Orioles-Blue Jays Preview


The Toronto Blue Jays used some late-inning heroics to extend their longest win streak in five years. Chien-Ming Wang will try to help his team skip the drama in its next game.

The right-hander will look to lead the Blue Jays to a 10th straight victory with another strong outing Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles.

After blowing an early lead in Friday's series opener, Toronto got an unexpected tying home run from Munenori Kawasaki in the seventh inning.

The shortstop's two-run shot was his first homer in 118 career games, and Rajai Davis provided the game-ending single in a 7-6 victory. Kawasaki, filling in for an injured Jose Reyes, drove in three runs and has eight of his 17 RBIs in eight games against the Orioles (42-32).

The nine-game win streak is the longest for the Blue Jays (36-36) since a 10-game run Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2008. Toronto won a franchise-best 11 in a row in 1987 and 1998.

"We've definitely come back to life, that's for sure," manager John Gibbons said.

Wang (1-0, 3.14 ERA) will try to build on his superb second start with the Blue Jays, a 7-2 win in Texas on Sunday. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings in his first victory in a little more than a year and contributed to his team's 1.87 ERA during the win streak.

"We didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you," Gibbons said. "He was one of the best in the game with (the New York Yankees from 2005-09). We got some good reports on him, otherwise he wouldn't be here. To be honest, he's pitching better than I expected of him."

The Blue Jays will be trying to move above .500 for the first time since July 29 and get closer to climbing out of last place in the AL East as they face Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.75).

The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his last three starts and 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in his past three against the Blue Jays. He yielded one run over 5 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup May 26 in Toronto, but closer Jim Johnson gave up four runs in the ninth in a 6-5 loss.

Baltimore enters this game having won eight of 12 and with one of the hottest power hitters in Chris Davis. The first baseman has seven of his major league-best 27 homers in the past nine games, driving in 17 runs over that stretch.

"Chris is in a good place," manager Buck Showalter said.

Davis has three home runs in his last five games against Toronto and a pair of doubles in three at-bats versus Wang.

Adam Lind, who hit his fourth homer in six contests Friday, is batting .476 (20 for 42) with two home runs during an 11-game hit streak against Baltimore. He's 5 for 11 (.455) against Gonzalez.

The Blue Jays will try to win five straight at home for the first time since Sept. 23-27, 2010. That run included a three-game sweep of Baltimore.