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O's: Reversing the curse...finally

The Orioles finally pried a victory out of Rogers Centre, beating the Blue Jays, 4-3, though not without a ton of intrigue and one big piece of disturbing news. Jeremy Guthrie was cruising along with a one-hit shutout when his back seized up after the fifth inning. The Orioles put him in position to win with two runs in the top of the sixth, but took him out of the decision when a defensive blunder by young Ryan Adams helped the Blue Jays tie the game.

For once, however, the Orioles managed to hold them there and scored two runs in the top of the ninth to end the Jays' 16-game winning streak against them in Toronto.

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Adams had a very tough day, making the big error and hitting into three double plays, but he got one more chance in the ninth and poked a single through the drawn-up infield to account for the final margin of victory.

There was suspense to the end. Closer Kevin Gregg gave up a foul screen home run to sizzling Adam Lind to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but retired the next three batters in order to record his 13th save.

I'm not surprised, of course, since I guaranteed an Orioles victory this morning. I also guaranteed a win by Guthrie, but his back refused to cooperate. Hopefully for the Orioles, the back spasm was minor and he'll be ready to go in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

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