Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, August 30
in 10
Game 2: Wednesday, August 31
Game 3: Thursday, September 1

Blue Jays 8

(69-68, 36-34 away)

Orioles 6

(54-81, 32-39 home)

    12:35 PM ET, September 1, 2011

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    TOR 002202020 8 13 1
    BAL 010202100 6 7 1

    W: S. Camp (2-3)

    L: W. Eyre (1-1)

    S: F. Francisco (12)

    Brett Lawrie breaks 8th inning tie, lifts Blue Jays

    Associated Press

    BALTIMORE -- Brett Lawrie has been in the majors for a month, and the Baltimore Orioles already have seen enough of the kid from Canada.

    Lawrie hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, Yunel Escobar had his second straight four-hit game, and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated Baltimore 8-6 on Thursday.

    Lawrie made his debut at Camden Yards on Aug. 5. Since that time, he leads all rookies in homers (seven), triples (four) and extra-base hits (17).

    "Lawrie continues to play and swing the bat as good as you can expect," acting manager Don Wakamatsu said.

    Given his .340 batting average, it's safe to say Lawrie has exceeded expectations.

    "No doubt," Wakamatsu said. "You can't sell him short."

    Especially when facing Baltimore. Lawrie is batting .417 in six games against the Orioles, all at Camden Yards. In addition, three of his seven homers and eight of his 20 RBIs have come in Baltimore.

    "It's a home away from home. It's where it all started," Lawrie said. "We'll be back here some day."

    It will be too soon for the Orioles.

    "He's a big ol' boy," Baltimore's Nick Markakis said. "He can swing the stick, no question about that. Their whole team can swing."

    Kelly Johnson also homered for the Blue Jays, who had 26 runs and 42 hits in taking two of three at Camden Yards.

    Orioles starter Tommy Hunter allowed six runs, five earned, in six innings.

    Manager Buck Showalter said the right-hander began feeling ill in the third inning and felt even worse after his performance.

    "He was throwing up. He's heading to the hospital," Showalter said. "I'm not going to try to say what it is or what it isn't, but he won't make the trip (to Tampa Bay) with us right now."

    With the score 6-all, Johnson drew a walk from Willie Eyre (1-1) and Lawrie followed with his seventh home run. Lawrie went 3 for 5 and scored twice.

    Escobar was 4 for 5 with two RBIs. The four hits matched a career high.

    Shawn Camp (2-3) finished the seventh inning, Jon Rauch worked a perfect eighth and Frank Francisco got three straight outs for his 12th save.

    Vladimir Guerrero and Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who rallied from a 6-3 deficit before giving the lead back in the eighth. Guerrero had three hits, a season-high four RBIs and scored twice.

    But Markakis' streak of 182 consecutive series with at least one hit ended. It's the first time he went hitless in a series since May 23-25, 2008, in Tampa Bay.

    The defeat assured Baltimore (54-81) of a 14th straight non-winning season.

    The game was switched from 7:05 p.m. to 12:35 so the city could finalize plans for the first Baltimore Grand Prix. The change, combined with the lackluster matchup between the two bottom teams in the AL East, resulted in a meager crowd of 11,617.

    Toronto played a seventh straight game without manager John Farrell, who is recovering from pneumonia and won't be with the Jays at Yankee Stadium this weekend. Wakamatsu, Toronto's bench coach, is running the team in his place.

    The Orioles used successive doubles by Guerrero and Wieters to take a 1-0 lead in the second.

    Toronto responded with a two-run third that began with Hunter walking No. 9 hitter Mike McCoy, who took third on a double by Escobar. Eric Thames followed with a run-scoring groundout and Jose Bautista hit an RBI single.

    The Blue Jays made it 4-1 in the fourth. After Lawrie and J.P. Arencibia hit consecutive doubles, Escobar singled in a run.

    Guerrero and Wieters connected in succession in the bottom half, both on 3-2 pitches. It was the fourth time this season that Baltimore hit back-to-back home runs.

    Johnson led off the sixth with his 20th homer of the season and second in two games. He went 3 for 4 and is 9 for 17 in his last four games.

    Baltimore closed to 6-5 in the bottom half when starter Luis Perez walked the first two batters and Guerrero hit a two-run double. The Orioles then put runners at second and third with one out before Jesse Litsch retired the side.

    Guerrero drove in another run in the seventh with a slow roller to shortstop with one out and the bases loaded.

    Game notes

    The Blue Jays activated Rauch (appendicitis) from the 15-day DL. ... The Orioles purchased the contracts of RHP Rick VandenHurk and OF Kyle Hudson from Triple-A Norfolk. ... The Blue Jays open a three-game series in New York on Friday. Toronto will start Brandon Morrow, who is averaging a major league-best 10.35 strikeouts per nine innings. ... Baltimore rookie Zach Britton will start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against Tampa Bay.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumOriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
    Attendance11,617 (25.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:01
    Weather84 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind2 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild

    Research Notes

    Brett Lawrie had two more extra-base hits Thursday (2B, HR) to give him 17 in his first 26 career games. Those 17 extra-base hits lead the majors since he debuted on August 5. FROM ELIAS Lawrie's 17 extra-base hits are tied for the most through a player's first career 26 games since 1940. He's just the third player 21 or younger since 1940 to have 17 extra-base hits through his first 26 career games (Jeff Francoeur, Albert Pujols the others).

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