Blue Jays 4, Orioles 1

Associated Press  |  Last updated May 30, 2012
Edwin Encarnacion hit one of Toronto's four solo home runs, pitcher Brandon Morrow left the game after being struck by a line drive and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep. Morrow suffered a bruised right shin when he was struck by Wilson Betemit's liner in the seventh, hopping around the mound in pain. Manager John Farrell and a trainer came out to check on Morrow and, following a brief discussion, supported him on either side as he limped off the field and into the dugout, disappearing down the steps to the clubhouse. X-rays were negative and the right-hander is day-to-day. Morrow (6-3) was coming off the shortest start of his career, chased after 2-3 of an inning in last Friday's loss at Texas after giving up six runs and five hits. He bounced back nicely against Baltimore, earning the win by giving up one run and four hits over 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out eight. Carlos Villanueva replaced Morrow and got the final two outs of the seventh. Francisco Cordero worked the eighth and Casey Janssen finished in the ninth for his fifth save in six opportunities. Jason Hammel allowed a career-high four homers for the Orioles, whose season-worst losing streak reach five games. Baltimore remained tied with Tampa Bay atop the AL East after the Rays were swept earlier Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox. Hammel (6-2) lost for the first time since April 30, giving up four runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out five. The Orioles opened the scoring in the second on an RBI single by Ryan Flaherty. He started in place of Nick Markakis, who sat out for the first time this season because of soreness in his right wrist and hand. Encarnacion answered in the bottom half with a leadoff drive to left against Hammel, who had allowed just three homers in 55 innings coming in. The homer was Encarnacion's 17th, second in the majors to Texas slugger Josh Hamilton, who had 21 entering play Wednesday. Rajai Davis put the Blue Jays in front with a leadoff homer to left in the third, one pitch after he was knocked down by an inside pitch on a bunt attempt. Brett Lawrie opened the fourth with a shot to center and Colby Rasmus capped the homer barrage with a one-out drive to right in the fifth. Baltimore's Adam Jones went 0 for 2, snapping his hitting streak at 20 games. Jones hit into a fielder's choice in the first, grounded into a double play in the third, was hit by a pitch in the sixth and walked in the ninth. NOTES: Markakis is scheduled to see a hand specialist and undergo an MRI in Tampa on Baltimore's off-day Thursday. ... Toronto 2B Kelly Johnson, who missed two games last weekend with a sore left hamstring, got the day off. Toronto is off Thursday and opens a three-game series against Boston on Friday. ... Toronto's Omar Vizquel had two hits, giving him 2,850 for his career and tying him with Jesse Burkett for 42nd on the career list.
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