Darren Oliver was solid in the eighth inning for Toronto. (US Presswire)
BALTIMORE (AP) - Aaron Laffey and five relievers combined on a
six-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the
second straight game, 4-0 on Tuesday night.
Laffey (4-6) allowed
five singles in 5 2-3 innings and won his first game since Aug. 5. He
had been winless in his previous six starts. He neither walked nor
struck out a batter.
Baltimore remained 1 1-2 games behind first-place New York in the AL East. The Yankees lost 5-4 at Minnesota.
The Orioles had won seven of their previous nine. They had not been shut out since Aug. 3.
Joe Saunders (2-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs - three earned - and 11 hits. He struck out two and walked none.
In the first inning, the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on Yan Gomes' RBI single that scored Brett Lawrie, who led off with a single.
Rajai Davis beat out an infield single with two outs in the fourth and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double.
In the seventh, Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion had consecutive RBI singles to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.
Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Brandon Lyon, Darren Oliver and Casey
Janssen combined to allow one hit - Chris Davis' seventh-inning double
in 3 1-3 innings.
The Orioles loaded the bases in the ninth on an error and two walks, but Ryan Flaherty flied out to end the game.
Dylan Bundy made his second appearance for Baltimore. The 19-year-old pitched a scoreless ninth, but allowed his first hit.