Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie delivers against the Blue Jays… (Baltimore Sun photo by Algerina…)
This time, there wasn't just one pitch for Jeremy Guthrie to lament as there was in his last outing, when he lost his shutout bid and the Orioles lost the game on an eighth-inning, three-run homer by the Seattle Mariners' Justin Smoak.
Guthrie made plenty of mistakes Sunday, and the Toronto Blue Jays made him pay early and often.
Yunel Escobar broke the game open with a three-run homer in the fourth inning and Adam Lind added the first of his two homers one inning later as the Blue Jays prevailed, 7-4, in front of an announced 25,431 at sun-drenched Camden Yards, and took the three-game series.
The Orioles (26-31) have lost seven of their past nine games overall and are just 4-17 against the Blue Jays (30-29) since the start of last season.
Tying his shortest start of the season, Guthrie allowed six earned runs on nine hits and three walks over five innings. He fell to 2-8, tying Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks for the American League lead in losses. The two home runs he allowed gave him 12 this season, one off the AL lead.
With the score tied at 2 in the fourth inning, Escobar lined Guthrie's 0-1 changeup into the left-field seats. The three-run shot was his seventh homer of the season. Lind hit a 1-1 slider into the right-field seats in the fifth inning.
Lind added another homer in the seventh off Alfredo Simon, giving the Blue Jay nine for the season.
Lefty Jo-Jo Reyes (2-4) got the win for Toronto as he surrendered three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He has won two straight outings after posting 28 consecutive winless starts, which tied a major league record.
The Orioles appeared poised to send Reyes to an early shower as three of the first four batters he faced reached base. Robert Andino hit a leadoff single, Adam Jones hit a one-out single and Vladimir Guerrero ripped a double to left field to score one and tie the score at 1.
A groundout by Derrek Lee gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the first. However, they didn't score again until the fifth inning, when a sacrifice fly by Nick Markakis cut their deficit to 6-3.
They had a chance to carve into that lead further in the sixth when Guerrero drew a leadoff walk and J.J. Hardy worked a one-out free pass. However, Mark Reynolds, the hero of Saturday night's victory with a go-ahead sixth-inning grand slam, hit into a inning-ending double play.
Reynolds did homer for a second consecutive game, but it was a solo shot in the ninth inning off Jon Rauch, who struck out Andino on a 3-2 pitch to end the game, leaving the potential tying run in the on-deck circle. The pitch was clearly off the plate, though plate umpire Kerwin Danley called it a strike anyway. Andino yelled at Danley on his way back to the dugout.