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Nolan Reimold hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Saturday.
Wilson Betemit tied it with a home run in the eighth and Chris Davis also went deep for the Orioles, who won their second straight game at Rogers Centre. Coming into the series, Baltimore was 5-29 in Toronto dating to 2008.
Kelly Johnson homered for the Blue Jays, but their bullpen blew another late lead.
Betemit tied it at 4 with a solo shot to right off Casey Janssen in the eighth. Reimold hit a towering drive to left off Francisco Cordero (0-1), his second homer of the season and second ninth-inning shot in two days.
Luis Ayala (1-0) worked one inning for the win and Jim Johnson finished for his fourth save. Johnson has converted 12 consecutive save opportunities dating to Aug. 14, 2011.
Davis led off the ninth with a single that hit Cordero on the upper right thigh and was replaced by pinch-runner Ryan Flaherty. Roberto Andino struck out but Reimold followed with his homer, Baltimore's sixth in the past two games.
Toronto relievers have blown four saves this season and are responsible for three of the team's four defeats.
The Orioles opened the scoring in the first on a bases-loaded grounder by Matt Wieters, bringing in J.J. Hardy.
Baltimore right-hander Jason Hammel, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his season debut against Minnesota last Sunday, didn't keep the Blue Jays in check for long. Toronto's second batter, Johnson, tied it by homering to left in the first.
The Blue Jays took the lead with a run in the second, but could have had more. Eric Thames doubled, moved to third on Brett Lawrie's single and scored on a base hit by Colby Rasmus, who was forced at second on J.P. Arencibia's grounder.
Yunel Escobar walked to load the bases and Johnson struck out, bringing up Jose Bautista, who fell behind 0-2 before Lawrie broke for home plate. Hammel fired a high throw to Wieters, who blocked the plate with his feet and tagged the sliding Lawrie for the third out.
Baltimore reclaimed the lead in the fourth on Davis' first homer of the season, a two-run shot to right that ended a streak of nine straight solo homers by Orioles batters.
Toronto answered in the sixth against reliever Matt Lindstrom. Adam Lind hit a one-out double and Edwin Encarnacion reached on Betemit's error at third base, putting runners at the corners for Thames, who tied it with a sacrifice fly. Lawrie walked and Rasmus followed with an RBI single, giving him his first multihit game of the season.
Janssen replaced Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez in the eighth but failed to hold the lead, allowing a two-out solo drive to right by Betemit, his first.
Betemit's go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning Friday night rallied Baltimore to a 7-5 victory that snapped a three-game skid.
Hammel allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. Alvarez gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings.
NOTES: Toronto closer Sergio Santos (paternity leave) will rejoin the team Sunday, manager John Farrell said. ... Orioles LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (left elbow) pitched six shutout innings in an extended spring training game. He allowed two hits, walked five and struck out seven. Wada is tentatively scheduled to pitch again Thursday in a start for Triple-A Norfolk. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wieters will likely get his first day off this season in Sunday's series finale. Baltimore LHP Brian Matusz (0-1) faces Toronto RHP Kyle Drabek (1-0).
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