By Dhiren Mahiban and Alykhan Ravjiani
TORONTO -- The Orioles' offense came alive late, scoring a run in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings to come from behind and edge the Blue Jays, 6-5, at Rogers Centre on Thursday night.
Chris Davis flexed his muscles, going 2-for-3 with a game-tying home run in the seventh off Aaron Loup and a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning off closer Roberto Osuna to put the Orioles ahead for good and earn Baltimore its fifth consecutive victory.
"It was nice to be the guy tonight," said Davis. "I felt like the whole season I've been having good at-bats, but I haven't really been able to push through, so it was nice to come through for the guys tonight."
Manny Machado ignited the Orioles with an RBI double in the first inning, and Pedro Alvarez clubbed his sixth homer of the season for the first-place O's, who are now 5 1/2 games ahead of the hard-charging third-place Blue Jays atop the American League East. The two teams will meet six more times over their next 10 games.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits and taking a no-decision. Stroman was lifted after allowing Alvarez's homer with one out in the sixth, and the 25-year-old was visibly upset in the dugout after he was unable to get out of the sixth inning for the fourth time in five starts.
"I'm at a point now where it's just becoming frustrating," Stroman said. "I know that I'll be able to battle to kind of get it to the point I need to. Like I said, it came in spurts today. It's just a matter of taking those good points and repeating and moving on."
Orioles starter Tyler Wilson had a second consecutive rough outing but was picked up by his team's offense. The 26-year-old gave up three runs in the first inning, and allowed five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.
"I felt I battled myself a little bit from the beginning physically and, from the get-go, I didn't really command my off-speed pitches very well," said Wilson. "These guys are obviously a very good offensive team, they attack the fastball, and it's tough to beat them with the fastball, especially if you're not commanding off-speed stuff for strikes early."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Davis does it all: With the Orioles trailing, 5-4, in the seventh, Davis took Loup's 3-1 pitch deep over the left-field wall for his 13th home run of the season, tying the game at 5. The home run snapped a streak of 19 2/3 innings in which Blue Jays relievers had not surrendered a homer. Davis also had a sacrifice fly in the third to go with his game-winner in the ninth, and he made an impressive leaping grab to rob Justin Smoak in the third. More >
Starting early: The Blue Jays jumped ahead with three runs in the first inning. With runners on the corners, Edwin Encarnacion tied the game up with a sacrifice fly to deep center field for his team-leading 47th RBI of the season. Michael Saunders' double brought home Toronto's second run, and Russell Martin closed the rally with an RBI single on a 3-0 fastball.
Machado motivates before miscue: After Machado's double put the O's up, 1-0, in the first, Mark Trumbo doubled to left with two outs, but instead of running on the play, Machado held up to ensure the ball dropped, forgetting the number of outs. By the time Machado got to the plate, the Blue Jays' relay was there to meet him for the third out of the inning.
"[Machado] forgot how many outs there were," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "Of course he forgot how many outs there were. It happens. I forgot where my keys were this morning."
Bringer of triples:Josh Donaldson is known for his ability to take the ball out of the yard, but the reigning AL MVP hit his second triple in as many days. Donaldson's three-bagger cashed in Jose Bautista in the fourth and extended Toronto's lead to 5-3. He became the first Toronto player since Kelly Johnson (Aug 29-30, 2011) to record a triple in back-to-back games.
Bautista exited in the bottom of the sixth inning with right thigh tightness. He was lifted for pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera after reaching base with a two-out walk, and he is considered day to day. More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
• Since 2008, no one has hit more home runs against the Blue Jays than Davis (31). The veteran has slugged 172 home runs since 2012, which leads all Major League hitters during that span.
• Since snapping his season-high 17-inning scoreless streak, Osuna has allowed three runs in his last three innings.
When the Blue Jays dispatched of Machado at home plate with their relay in the first, the Orioles challenged the ruling on the field, but after review, the call was ruled to stand.
WHAT'S NEXT Orioles: Right-hander Kevin Gausman gets the ball on Friday night against the Blue Jays at 7:07 ET, looking for his first win of the season. The 25-year-old had a solid outing on Sunday, allowing just one earned run over seven innings while striking out five against the Yankees, but he settled for a no-decision in Baltimore's 3-1 victory.
Blue Jays: Right-hander Marco Estrada will get the ball in the second game of the four-game series. Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning his last time out against the Red Sox but came up short after surrendering a home run to Chris Young. The 32-year-old has allowed five hits or fewer in each his past eight starts.