Overbay's homer lifts Jays over Orioles
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Lyle Overbay led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run, leading Toronto to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Baltimore in the continuation of a three-game set.
Aaron Hill, Travis Snider and Edwin Encarnacion also homered for the hosts, who have belted a major league-best 241 long balls.
David Purcey (1-1) grabbed the win with a scoreless top half of the 11th as four different relievers combined to blank the visitors over the final four frames for the Blue Jays, who lead the season series, 14-3.
Mark Hendrickson (1-6) took the loss after allowing the Overbay homer for the Orioles, who have lost 13 straight games at Rogers Centre.
Overbay slammed his long ball on the second pitch from Hendrickson to reach the 20-homer plateau for the second time in his career.
Ricky Romero went five frames for the Jays and gave up three runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three. Brian Tallet worked a scoreless sixth and was removed after retiring Nick Markakis to open the seventh.
Casey Janssen took over and was greeted by Ty Wigginton's long ball to left that put the visitors back in the lead at 4-3. However, the lead lasted only until the bottom of the frame when Encarnacion lined a homer to straightaway center.
Jose Molina followed with a single that spelled the end of the day for Orioles' starter Jeremy Guthrie, who was charged with four runs on seven hits while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings.
Mike Gonzalez took over and stranded two runners by striking out Jose Bautista to end the inning.
The Orioles put runners on first and second with one out in the first inning but didn't score after Wigginton grounded into a double play.
The visitors did get on the board in the second inning with a trio of runs.
Brandon Snyder's ground-rule double chased home Adam Jones, who had opened the inning with a single, and two-out bases loaded walks to Julio Lugo and Markakis forced in runs.
Hill's solo homer down the left-field line in the bottom of the frame got the hosts on the board and Snider's solo blast to right with two outs in the third cut the Orioles' lead to one.
Overbay's bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored Snider to tie the game at three in the sixth.
Toronto has taken 22 of the last 24 meetings between the two teams north of the border...The Jays have hit a major league-best 140 long balls at home. They are four shy of breaking the overall single-season franchise mark of 244 set in 2000...By winning Saturday, the Jays assured themselves of a third straight series victory for the first time since April 29-May 9 when they took nine of 11 from Oakland, Cleveland and the White Sox...Guthrie has given up 25 home runs this season, the fourth straight campaign in which he has allowed at least 23...He is 2-6 in 15 career starts against Toronto and has not beaten the Jays since June 7, 2008...Baltimore's Brian Roberts went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to six games.
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