O's hope to extend win streak in clash with Jays

The Baltimore Orioles will try for their fourth straight win on Saturday afternoon when they continue their three-game set with the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

As has been the case for most of the season, the Orioles powered their way to victory on Friday night, downing the Blue Jays 8-5.

Chris Davis' historic first half continued, as he finished 2-for-4 while belting his Major League-leading 35th home run. With two more RBI this weekend, Davis would join Miguel Cabrera as the only players in league history to record at least 30 homers and 90 RBI before the All-Star break.

Adam Jones had three hits, including his 17th homer of the year, and J.J. Hardy also left the yard for his 16th, upping Baltimore's home rum total to 128, best in the bigs.

"These guys grind out at-bats all ballgame long. It's fun to watch," Orioles winning pitcher Chris Tillman said. "I've said it a hundred times -- the quicker you get these guys back in the dugout and in the batter's box, the more is going to happen."

Tillman (11-3) did his part getting back on track after having a personal six-game winning streak snapped in his latest start, allowing three runs over six innings of work. After Tommy Hunter found himself in some trouble in the ninth, Jim Johnson recorded the final out for his Major League-leading 32nd save.

Mark Buehrle (5-6) was saddled with the loss, surrendering eight earned runs in six innings to up his ERA to 4.89.

The Blue Jays collected 14 hits on the night -- five more than the Orioles -- but left 20 runners on base. Edwin Encarnacion added to the fireworks with his 24th home run of the season, as did J.P. Arencibia with his 16th.

Todd Redmond (1-1, 3.55) is set to make his second start of the season on Saturday afternoon for Toronto. Redmond allowed just one hit over five innings of work on July 7 in a win over Minnesota, the first of his career.

"He couldn't have done a better job," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said of his rookie.

Redmond was 3-1 with Triple-A Buffalo this season but had an ERA of 5.06 over 26 2/3 innings.

For the Orioles, Jason Hammel will take the hill attempting to win his first game since late May. Despite his winless streak, Hammel is still a solid 7-5 on the year, although his 5.03 ERA has been far from ideal.

Despite earning a no-decision in his latest outing, the 30-year-old right- hander put together one of his best starts of the season on July 7, allowing just six hits and one earned run in five innings of work against the Yankees.

Hammel faced the Blue Jays on June 21, and while he struck out seven batters in six innings, he gave up four earned runs in the no-decision.

Toronto has lost eight of its last 11 on the road and had a four-game winning streak versus the Orioles halted.