Reimold's 9th-inning blast lifts Orioles over Blue Jays
Francisco Cordero gives up tie-breaking home run
The Toronto Blue Jays can always count on third baseman Brett Lawrie to play a full-out style with loads of aggressiveness, energy and excitement.
Sometimes that brand of baseball can backfire.
Lawrie was thrown out trying to steal home with the bases loaded to snuff out a potential big second inning for the Blue Jays, who went on to drop a 6-4 decision to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday at Rogers Centre.
"I thought it was a point in the game where I could try and help my teammates out and it ended up working against me," Lawrie said. "I've just got to learn from it and move on to next time."
The Orioles later took advantage of a shaky Toronto bullpen to win it. Casey Janssen gave up a solo homer to Wilson Betemit in the eighth inning and Nolan Reimold put the Orioles ahead in the ninth with a two-run shot off Francisco Cordero (0-1).
Reimold's no-doubt blast — his second homer in as many days — was a rocket to deep left field.
"It was down and in and I was just able to catch it," Reimold said.
Chris Davis also homered for Baltimore (5-3) while Kelly Johnson hit a solo shot for Toronto (4-4). Luis Ayala (1-0) pitched one inning of relief for the victory and Jim Johnson got the final three outs for his fourth save.
The Blue Jays had a glorious chance to break the game open in the second inning.
Eric Thames led off with a double, moved to third on a Lawrie single and scored on a single by Colby Rasmus. After J.P. Arencibia reached on a fielder's choice and Yunel Escobar walked to load the bases, Johnson swung at a 3-0 pitch before striking out.
Jose Bautista followed but only got to an 0-2 count on Baltimore starter Jason Hammel before Lawrie broke for home.
"I don't have any regrets about that situation but at the same time I never want to take the bat out of Jose's hands," Lawrie said. "Especially in that situation with the bases loaded and one of the best hitters in the game up."
The Canadian infielder then had a chat in the dugout with manager John Farrell.
Regaining the lead
"When a pitcher is in a prolonged inning and when you're running up the pitch count, we don't want to give away an out on the basepaths, which that was the case," Farrell said. "And particularly early in the game, where we've got a chance to put a really crooked number on the board."
Baltimore regained the lead in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Davis but Toronto made it a 4-3 game in the sixth with a pair of unearned runs.
Adam Lind started the rally with a one-out double and moved to third when Betemit couldn't handle a sharp grounder by Edwin Encarnacion. Thames brought Lind across with a sacrifice fly and Encarnacion later scored on a Rasmus single.
Toronto's Henderson Alvarez settled down after a shaky start to pitch seven effective innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits. Hammel gave up two earned runs and six hits over five innings.
The Toronto bullpen has recorded just one save in five opportunities this season.
Baltimore opened the scoring after loading the bases with one out in the opening frame. Alvarez got Matt Wieters to ground to short but Adam Jones prevented a double play with a hard slide, allowing J.J. Hardy to score the game's first run.
Johnson answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo homer.
Lawrie, from Langley, B.C., had two of Toronto's 10 hits for his third multi-hit game of the season. Baltimore had nine hits on the day.
Announced attendance was 28,355 and the game took two hours 57 minutes to play.