BALTIMORE — There was a postgame fireworks show planned after the game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night. Neither team, however, wanted to wait to light up Camden Yards.
In other words, it was a Chris Davis type of night.
The O’s first baseman clubbed an opposite-field homer in the second, a two-run shot for his 35th of the season. The blast gave him 88 RBI, snapping a tie with Boog Powell for most by an Oriole before the break.
Adam Jones, smashed his 17th homer in the next inning. The all-star center fielder dropped his back knee to a low Mark Buehrle offering and golfed a three-run shot to left-center.
The Blue Jays (44-48) set off sparks of their own against Orioles starter Chris Tillman (11-3). J.P. Arencibia blasted a no-doubter to right-center in the second, and Edwin Encarnacion scalded a low line drive into the left field stands an inning later.
But Baltimore (52-42) added a three-run shot from J.J. Hardy (his 16th) in the sixth that put the Orioles up 8-3.
“They’re a force of consistency for us not only as players but as people,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said of his home run-hitting trio. “I think that’s what you miss when they’re not here . . . not so much what they do statistically, even though that’s pretty special, but the consistency they bring in their approach to the game.”
Tillman went six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out five to give the Orioles their third straight quality start. Tillman is 8-1 since May 24.
“I’m happy with the results, but I need to be better,” Tillman said. “I was falling behind too many times. . . . My pitches were there today. I just kind of got out of whack a little bit.”
Jairo Asencio, called up from Class AAA Norfolk before the game, relieved Tillman and struck out two in the seventh. After Brian Matusz failed to get a second out in the eighth, Tommy Hunter bailed him out before yielding a two-run double to Adam Lind with two outs in the ninth.
That created a save situation, and Showalter called on closer Jim Johnson to get the game’s final out. Johnson succeeded, getting Colby Rasmus to ground out to second to clinch the win and his 32nd save.
Said Showalter of the win: “Happy? That has a connotation of being satisfied. I was [happy] tonight. As long as there’s people ahead of us, with what we want to accomplish, I don’t think anyone’s content with it.”