The Orioles' lineup, from one through nine, has clicked on very few nights this season, but this was certainly one of them as the Orioles posted a season-high in runs (12) and extra-base hits (eight), and did it against an opponent that has bullied them around for the past couple of seasons.
"This team has beaten up on us pretty good. It's nice to come in here, score some runs and get a win," said first baseman Derrek Lee who got everything started with a two-run double in the second inning that eluded diving Blue Jays' center fielder Travis Snider. Lee now has 17 RBIs over his past 16 games
Lee went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and a season-high five RBIs. Shortstop J.J. Hardy hit two home runs, giving him 16 for the season, and also drove in four. Left fielder Nolan Reimold, getting another start against a right-handed pitcher, went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs.
Every Oriole had at least one hit, and all nine starters reached base twice except for designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who returned from the disabled list to go 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored.
"There was a nice air about everybody tonight during batting practice. Hopefully it continues," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter whose team broke a seven-game road losing streak. "It was like every time they started to creep back in it, guys would come in and put another crooked number up. It was one of those not-to-be denied nights."
This was just the Orioles' fourth victory here in the past 29 games at the Rogers Centre. They have now won two straight here after losing 16 in a row.
After failiing in his previous four tries and after not winning a game sicne June 20, Jake Arrieta collected his10th victory, allowing four runs over five innings.
"It does feel good," Arrieta said. "It's nice to get it out of the way. Hopefully, I can pile on a few more and finish the season with some momentum."
Arrieta exited the game after getting nailed in the right foot by Edwin Encarnacion's comebacker, the ball bouncing to Lee at first base for the final out of the inning. X-rays taken on Arrieta were negative, and he said that he expects to make his next start.
"Foot is good," said Arrieta. "Initially, I thought it was maybe going to be a little worse than it was because I had trouble putting pressure on it but now, all my mobility is there. It just seems like a light bruise. I'll be fine."