Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles

TOR
11
BAL
3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
TOR 1 0 0 2 0 5 0 3 0 11 17 1
BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 0

Toronto pounded out 17 hits to back Mark Buehrle, who allowed one run over seven innings to improve his record to 3-0 this season. Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus went deep for Toronto.

0:57 | April 13, 2014 | Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, MLB, Toronto Blue Jays

Game Information
Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland
Attendance: 39,281

BALTIMORE (AP) When the Toronto Blue Jays broke out their two-week slump at the plate, nothing could stop them from circling the bases - except a gaffe by an overeager ball girl.

Jose Bautista launched a three-run homer and Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie added solo shots as the Blue Jays set season highs for runs and hits Sunday to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-3 Sunday.

"We figured it was a matter of time and we knew it was going to happen," manager John Gibbons said. "We know we have a good lineup."

"It was a good all-around effort," he said.

A ball girl at Camden Yards turned in an excellent effort, too. But too bad for her, it came on a ball that was still in play.

It was 1-all in the fourth when Adam Lind walked on four pitches and Edwin Encarnacion hit a hard grounder down the third base line. The ball girl near the left-field seats quickly ran to field it, making a neat pickup.

She took delight in her play until she realized sheepishly that she interfered with a live ball, which forced Lind to stop at third on the ground-rule double.

Dioner Navarro followed with a run-scoring groundout and Jonathan Diaz executed a perfect suicide squeeze on a pitch that came in at eye level.

Encarnacion, Lind and Rasmus each got three of the Blue Jays' 17 hits, and six different players had RBIs. Toronto had scored four runs or fewer in 10 of its first 12 games.

Mark Buehrle (3-0) gave up one run on five hits, walked none and struck out two over seven innings. The left-hander has allowed only two runs in 21 innings, an 0.86 ERA.

"It means I'm getting really lucky and I'm fooling a lot of people," Buehrle said. "I don't know what's going on."

Chris Davis hit his first homer of the season for Baltimore, an eighth-inning drive off Esmil Rogers. Davis had a major league-leading 53 home runs last year.

Matt Wieters also connected for the Orioles, who scored only five runs in losing two of three to Toronto.

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3) allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3 innings in his third straight ineffective start. Signed to a four-year contract as a free agent in February, the right-hander has yielded 23 hits in 16 innings and owns a 7.31 ERA.

"You want to win, you want to be there for your team," Jimenez said. "But I know it's part of the game. I can't give up, I can't put my head down and feel sorry for myself. I have to keep working hard and find a way to be there."

Toronto pulled away with a five-run seventh, its biggest inning of the year. Lawrie hit a solo shot before Rasmus and Encarnacion hit two-run doubles off Josh Stinson.

Bautista connected in the eighth against Stinson to make it 11-1. Five of his nine hits this year are home runs.

In addition to hitting the ball hard, the Blue Jays played sound defense. Rasmus deftly chased down two flyballs in center and Lawrie made a sensational stop and throw at third base to rob Jonathan Schoop of a hit in the fifth inning.

"(Buehrle) had some defense behind him," Gibbons said. "He pitches to contact. They hit some balls deep but he kept them in the ballpark."

Rasmus put Toronto up 1-0 in the first inning with his second home run in two games, a towering drive that became the 78th in the 23-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street beyond the right field wall.

Baltimore pulled even in the bottom half when Nick Markakis singled and scored on a groundout by Adam Jones. But the Orioles wasted a leadoff double by Steve Pearce in the second, leaving them 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

"As an offense, we definitely want to score some more runs early in the game," Davis said. "When you go up there and put up a run early, you've got to continue to score runs. Tip your hat to Buehrle. He's been around. He knows how to pitch. He used our aggressiveness against us today."

NOTES: Toronto 2B Maicer Izturis was put on the DL after the game with a sprained left knee. ... The Blue Jays have Monday off before opening a three-game series in Minnesota. The Orioles send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound Monday night in the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay. ... Jones reached on an infield single in the third inning for his 1,000th career hit. ... Toronto's Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 13 games, longest in franchise history to start a season. ... Bautista has reached in all 13 games either by hit or walk.

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Pitcher Matchup
Mark Buehrle
Innings Pitched:7 (Win)
H 5, R 1, 0.86 ERA
Ubaldo Jimenez
(Loss) Innings Pitched:5.1
H 10, R 5, 7.31 ERA
 

Baltimore batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Nick Markakis RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .269
Steve Clevenger C 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .200
Delmon Young LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .400
David Lough LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Adam Jones CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .261
Chris Davis 1B 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .279
Ryan Flaherty 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .152
Matt Wieters C 4 1 1 1 0 1 3 .324
Steve Pearce 1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .143
J.J. Hardy SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208
Steve Lombardozzi 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .275
Jonathan Schoop 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .244

Toronto batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Melky Cabrera LF 6 2 2 0 0 2 2 .328
Colby Rasmus CF 4 2 3 3 0 1 0 .217
Moises Sierra RF 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .091
Jose Bautista RF 5 1 2 3 0 0 2 .225
Adam Lind 1B 3 2 3 0 2 0 0 .313
Edwin Encarnacion 1B 4 1 3 2 1 0 2 .220
Erik Kratz C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200
Dioner Navarro C 5 0 0 1 0 0 5 .234
Maicer Izturis 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Jonathan Diaz SS 4 0 0 1 0 0 2 .174
Brett Lawrie 3B 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 .122
Ryan Goins SS 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 .107

Baltimore pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 5.1 10 5 5 2 3 98-57 7.31
Josh Stinson 2 7 6 6 1 0 49-26 7.88
Ryan Webb 1 0 0 0 0 0 9-6 6.75
Brian Matusz 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 11-6 7.36

Toronto pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Mark Buehrle 7 5 1 1 0 2 91-62 0.86
Esmil Rogers 2 3 2 2 0 2 39-28 6.48