Printed from yesterday's late editions.

The Baltimore Orioles, amidst ballyhoo about their imminent death, stayed in the American League East pennant race Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Orioles moved within three games of the first-place New York Yankees and a half game ahead of third-place Boston.

The Boston-New York game at Fenway Park was postponed until Wednesday night because of rain.

Palmer has had sharper games, but he was more than adequate against Toronto. He scattered seven hits and had only one shaky inning in breezing to his fifth straight victory. He has an 18-11 record and manager Earl Weaver said he will have three more starts, giving him a good shot at 20 victories for the third season in a row.

"What this game does is make me wish we got four more runs last night," Weaver said.

"You're all trying to say we're on our death beds, but not quite," Pat Kelly said with a comic delivery that would have made Richard Pryor proud. "You guys are writing 'Send for the undertaker,' but we haven't died yet."

palmer said he changed his windup a bit, helping his pitching motion and his confidence. "But," he added, "the key to pitching well is getting runs."

palmer's runs were provided, in large part, by right fielder Ken Singleton and designated hitter Eddie Murray.

Marray hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, his 23d, most ever by an Oriole rookie.

Singleton, the American League's second leading hitter, had a bases-loaded single in the eighth for their final two runs.

After Singleton lost a Gary Woods fly ball in the lights and it went for a triple, scoring Dave McKay in the third inning, palmer retired the next 12 Blue Jays.