You don't get much more of an inauspicious beginning than serving up a homer on your first pitch of the game like Jeremy Guthrie did Saturday night to Toronto's Fred Lewis.
But the Orioles will take that every time if it means the only run he allows all night is to the leadoff hitter.
Guthrie exited in the seventh leading 2-1. Will Ohman made that stick by striking out the lone batter he faced.
Guthrie, however, will get a no decision. Jason Berken gave up a two-run, 422-foot bomb to Jose Bautista -- the former Oriole's 25th homer of the season -- to give the Jays a 3-2 lead in the eighth.
Guthrie's line; 6 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks. He threw 102 pitches and 66 for strikes.
Guthrie allowed baserunners in five of the seven innings he pitched, but he never gave up any more runs. The fourth was particularly challenging, allowing a double and a single to the first two Jays' batters before getting a strikeout and double play to end the threat.
He also was throwing as hard as he has all season. His fastball was clocked at 98 on the stadium radar gun. And he consistently hit 96 mph.