Orioles stay alive with critical 3-1 win over Blue Jays

Orioles stay alive with critical 3-1 win over Blue Jays
September 15, 2013, 4:00 pm

The Orioles badly needed a win in Toronto on Sunday, and they held on. Miguel Gonzalez left with an injury with one out in the sixth inning and Danny Valencia hit a two-run double in the Orioles’ 3-1 win at Rogers Centre.

Trailing Tampa Bay and Texas by three games in the Wild Card race, the Orioles took two of three in Toronto. They’re off on Monday before playing three games in Boston beginning Tuesday.

Adam Lind’s second inning home run off Gonzalez, his 21st, gave Toronto (68-81) a 1-0 lead.

The Orioles (79-70) scored two runs in the third when Nick Markakis singled and Adam Jones walked. Both scored on Valencia’s two-out double off Mark Buehrle.

In the fourth, Michael Morse reached on an error by shortstop Jose Reyes with one out. Brian Roberts doubled and Markakis walked loading the bases. Buehrle walked Chris Davis to score Morse, and it was 3-1.

Buehrle (11-9) gave up three runs, two of them earned on six hits in five innings.

Gonzalez (10-7) allowed a run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out two and walking none.

Kevin Gausman relieved Gonzalez, who left with one out in the sixth, allowing a hit and walk, but pitched out of trouble.

Francisco Rodriguez got the first two outs of the seventh, then gave up a single to Brett Lawrie, a ground rule double to Edwin Encarnacion and intentionally walked Lind.

Tommy Hunter relieved K-Rod and struck out Moises Sierra to end the seventh.
Hunter pitched a perfect eighth, and Jim Johnson finished the ninth for his 45th save of the season.

NOTE: Nate McLouth left the game after he was hit in the right knee in the ninth inning by a Kyle Drabek pitch. Chris Dickerson replaced him.