Josh Donaldson homers again, Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-1
BALTIMORE – Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days and Jose Bautista also went deep in support of Marco Estrada, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.
Toronto leads third-place Baltimore by four games in the AL East. The Orioles have lost four out of five and are clinging to the second wild card.
Donaldson hit a solo homer in the fourth to tie it 1-1. The AL MVP had three homers in a 9-6 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
Estrada (8-6) allowed one run and four hits with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings. The Blue Jays have won three of his four starts against the Orioles this year.
J.J. Hardy provided Baltimore’s only run with his eighth homer in the third.
Baltimore left-hander Wade Miley (8-11) allowed three runs and five hits while tying a season high with nine strikeouts over seven innings. He has lost three of six starts since being acquired from Seattle on July 31.
Miley retired the first 10 batters before allowing Donaldson’s 34th home run. Troy Tulowitzki gave the Blue Jay a 2-1 lead later that inning with an RBI single.
Bautista provided a two-run cushion when he led off the sixth with his 16th homer.
The Blue Jays added two more runs in the ninth on an RBI single by Justin Smoak and a fielder’s choice by Devon Travis off Tommy Hunter.
Blue Jays: C Dioner Navarro reported to the Blue Jays on Monday, three days after the club re-acquired him from the Chicago White Sox for LHP Colton Turner. Navarro played with Toronto in 2013-14 before signing with the White Sox in December.
“I was in shock when it happened and I was happy two minutes later because I was coming to an organization where I feel really comfortable and to a group of guys that I have good relationships with,” said Navarro, who hit .210 with six home runs and 32 RBI in 85 games with Chicago.
To make room, C Josh Thole was designated for assignment.
Orioles: CF Adam Jones was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a left hamstring strain. … Right-hander Chris Tillman, on the 15-day DL with right shoulder bursitis, threw on flat ground without any setbacks. He will play catch again Wednesday before throwing off a mound.
Blue Jays: Left-hander J.A. Happ (17-4, 3.19) had his 11-game winning streak snapped in his last start against the Angels. Happ has won both of his two previous outings against Baltimore this season.
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.62 ERA) is back in the rotation with the injury to Tillman. He took the loss in his past outing Thursday against the Nationals after allowing one run over six innings.
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