"There's not much better in the league, left on left, than Rapada," Showalter said. "But he is human."

Jason Berken, making his return to the majors since being demoted in May, gave up a double and induced an inning-ending flyout.

Arrieta was charged with three runs on nine hits. He walked two and struck out five.

"We were always one swing away," Jones said. "I told Jake after the game, 'Bro, you shoved tonight.' He dominated. He gave up the two home runs; besides that, he gave up nothing. It is unfortunate we were unable to scratch the surface on Romero and string together a couple hits."

The fifth pitch Arrieta threw Wednesday ended up hitting the second-level facing in left field, courtesy of Escobar. It was Escobar's eighth homer of the season and first at the leadoff spot.

Arrieta kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard again until the sixth, when Juan Rivera homered for the fifth time this year.

"Good enough to win," Showalter said about Arrieta. "If we could have held them to 2-0, with [Romero's] pitch count the way it was, we were going to be able to get a shot at somebody other than him, which is a lot better proposition with what he was featuring."

Arrieta's performance was a footnote with Romero on the mound -- and with the Orioles' swinging, missing and then shaking their heads on the way back to the dugout.

"We have seen him enough. We've got to come with a better plan," Jones said. "He's in our division. He's made [nine other] starts against us since I have been here, and we can do better. We've got a good team. We can do better, I know that. We just have to take a step back and get better."

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