The blown save cost a win for starter Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed multiple baserunners in all but two of his six innings. Yet all the Blue Jays runs came on one swing, a second-inning, three-run homer by rookie third baseman Brett Lawrie. It was set up by two walks, the only ones Guthrie issued.

"It was all right," said Guthrie, who wore No. 46 on the mound for the first time since the death of former Orioles great, and a former No. 46, Mike Flanagan last week. "Battled and had a shot to win and we ended up winning the game, so it's good."

Guthrie salvaged the uneven outing in the fifth. After he served up a leadoff double to Eric Thames, sure-handed catcher Matt Wieters' dropped a pop-up that probably should have been fielded by Reynolds. It was Wieters' fourth miscue of the season and broke the club's 76-inning errorless streak.

When Adam Lind singled to load the bases with no outs, Guthrie's night looked tenuous. He escaped, thanks to his own defensive ability.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a sharp bouncer that Guthrie quickly gloved, before throwing to Wieters to begin a 1-2-3 double play. Kelly Johnson flied out to end the inning.

"It felt like I had to battle every inning, I don't think I had many clean ones," said Guthrie, who threw 111 pitches. "It was a big situation. I was able to get the pitch down and Matt turned a nice double play. So that was obviously a pivotal play. That inning could have spun out of control pretty quickly with the hitters they had on base and the guys coming up to the plate."

The Orioles gave Guthrie the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Vladimir Guerrero double to right that struck the area between the wall and the out-of-town scoreboard and skipped past a confused Jose Bautista.

The hobbling Guerrero tried for a triple – it would have been his first as an Oriole – but he was thrown out. As he lumbered off the field, he received a standing ovation. The Orioles' other runs came on Wieters' 15th homer and a throwing error by Toronto starter Brett Cecil.

A Dunkirk native and former University of Maryland closer, Cecil allowed four runs in six innings in the no decision.

It took one extra inning for the game to ultimately be decided, and it was the newcomer, Adams, who delivered the final blow – one day after his worst day at the plate as a big leaguer.

"I'm sure he enjoyed it tremendously and he has played really well for us the whole time he has been up here since he got back up," Guthrie said. "We have a lot of confidence in him and I think he has shown he has a lot of confidence in himself when he goes up to the plate."

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