson closed out the game for Baltimore.

NOTES: Blue Jays RHP J.A. Happ began his rehab assignment Saturday in the Gulf Coast League and pitched four innings, allowing four hits and two runs (both unearned). ... Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil and RHP Steve Delabar head to New York after Sunday's game against the Orioles for this year's All-Star Game. It marks the first time that a team has sent two relievers to the All-Star Game when neither one has more than one save. ... Orioles RHP Chris Tillman was named to the American League All-Star team Sunday. He is replacing Justin Verlander, who made his regularly scheduled start for the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. ... Orioles DH Chris Dickerson was back in the lineup for the first time since he strained his shoulder Thursday in batting practice Wednesday. ... J.J. Hardy joined Cal Ripken, Miguel Tejada and Mike Bordick as only Orioles shortstops with at least 60 homers and 200 RBI.
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