Jays' Bautista gets payback in light O'Day

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- Darren O'Day got his say on Friday night after he struck out Jose Bautista to end the seventh inning. Jose Bautista got the last say on Saturday. It was sweet.
Bautista hit a 3-and-2 pitch with two out in the eighth inning for a two-run home run off O'Day that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
It gave the Blue Jays a 10-game winning streak, their longest since Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2008, when they also won 10 in a row.
Bautista said he could not hear what O'Day said to him after Friday's strikeout and was concentrating more on winning the game when he faced him Saturday.
"I wasn't too concerned about that," said Bautista, who has 16 home runs on the season. "I was just concerned about having a good at-bat for the team and trying to make something happen.
"We have a great streak going on; obviously we want to continue it so my focus was entirely on that."
O'Day did not comment on what he said the night before but did talk about the home run pitch.
"Every at-bat against him is a tough at-bat," O'Day said. "I made a terrible pitch. If I make a good pitch, he's probably out. I lost us the game."
Bautista could not remember a previous incident with O'Day.
"That's what caught me off guard," Bautista said. "I don't have a problem when pitchers celebrate getting out of a big inning, but when he's standing out there and yelling stuff and you can't hear what he's saying, it upset me a little bit."
Bautista had a few words for O'Day as well.
"I told him to keep talking like he did (Friday)," he said. "Because he ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out. I don't know where that came from, but I didn't appreciate that and I let him know that (Friday), plus a little reminder today that I didn't appreciate it."
"These things happen in baseball all the time, all on all teams," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "You get out there in the heat of competition at this level, it's not really unusual."
Maicer Izturis gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead with a home run in the fifth, but the Orioles tied it in the top of the eighth on a home run by Taylor Teagarden, his second of the season, against left-hander Darren Oliver (3-1).
Orioles' right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (5-3), who held the Blue Jays to three hits, three walks and three runs over 7 1/3 innings after coming back from paternity leave, took the loss.
Gonzalez was replaced by O'Day after Munenori Kawasaki singled with one out in the eighth.
Rajai Davis, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in left field, forced Kawasaki at second for the second out. But Bautista, who is 15-for-78 in June, did not miss a pitch on a full count that was up in the zone and hit a laser to left that he was not sure would stay fair.
"After I got two strikes, I was just trying to get a pitch to hit," he said. "I was just trying to keep my swing short, look for something elevated because he keeps the ball down pretty well.
"I was lucky that he kind of threw that up in the strike zone and I'm sure he's going to tell you guys that he missed his spot."
Said Teagarden: "At that point, he had seen most of O'Day's pitches. The last pitch was just over the plate, it's a pitch Bautista can handle and he hit it out of the ballpark. That's what he's paid to do."
Casey Janssen pitched the ninth to earn his 17th save.
The Blue Jays are 14-4 in June after a slow start to a season that held great expectations after a busy offseason.
"It was a given," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "With all the money they spent and they things they did, you knew they were going to be competitive and get to their track record."
Blue Jays right-hander Chien-Ming Wang held the Orioles to five hits, no walks and one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings in his third start for Toronto .
The Blue Jays (37-36) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a wild pitch that allowed Melky Cabrera to score from third. Cabrera led off with a walk and took third on Adam Lind's single.
The Orioles (42-33) tied the game, 1-1, in the fifth on a single by Travis Ishikawa. It scored Chris Davis, who reached first on an error by second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and took second on J.J. Hardy's chopper to shortstop.
Izturis put the Blue Jays back into the lead on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth when he slammed his fifth home run of the season over the right-field fence.
"He's got some sneaky power and we've seen that before," Gibbons said. "He's not necessarily a home run hitter, but if you make a mistake or leave a ball up he can put a charge into one."
NOTES: Adam Lind's first-inning single extended his hitting streak against the Orioles to 12 games and he has reached base in 19 of his last 20 games against the Orioles. ... Lind has reached base in 21 of his last 24 starts overall. ... The Orioles put OF Steve Pearce (left wrist tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Thursday. ... The last time the Blue Jays were above .500 was July 29, 2012, when they were 51-50. ... Orioles CF Adam Jones was 0-for-4 to end his 17-game hit streak against the Blue Jays. ... RHP Josh Johnson (0-2, 4.38 ERA) will start the series finale Sunday against Baltimore RHP Freddy Garcia (3-4, 4.80 ERA).

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