TORONTO (AP) -In the past three months, the
have found no comfort in being close.
doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the sixth inning and the
Toronto Blue Jays
beat Baltimore 3-2 on Thursday night.
The last-place Orioles have lost 19 of 22 games and dropped their past nine series overall. Baltimore has gone 2-17 in one-run
games since June 18 after starting the year 18-10 in such contests.
''It's a matter of getting that hit at the right time,'' first baseman
said. ''We haven't done that lately. Early on, things were going our way and right now it's been tough to get that big hit.''
Besides the hitters' failings, left-hander Garret Olson said Baltimore's young pitchers have struggled to get key outs in
''It all comes down to those big pitches,'' Olson (9-9) said. ''I think we're all capable of doing it but sometimes we just
don't get it done. Bottom line, if you make your pitch, more times than not you're going to get out of that situation.''
(12-8) worked six innings to win for the third time in four starts, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked four and struck
Litsch is 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA in seven starts since being recalled from Triple-A on Aug. 14.
''Ever since he's come back up he's thrown the ball a lot better, he's used both sides of the plate,''
said. ''It seems he's just getting better all the time.''
worked 1-2-3 innings in the seventh and eighth, before B.J. Ryan survived a nervous ninth to earn his 31st save in 35 opportunities.
Ryan struck out Millar, but loaded the bases when
reached on catcher's interference. Pinch-hitter
popped out and
ended it with a grounder to short.
''Give Ryan credit, he made some good pitches and got out of it,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
Bautista hit his third homer since joining Toronto in a trade from Pittsburgh last month, a solo shot to left in the first.
Baltimore went ahead in the fifth when Litsch walked the bases load and
hit a two-run single.
Toronto put runners at second and third with one out in the bottom half, but came up empty when Bautista popped out and
reclaimed the lead in the sixth.
reached on a fielder's choice and
hit a two-out single, chasing Olson. Right-hander
came on to face Zaun and threw his first pitch to the backstop for a wild pitch, advancing both runners.
) wanted an outside fastball and I just pulled it way across back inside,'' Miller said of his costly wild pitch.
Zaun followed with a double into the right field corner but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple, with Cintron
' throw to
''I kind of knew he was out when he stepped on second,'' Gaston said with a laugh. ''But he came up with a big hit for us
so what can you say but thanks and congratulations.''
Toronto had a chance for an insurance run in the seventh, when
doubled and Rios drew a two-out walk, but
Olson lost for the third time in four starts, giving up three runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander was coming
off the shortest outing of his career, allowing six runs in 2-3 of an inning in a 12-6 loss to Minnesota last Sunday.
''I thought he was feeling for it early in the game but he settled down, he made some good pitches,'' Trembley said. ''Obviously
it was a big improvement from the last time he pitched.''
won't pitch again this season after undergoing an MRI on Thursday. The results have been sent to Dr. James Andrews for a second
opinion and an update on Marcum's condition is expected Friday. ... An MRI on Toronto C
revealed a slight tear in his hamstring. He is day-to-day. ...
GM J.P. Ricciardi said he would ''think about adding some years'' to RHP A.J. Burnett's contract. Burnett, who can opt out
of the final two years of his deal after the season, has won a career-high 18 games. ... Baltimore RHP
(strained elbow) won't pitch again this year. Cabrera underwent his second MRI in a month Thursday, revealing no damage. ...
Bautista hit 12 homers for the Pirates. ... The outfield assist for Markakis was his AL-leading 16th.