Toronto Blue Jays beat Orioles for ninth straight win

June 21, 2013

Inside a mostly empty Baltimore Orioles clubhouse Friday night, reliever Tommy Hunter replayed out loud the at-bat that shifted momentum in their 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

“I’m going to throw it again tomorrow,” Hunter said of the 1-1 cutter he threw to light-hitting Toronto shortstop Munenori Kawasaki that landed over the right field fence for his first major league home run. “We’ll just come back tomorrow. We’re not down. That’s definitely not the way we are. We’ll bounce back.

“Hopefully, I get in there tomorrow and you’ll see the same thing again. So good luck.”

Kawasaki’s two-run homer — the last of six homers the teams hit Friday night — tied the game in the seventh inning off Hunter, who hadn’t allowed a homer in his last 11 outings.

The Blue Jays went on to win with two outs in the ninth in walk-off fashion on Rajai Davis’s single off Pedro Strop to seal their ninth consecutive win.

That’s just life in the American League East.

“I think they’re hot right now,” said Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, whose three-run homer in the sixth gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead. “Obviously they’re playing good baseball. This was a game we wanted to have to open up the series and maybe break their stride a little bit, but we battled all the way to the end, and they were able to come through.”

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter watched most of the game from the visiting clubhouse after he was ejected in the second inning by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez for contesting a call.

— Baltimore Sun

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