Orioles allow 3 homers, fall to Blue Jays, 9-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 9:33 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014
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TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each hit three-run homers in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Tuesday night.

Edwin Encarnacion connected for his first homer of the season for Toronto, another three-run drive. Lawrie's long ball off Evan Meek (0-1) snapped a 3-all tie in front of a sparse crowd of 14,866 at Rogers Centre. Cabrera connected for his fifth of the season off Josh Stinson, putting the Blue Jays in front, 9-3.

Esmil Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth for Toronto and reliever Steve Delabar (2-0) picked up the win to help the Blue Jays improve to 3-1 against the Orioles this season.

It was a pitchers' duel early.

Baltimore was unable to solve Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey through five innings, but the club's fortunes changed in the sixth. After Steve Lombardozzi hit a leadoff double, Dickey issued a walk to put two on for Nelson Cruz, who hit a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, to put the Orioles ahead, 3-0.

The Orioles didn't hold the lead for long.

Like Dickey, Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez cruised through five innings and entered the sixth with a lead, but gave it right back in a hurry. With two on and one out, Encarnacion crushed his first homer of the season to tie it at 3.

Gonzalez lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs — two earned — on four hits, while walking two and striking out a season-high seven. T.J. McFarland, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to the game, relieved Gonzalez and stranded a pair of runners to get the Orioles out of the inning.