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Urena hits walkoff RBI single in ninth to lift Blue Jays over Orioles 3-2


TORONTO — Rookie Richard Urena hit a walkoff single as the Toronto Blue Jays came back for a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, extending their winning streak to four games.

The rally began when Zach Britton (2-1) walked Kevin Pillar to start the bottom of the ninth, then gave up a line drive single to Teoscar Hernandez. Luke Maile drove in Pillar with a single to tie the game and Urena followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Darwin Barney.

Justin Smoak had an RBI double for the last-place Blue Jays (68-77) and Tim Mayza (1-0) pitched 1/3 of the ninth to earn his first win.

Tim Beckham had hit a tie-breaking solo homer off starter Joe Biagini in the eighth to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead. Mark Trumbo drove in the other run for the Orioles (71-74), who lost their sixth straight.

Biagini had baffled the Orioles for most of the game, not allowing an extra-base hit until the seventh, when Trey Mancini hit a double to left-field. Mancini came around to score on Trumbo's single, tying the game to the displeasure of the 29,055 in attendance.

Biagini pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing two runs and six hits with two strikeouts and zero walks. He threw just 88 pitches, 63 for strikes.

Dylan Bundy started for Baltimore, allowing a run and five hits over six solid innings. He also walked one and struck out eight. 

Smoak gave Toronto a 1-0 lead by hitting a long double to right field to score Maile from first base in the third inning. Maile reached on a leadoff single, his fourth hit in eight at-bats.

Bundy retired seven straight after Smoak's run-scoring double in the third inning before running into a jam in the sixth with a leadoff single and a walk. But the Baltimore right-hander struck out Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales, then got a pop fly from Pillar to end the inning. 

The Blue Jays had the tying and go-ahead runs on first and second with one out in the eighth. But Bautista popped out and Morales struck out to end the threat.

Toronto hit four balls to the warning track over the first four innings that were caught by Orioles outfielders — three by centre-fielder Adam Jones.

NOTES: The Blue Jays reinstated catcher Russell Martin (oblique) off the disabled list before the game. ... Toronto closes its series against the Orioles Wednesday night. Marcus Stroman (11-7, 3.18  earned-run average) will start for the Blue Jays. Kevin Gausman (10-10, 4.99 ERA) counters for Baltimore.

Melissa Couto, The Canadian Press

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