TORONTO -- The Orioles overcame a Blue Jays comeback with a late charge of their own, en route to a 13-9 victory in the series finale at Rogers Centre on Sunday. With the game knotted at 9 and Toronto closer Brett Cecil in to hold things, the Orioles drew back-to-back walks before J.J. Hardy swatted a go-ahead single up the middle to plate Chris Davis and put Baltimore ahead. Ryan Flaherty followed with a two-run triple and Manny Machado hit an RBI single for extra insurance, as the Orioles took the rubber match between the American League East rivals.
"It's a day game and the ball is flying, you know a lot of runs are going be scored," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after watching his team rally. "You just want to have a chance at the end. ... Nolan [Reimold] had a big walk, J.J.'s two-out single kind of knocked the wind into us and [took] a little from them."
On a day when both starting pitchers lasted only 1 1/3 innings, Toronto and Baltimore muscled up in a game that early on became a battle of the bats and bullpens. The two sides combined for five homers, while using a total of 13 relief pitchers. Davis and Jimmy Paredes went deep for the Orioles, while Ezequiel Carrera, Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista hit homers in a losing cause for the Blue Jays.
The O's appeared to put the game out of reach early with a seven-run second inning off Blue Jays starter Scott Copeland. But Toronto responded with a six-run frame of their own in the home half, as they chased Baltimore starter Chris Tillman from the game, making it 7-6 after two innings.
Bautista came through with a timely two-run shot in the fourth to give the Blue Jays a 9-7 advantage. But Davis hammered a solo shot in the fifth to bring the Orioles to within a run, before Hardy singled to score Travis Snider in the seventh, putting the teams back on equal footing.
"Their bullpen shut us down late, we didn't shut them down," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
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O's late-inning offense, again: For the second consecutive game, the Orioles' lineup delivered a game-winning rally in the ninth. After Hardy's one-out hit broke the 9-9 tie, Flaherty sent a ball deep into center field for a two-run triple off Cecil. Machado added an additional insurance run off Ryan Tepera. Sunday's output marked the second time in six games the Orioles had totaled double-digit runs.
"They didn't give up," Hardy said of the Blue Jays. "Obviously, they scored six runs after we scored seven. It was just big. They didn't give up, we didn't give up. It was one of those games where we're just fighting to the end. ... It turned out to be that way. You wouldn't have thought so after we scored seven runs, but they were fighting and we had to fight, too."
Bautista leads Blue Jays' homer parade: Bautista unleashed a two-run shot in the fourth to break a 7-7 tie, putting Toronto ahead for the first time. It was the Blue Jays' third homer of the day, as well as Bautista's 14th of the season and seventh of June. Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back homers in the second to give the Blue Jays some life, as they began their climb back from what was at one point a 7-0 deficit. More >
Reyes' missed grab: The Blue Jays' shortstop appeared to back off Hardy's chopper up the middle that ended up scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth. With runners on the corners and one away, Hardy sent his shot toward the hole, as Reyes charged across the field. But he slowed and didn't attempt to make a play, as the ball bounced into center field, allowing Davis to score. Reyes said he thought second baseman Munenori Kawasaki was in position to field the ball as the play unfolded.
"I got a little bit confused, but that's no excuse," Reyes said. "That should be a double play there. Cecil would be out of the inning. No excuse."
Tillman's troubles: The righty went just 1 1/3 innings -- watching a seven-run lead shrink, as he surrendered six runs, including a pair of homers.
"I left too many pitches over the plate -- even in the first inning, [I] got three quick outs but everything was center cut," Tillman said. "I was never able to make the adjustment to make my pitch, instead leaving it right in the heart of the plate."
In 14 starts this season, Tillman has a 6.22 ERA and his four shortest starts have come against Toronto. In four games versus the Jays, Tillman has a 15.00 ERA. More >
"These last two [games] here were big, just considering this team over there has been playing so good. This was a big series for us. Two big games," -- Hardy, on the Orioles' series win
"It's gonna be painful, the flight to Tampa. We need to put it in the past. If we carry the game today into the game tomorrow, that's not gonna be good for us. -- Reyes, on the Blue Jays' loss
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With the win, Showalter tied Cap Anson for 32nd on the all-time managerial wins list (1,295).
Gibbons is still one win away from reaching the 500-win mark for his career.
Gibbons lost his challenge in the sixth inning, after a close play at first base. Toronto right-hander Liam Hendriks tried to pick off Machado -- and it nearly worked, but the O's third baseman's hand touched the bag a split second before Justin Smoak applied the tag. Gibbons used his challenge and after a brief delay, the call on the field was confirmed.
Gibbons challenged again in the eighth, after Machado reached first on an infield single. The question appeared to be whether or not Machado made a move for second base after he ran through the bag at first -- and whether or not Smoak tagged him as he dived back. After a review that lasted 1 minute, 33 seconds, the call on the field stood and Machado was safe.
The O's also challenged whether Paredes was hit by a pitch in the eighth, but the call stood, saying the Orioles' designated hitter was not hit.
Orioles: Baltimore will have an off-day on Monday in Boston before starting a three-game series against the last-place Red Sox on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Fenway Park. Ubaldo Jimenez will get the ball for the opener opposite righty Joe Kelly.
Blue Jays: Toronto hits the road for a three-game series against the Rays. Drew Hutchison will start for the Blue Jays on Monday at 7:10. The right-hander carries a 6-1 record into the game, but that's been largely a by-product of his team-best 7.2 runs of support per game, as Hutchison's ERA is 5.33