Saunders shines as Orioles beat Blue Jays

Associated Press Published: September 3, 2012
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TORONTO (AP) — Joe Saunders and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, J.J. Hardy drove in two runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Blue Jays 4-0 on Monday.

The Orioles, trying to close in on the AL East-leading New York Yankees, won for the eighth time in 10 games. They had lost four in a row at Toronto.

Acquired recently from Arizona, Saunders (1-1) retired the first 17 batters before Adeiny Hechavarria lined a two-out single to center in the sixth inning.

Saunders bounced back nicely from his Baltimore debut, when he allowed six runs in 5 1-3 innings in a loss to the White Sox.

Adam Jones had two hits and Nick Markakis reached three times for the Orioles.