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Blue Jays rally to beat Orioles 7-6

BALTIMORE (AP) — Travis Snider sparked a ninth-inning rally against Orioles closer Michael Gonzalez, giving the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-6 victory Friday in Baltimore's home opener.

Alex Gonzalez homered for the Blue Jays, just 1-8 at Camden Yards last season.

Baltimore took a 6-5 lead in the eighth when pinch-runner Felix Pie scored on a daring dash from first base on a two-out single by Cesar Izturis.

But the advantage was quickly surrendered by Michael Gonzalez, who has two blown saves in three chances and struggled even when successful.

Gonzalez walked leadoff hitter Edwin Encarnacion, then threw a wild pitch before yielding an RBI double to Snider. After a bunt by John McDonald moved Snider to third, Jose Bautista hit a sacrifice fly.

Michael Gonzalez (0-2) was then removed, and many in the sellout crowd of 48,891 booed his every step to the dugout.

Casey Janssen (2-0) pitched one inning, and Kevin Gregg got three straight outs for his first save.

It was the fourth straight one-run game for the Orioles, who opened the season by losing two of three to Tampa Bay.

Miguel Tejada homered and had four RBIs for Baltimore, who trailed 3-0 in the first inning and 5-3 in the fifth before coming back.

Baltimore second baseman Brian Roberts left after the first inning with an abdominal strain. The injury appeared to occur as he was sliding into second with a stolen base.

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings. It was his first appearance in a regular-season game since he was struck in the left shin by a line drive last July 30.

Brandon Morrow got off to a rocky start in his Toronto debut, giving up three first-inning runs while fighting his control. He ended up permitting five runs, four hits and five walks in five innings.

Soon after Orioles greats Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell simultaneously threw out the ceremonial first pitch, Toronto drained some of the enthusiasm from the crowd with a three-run first inning. After Lyle Overbay delivered a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, John Buck hit a liner to center that popped out of the glove of a retreating Adam Jones for a two-run double.

Baltimore tied it in the bottom half on just one hit — a two-run single by Tejada. Morrow walked four and hit a batter before inducing Garrett Atkins to hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Gonzalez homered leading off the third, and an RBI single by Adam Lind made it 5-3 in the fifth. In the bottom half, Nick Markakis doubled and Tejada tied it with his first homer for the Orioles since Sept. 21, 2007.

NOTES: Toronto 2B Aaron Hill missed a 2nd straight game with a sore right hamstring. ... Tejada had only two games with at least four RBIs last year with Houston.