The Toronto Blue Jays used some late-inning heroics to extend their longest win streak in five years. Chien-Ming Wang will try to help his team skip the drama in its next game.
The right-hander will look to lead the Blue Jays to a 10th straight victory with another strong outing Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles .
After blowing an early lead in Friday's series opener, Toronto got an unexpected tying home run from Munenori Kawasaki in the seventh inning.
The shortstop's two-run shot was his first homer in 118 career games, and Rajai Davis provided the game-ending single in a 7-6 victory. Kawasaki, filling in for an injured Jose Reyes , drove in three runs and has eight of his 17 RBIs in eight games against the Orioles (42-32).
The nine-game win streak is the longest for the Blue Jays (36-36) since a 10-game run Aug. 30-Sept. 9, 2008. Toronto won a franchise-best 11 in a row in 1987 and 1998.
"We've definitely come back to life, that's for sure," manager John Gibbons said.
Wang (1-0, 3.14 ERA) will try to build on his superb second start with the Blue Jays, a 7-2 win in Texas on Sunday. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings in his first victory in a little more than a year and contributed to his team's 1.87 ERA during the win streak.
"We didn't know what to expect, to be honest with you," Gibbons said. "He was one of the best in the game with (the New York Yankees from 2005-09). We got some good reports on him, otherwise he wouldn't be here. To be honest, he's pitching better than I expected of him."
The Blue Jays will be trying to move above .500 for the first time since July 29 and get closer to climbing out of last place in the AL East as they face Miguel Gonzalez (5-2, 3.75).
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his last three starts and 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA in his past three against the Blue Jays. He yielded one run over 5 2-3 innings in his most recent matchup May 26 in Toronto, but closer Jim Johnson gave up four runs in the ninth in a 6-5 loss.
Baltimore enters this game having won eight of 12 and with one of the hottest power hitters in Chris Davis . The first baseman has seven of his major league-best 27 homers in the past nine games, driving in 17 runs over that stretch.
"Chris is in a good place," manager Buck Showalter said.
Davis has three home runs in his last five games against Toronto and a pair of doubles in three at-bats versus Wang.
Adam Lind , who hit his fourth homer in six contests Friday, is batting .476 (20 for 42) with two home runs during an 11-game hit streak against Baltimore. He's 5 for 11 (.455) against Gonzalez.
The Blue Jays will try to win five straight at home for the first time since Sept. 23-27, 2010. That run included a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
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TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Bautista came up with the perfect response to Darren O'Day's taunting: a tiebreaking home run.
Bautista hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, who are 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.
"It's been a great run and hopefully we can continue," Bautista said.
The Blue Jays (37-36) are above .500 for the first time since last July 29, when they were 51-50.
Bautista traded angry words with O'Day after striking out to end the seventh inning Friday, stranding a runner at second base.
On Saturday, the Blue Jays slugger renewed the argument, yelling at O'Day while rounding the bases after his pivotal home run.
"I told him just to keep talking like he was yesterday because he kind of ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out," Bautista said. "I don't know where that came from but I didn't appreciate it. I let him know that yesterday and that's a little reminder today."
O'Day declined to talk about his spat with Bautista, while Orioles manager Buck Showalter chalked it up to a clash of competitive personalities.
"Darren is a competitor, he likes to compete in those situations," Showalter said. "Sometimes he wins, sometimes Bautista wins. You've got two great, talented athletes competing out there and they both take it personally."
The Blue Jays led 2-1 heading into the eighth but Taylor Teagarden tied it with a homer off reliever Darren Oliver .
Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez left after Munenori Kawasaki hit a one-out single in the bottom half. O'Day came on and got Rajai Davis to ground into a fielder's choice, but Bautista followed with a two-out homer just inside the left-field foul pole on a 3-2 pitch.
"I made a terrible pitch," O'Day said. "If I make a good pitch, he's probably out."
Bautista, who homered for the 16th time this season, said he wasn't sure his drive was going to stay fair.
"I had no idea it was going to go out, either," Bautista said. "I knew I hit it well but I didn't know if it had enough."
The homer was the first allowed by O'Day since May 22, when Yankees infielder David Adams took him deep.
Oliver (3-1) worked one inning and Casey Janssen finished for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Gonzalez (5-3) allowed three runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who won his previous three starts, lost for the first time since May 3 at the Los Angeles Angels .
"He was outstanding today," Showalter said. "He pitched really well. I was really proud of him."
It's been a busy week for Gonzalez, who left the team Monday for the birth of his first child, a daughter, and was activated off the paternity list Friday.
"I was supposed to throw a bullpen three days ago but it didn't happen," Gonzalez said. "I was back home with the family."
The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the first when Melky Cabrera drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on Adam Lind 's two-out single and scored on a wild pitch.
The Orioles tied it in the fifth after Chris Davis reached on second baseman Emilio Bonifacio 's error. He went to second on a grounder and scored on Travis Ishikawa 's single.
Izturis put the Blue Jays back in front by homering on the first pitch of the fifth.
Baltimore left the potential tying run stranded at third base in the seventh but knotted it at 2 in the eighth on Teagarden's one-out homer.
Blue Jays starter Chien-Ming Wang left to a standing ovation after giving up one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander, who walked none and struck out two, has a 2.61 ERA in three starts with Toronto.
"That's three really good ones," manager John Gibbons said. "He shut down a good hitting team. I know he feels good, he's a part of it now. He's given us a big boost, that's for sure."
NOTES: Bautista is one home run away from 200 for his career. ... Blue Jays RHP Kyle Drabek (elbow surgery) is set to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Class-A Dunedin on Saturday. ... Orioles C Matt Wieters got the day off, while Chris Davis started at DH. He doubled and scored a run, but struck out to end the game. ... Baltimore RHP Freddy Garcia is expected to start Sunday's series finale against RHP Josh Johnson , meaning LHP Zach Britton will start for the Orioles against Cleveland on Monday.