Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and the surging Baltimore Orioles pounded the Toronto Blue Jays 12-0 on Tuesday night.
With New York losing at Tampa, the Orioles claimed a share of first place in September for the first time since 1997, the last time they won the AL East and advanced to the playoffs.
Reynolds went 3 for 4 with four RBI as the Orioles pounded out a season-high 18 hits.
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to face the Blue Jays, Britton (5-1) allowed four hits and improved to 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in four starts since his last loss on Aug. 1 against New York. The left-hander struck out eight and walked two, one intentional.
Kevin Gregg worked the eighth and Zach Phillips finished for the Orioles, who have won three straight and 21 of 29.
Struggling Toronto was held scoreless for the second straight game and has dropped four in a row.
Reynolds hit his 17th homer off Carlos Villanueva in the fifth. I...