BALTIMORE — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and drove in three runs, Mark Buehrle threw six innings of four-hit ball and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 10-2 Tuesday night.
Encarnacion tied the game with a solo shot in the sixth inning and capped a four-run seventh with a drive off Tommy Hunter. It was his 19th career two-homer game and second this season — both against Baltimore.
Josh Donaldson also homered and Ryan Goins had three hits for the Blue Jays, who scored the game’s final 10 runs.
Buehrle (5-2) gave up two runs in beating the Orioles for the third time this season. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA against Baltimore and 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA against everyone else.
Jimmy Paredes drove in two runs and Manny Machado had three hits for the last-place Orioles, who have lost six of eight.
It was the Orioles’ second straight home game following a two-week stretch in which they did not play before their fans because of rioting in the city. After wearing jerseys with “Baltimore” scripted across the front Monday, the team returned to its customary “Orioles” home jerseys, and the crowd of 17,319 kept the focus on baseball.
Last-place Baltimore did not play well in any facets of the game. The offence managed only two hits after the third inning, the defence committed three errors — all on throws — and four pitchers yielded 13 hits.
Chris Tillman (2-5) gave up five runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings and hit two batters. The right-hander has lost four straight starts and is 0-3 against Toronto this year.
In the seventh, a throwing error and a single by Donaldson made it 3-2. Jose Bautista doubled and Donaldson scored on a passed ball before Encarnacion hit his seventh home run of the season.
The Blue Jays added four unearned runs in the eighth.
Blue Jays: Bautista (shoulder) still hasn’t played in the field since April 21, but he has been valuable as a DH. “He’s one of the centerpieces of our lineup,” manager John Gibbons said.
Orioles: C Matt Wieters (elbow) caught nine innings in extending spring training Tuesday, and remains on course to be activated off the 60-day DL on June 4. … RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder inflammation) said an MRI was clean, and he hopes to start throwing on flat ground this week.
Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62 ERA) gets his third start of the season against the Orioles in the series finale Wednesday night.
Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.57 ERA) is 6-2 lifetime against the Jays, the only AL East team he hasn’t faced this season.
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press