BALTIMORE(AP) In an otherwise meaningless game for the
bid an emotional farewell to the hometown fans and rookie
showed why he deserves another look next year.
Aubrey scored the winning run on
's second throwing error in the 11th inning Sunday, giving the Orioles a 5-4 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays
and a three-game sweep.
Aubrey led off the 11th with a single and took second when League (3-6) threw wildly to first on a bunt by
then laid down a bunt, and after League's low throw to first base skipped into the outfield, Aubrey scampered home.
''I was anticipating a bad throw, and it was,'' Aubrey said.
Obtained from Cleveland in late June, Aubrey hit two homers Friday and showed his alertness on the basepaths in the season
''I think I put myself in a good position to where maybe these guys might realize there's something worth keeping. Then hopefully
I go into spring with these guys and continue to make a statement,'' the first baseman said.
Mora, 37, almost certainly won't be back. The three-year extension he signed in 2006 expires after this season, and the Orioles
will be striving during the offseason to add a third baseman with more punch in his bat.
Mora ranks in the top 10 on the Orioles' career lists for at-bats, runs, total bases, doubles, homers and RBIs. He was replaced
in the sixth inning by pinch-hitter
, who delivered a two-run single to give Baltimore a 4-3 lead. After the inning, Mora walked to the top of the dugout steps
and received a warm ovation from the crowd.
''That's the one thing I'm never going to forget. It's kind of like the people appreciate what I do for the organization,''
Mora said. ''It was emotional because I see a lot of people (in the crowd) around me crying.''
(3-6) pitched a perfect 11th for the Orioles, who finished the season with a four-game winning streak, their longest since
a five-game run in mid-June.
homered for the
completed a solid rookie season by allowing four runs and five hits in seven innings.
But the game came down to two errant throws by League.
''The first bunt play, the ball slipped out of my hand and I threw it over his head,'' the right-hander said. ''I tried to
shake it off, but the next one I threw the opposite way, right into the dirt.''
It was a fitting end to a weekend in which several of the Jays spoke out against manager
and general manager J.P. Ricciardi was fired.
''We didn't play well over here. I guess it goes along with everything else that happened,'' Gaston said.
attained several milestones, not all of them good. By pitching 7 2-3 innings, the right-hander reached 200 in a season for
the first time. But he also yielded three homers, matching the franchise record of 35 in a season, and his two walks gave
him a career-high 60.
''When we took him out, I thanked him and he said thank you and he was appreciative because he reached a milestone goal for
himself with the innings pitched,'' manager Dave Trembley said. ''He deserved it.''
hit a two-run shot for the Orioles, giving him 18 homers and 101 RBIs for the season.
Toronto went up 1-0 in the first inning when Encarnacion hit his eighth homer. In the bottom half,
singled and scored when Markakis hit a 3-2 pitch over the right-field wall.
used successive doubles by
and Travis Snyder to tie it in the fourth, and Bautista hit a shot to right in the fifth for a 3-2 lead.
Romero retired 13 straight before Fiorentino singled to open the sixth, which led to Turner's hit.
McDonald hit his fourth homer of the season in the seventh to tie it.
NOTES: Roberts' first-inning steal gave him four straight seasons with at least 30 SBs. ... Encarnacion finished with seven
homers in his last 20 games. ... The Orioles finished 1-8 in Toronto and 8-1 in Baltimore. ... The crowd of 17,969 pushed
the Orioles over 1.9 million for the 21st consecutive year.