TORONTO (AP) — Brandon Morrow's solid finish is giving the struggling Blue Jays a bright spot in an otherwise sour September.
Rookie Adeiny Hechavarria drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single, Rajai Davis homered and had three RBIs and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.
Morrow, who didn't figure in the decision, allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six.
"Morrow for me is one of the best pitchers in the league," Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds said. "He's tough man. He runs it up there 96 or 97 with a nice, hard slider."
Morrow missed 65 games in June, July and August after suffering a strained muscle in his left side, but has shown no ill effects in three starts since returning Aug. 25 at Baltimore.
The right-hander, who had won seven of nine starts before leaving injured in the first inning of a June 11 loss to Washington, spoke about his success in trying to "regain the confidence and feeling" he'd had prior to landing on the disabled list.
"I'm feeling like I came back in pretty much the same spot," Morrow said.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter heaped praise on Morrow for holding the streaking Orioles in check.
"The key was Morrow, he was outstanding," Showalter said.
Reynolds said Morrow was able to reach back for a little extra when he needed it.
"It seemed like in big spots he really humped up and was throwing really hard and locating real well," Reynolds said.
Steve Delabar (4-1) worked one inning of relief for the win as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game slide and ended Baltimore's winning streak at three.
"We just hope this could be the next winning streak for us," Davis said. "A long one, not a short one."
Baltimore's loss, combined with New York's 6-4 win at Tampa Bay, dropped the Orioles one game behind the Yankees as they prepare to open a four-game series against New York on Thursday night at Camden Yards.
"It's fun, I'm looking forward to it," Reynolds said. "This whole weekend should be a great time."
After an off-day Monday, the Orioles host the Rays for three. Tampa Bay is currently 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore in both the AL East standings and the wild card race.
Adam Jones hit a solo home run and Reynolds added a two-run drive off Casey Janssen in the ninth, his sixth in six games and 18th of the season, but it wasn't enough for Baltimore.
"We played a good ballgame tonight, things just didn't go our way," right-hander Miguel Gonzalez said.
Jones got the Orioles on the board with a leadoff homer in the second, his 27th. Morrow loaded the bases by walking three of the next four batters before Manny Machado made it 2-0 with an RBI groundout.