But with an inexperienced pitcher making his Orioles debut Wednesday, Baltimore may need to rely on that bullpen again as it hosts the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Orioles (12-8) have won five of six and nine of 13 after Tuesday's 4-3 victory, with all four runs coming in the second inning, including two on a two-out single from Machado. Miguel Gonzalez turned in the third quality start by a Baltimore pitcher over the last four games and three relievers behind him combined for three shutout innings. Closer Jim Johnson remained perfect in save opportunities, converting his eighth.
The bullpen has held opponents to two runs over its last 13 1-3 innings with 15 strikeouts, and Tuesday's victory was the Orioles' 100th straight in games they've held a lead after seven innings, going back to August 2011.
"Our bullpen hasn't failed us yet, knock on wood," said Machado, hitting .333 over his last six games with three doubles and seven RBIs. "They do a good job in holding the lead. Once the ninth inning comes, Jimmy comes out, and you know it's lights out because you know he's going to shut the door for us."
Another good relief performance could be necessary Wednesday as Josh Stinson makes his second career start. Claimed off waivers from Oakland on April 4, Stinson is 0-2 with a 4.43 ERA in 20 major league appearances. He'll be activated Wednesday after making two starts for Triple-A Norfolk.
While with the Brewers last October, Stinson yielded one run and three hits while walking two over four innings against San Diego in his first start.
"I'm very excited," the right-hander told the Orioles' official website. "Any time you get claimed, obviously the team sees something in you. And to be in the big leagues this fast, it is a great opportunity for me and I'm just going to try to take it and run with it."
The Blue Jays (8-13), meanwhile, have lost six of eight, with Edwin Encarnacion 's three-run homer providing their scoring Tuesday. They hope Brandon Morrow (0-2, 5.57 ERA) can shake off his inconsistent start to the season as he gets the ball.
Morrow has alternated between good starts and subpar efforts, including his last outing as he gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss to the Yankees on Friday. New York jumped on him for five of those runs in the first three innings.
"I fell behind early in the count the first few batters and wasn't locating my fastball well," said Morrow, who allowed two home runs.
Strikeouts have proven elusive for Morrow, who averages 9.5 per nine innings for his career but is at a personal-worst rate of 6.4 this year.
Morrow is 3-3 with a 4.58 ERA in nine starts against Baltimore, with outfielder Adam Jones going 11 for 28 (.393) with three home runs in their matchups.
Emilio Bonifacio is the only Blue Jay to face Stinson, singling in one at-bat. Bonifacio is 0 for 8 with four strikeouts over his last six games.
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|April 22, 2013||Maicer Izturis||Day-to-Day||Sore hamstring|
|April 14, 2013||Sergio Santos||15-Day DL||Right triceps strain|
|April 13, 2013||Jose Reyes||60-Day DL||Sprained left ankle|
|April 12, 2013||Jose Reyes||Day-to-Day||Sprained left ankle|
|April 11, 2013||Darren Oliver||Day-to-Day||Arm|
|April 04, 2013||Jose Bautista||Day-to-Day||Left game - Twisted ankle|
|April 07, 2013||Nolan Reimold||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring tightness|
|April 05, 2013||Brian Roberts||15-Day DL||Ruptured tendon, right knee|
|April 04, 2013||Brian Roberts||Day-to-Day||Right hamstring injury|
|March 26, 2013||Wilson Betemit||60-Day DL||Right PCL tear|
|March 23, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|March 22, 2013||Tsuyoshi Wada||60-Day DL||Recovery from left elbow surgery|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays bashed four home runs, then scored the decisive run without taking a swing.
Jim Johnson walked Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 6-5 Wednesday to avert a three-game sweep and end Baltimore's run of consecutive extra-inning victories at 17.
"It would have been a tough game to lose. It was a big game to win," said Toronto manager John Gibbons , who was ejected in the ninth inning after his team blew a 5-2 lead in the seventh.
With two outs in the 11th, J.P. Arencibia and Munenori Kawaski singled before Johnson (1-2) hit Brett Lawrie with a pitch and issued a four-pitch walk to Izturis, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup.
"I just had a hard time throwing a strike," Johnson said. "Kind of lost feel, and obviously that's a terrible way to lose a game."
Izturis said: "I just tried to look for a pitch and drive it up the middle. But he threw high fastballs, so on 2-0 I tried to be patient and make him throw strikes."
That didn't happen, and the last-place Blue Jays got out of town with a much-needed win.
"When you are struggling as a team and you have a lead and it evaporates, it's hard," Gibbons said. "We haven't played great baseball, but we haven't been swept."
One night earlier, the Orioles won their 100th consecutive game when leading after the seventh inning. In this one, their streak of extra-inning wins - 16 of which came last year - came crashing to a halt. It was the longest run since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 21 straight in 1959-60.
"It's not something I dwell on," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I know our guys don't. But I understand how it's noteworthy."
Esmil Rogers (1-1) pitched the 10th and Casey Janssen got three straight outs for his sixth save.
Nate McLouth had two hits, walked twice and scored three runs for the Orioles, who went 6-3 on a homestand against Tampa Bay, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.
"When you can win any series, especially in your division, that's big. So we'll take it," Johnson said. "This is not going to dampen our spirits."
Baltimore missed a chance to win it in the 10th when Manny Machado was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Rajai Davis while trying to score from second on a single by J.J. Hardy.
The Blue Jays hit all four homers off Josh Stinson , who was called up from the minors earlier in the day to make his Baltimore debut. Stinson gave up only five hits in 5 2-3 innings, but those included a two-run drive by Arencibia and solo shots by Jose Bautista , Edwin Encarnacion and Davis.
In his previous 20 big league games, with the Mets in 2011 and Milwaukee last year, Stinson allowed only two homers in 22 1-3 innings.
He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after the game.
Toronto starter Brandon Morrow took a two-hitter and a 5-2 lead into the seventh, but the right-hander failed in his bid to earn his first win of the season.
With one out, Nolan Reimold walked and Ryan Flaherty chased Morrow with an RBI double. Aaron Loup got an out before yielding an RBI single to McLouth, who scored on a triple by Machado.
Morrow gave up three earned runs and three hits - all of them doubles - in 6 1-3 innings.
Gibbons didn't go the distance, either. He received his first ejection of the year after resuming an argument started by Lawrie over a called third strike.
"Basically, I was going out there to keep him from being thrown out," the manager said.
The Orioles got a first-inning run when McLouth hit a leadoff double and scored on a two-out double by Adam Jones , who improved to 12 for 29 (.414) with 10 RBIs against Morrow.
Stinson retired the first four batters he faced before walking Melky Cabrera . Arencibia followed with a shot to center for his fifth home run in the last 10 games.
Davis made it 3-1 in the third with his first homer in 42 at-bats this season. The Orioles got an unearned run in the bottom half after a throwing error by Lawrie from third base.
Encarnacion hit his second homer in two games in the fourth, and Bautista connected in the sixth to make it 5-2.
NOTES: The Blue Jays were without first baseman Adam Lind , who was placed on paternity leave. ... To make room for Stinson, the Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Alex Burnett to Triple-A Norfolk. Burnett was recalled Monday and did not appear in a game. ... The last Baltimore pitcher to yield four homers in a game was Jason Hammel against Toronto on May 30, 2012. ... Blue Jays pitchers have allowed only two home runs in nine road games. ... Baltimore heads to Oakland for a four-game series that begins Thursday night. Toronto continues its road trip Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.