Toronto, ON – Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning to help lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Moises Sierra plated a pair with a first-inning double for Toronto, which snapped a four-game slide. Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Esmil Rogers, tossing a scoreless seventh. Rogers gave up three runs on five hits and struck out seven over the first six frames.
Manny Machado homered and scored two runs for the Orioles, who have lost five of seven and currently sit 3 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay and Texas, who are tied for the two AL wild card spots.
Baltimore finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and wasted a complete-game effort by Chris Tillman (16-6). Tillman allowed six hits and walked only two, but both came around to score.
"Tilly pitched well again. He's closing in on 200 innings," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "He was solid, just got a couple changeups up. It's been a big pitch for him all year. He just elevated a couple and they made him pay for it."
Sierra drew a free pass to open the home seventh and Rasmus followed with his go-ahead blast to right field.
"Happy about it. Feels good to be able to hit 20 home runs," said Rasmus, who reached the mark for the second straight season. "But I just wanted to help us get a chance to win."
The Orioles had the tying run reach base in the ninth via a two-out single by Nate McLouth. Casey Janssen, however, retired Machado on a dribbler in front of the plate for his 30th save. Baltimore left men on the corners an inning earlier.
Back-to-back doubles by Machado and Chris Davis put the visitors on the board in the first inning.
After Sierra put Toronto on top, Machado tied the game at 2-2 with a two-out shot to left in the third. An RBI single by Matt Wieters gave the Orioles a 3-2 lead in the fourth.
Machado's double was his 50th of the season ... Rogers was coming off consecutive scoreless outings during which he limited the opposition to four hits over 14 innings ... Toronto first baseman Adam Lind had his 17-game hitting streak against Baltimore come to an end after going 0-for-2.