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Orioles recap: Birds come back to beat Blue Jays, 6-5, for fifth straight win

After rallying from an early three-run deficit on the backs of solo homers by Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis, the Orioles orchestrated another come-from-behind victory Thursday night with a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

The Orioles broke a tie in the top of the ninth against Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna. The rally was fueled by Hyun Soo Kim's leadoff double into the left-center-field gap. Two batters later, the winning run scored when pinch runner Joey Rickard slid home safely on Davis' sacrifice fly to center.

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"You understand you are not going to go 4-for-4 every night and make every play on defense," said Davis, who drove in three runs on a solo homer and two sacrifice flies. "But these are the games you grind for and enjoy and you move forward and see what tomorrow has for you."

The Orioles (36-23) won their fifth straight game and eighth in nine contests to move a season-best 13 games over .500.

Right-handed reliever Dylan Bundy (2-1) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win, allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Davis' 13th homer of the season, which came off left-hander Aaron Loup, tied the game at 5 in the seventh. Davis, who entered the night hitting just .175 against left-handed pitching, took a 3-1 pitch from Loup the opposite way to tie the game.

"You look at Chris' on-base percentage and he's basically at the same place statistically as he was last year at this time," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "We really liked the way that ended, so you take the good with the bad. But through thick and thin, he's impacted our team defensively and also by the way he's handled adversity."

Bundy gave the Orioles some of the most important outs of the night. With two on and two outs in the sixth, Bundy won a 10-pitch battle with reigning American League MVP Josh Donaldson, getting a called strike three on a 96-mph fastball.

Bundy, whose fastball sat at 95-97 mph, ran into trouble in the seventh, opening the inning by hitting Edwin Encarnacion with a pitch, then yielding a bunt single to Michael Saunders. But Bundy recovered nicely, striking out Justin Smoak and inducing a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play from Russell Martin.

Closer Zach Britton is now 19-for-19 in save opportunities after tossing a scoreless ninth inning.

Starter Tyler Wilson fell behind early in a three-run bottom of the first, forcing the Orioles to battle from behind. Wilson, who was coming off his worst start of the season, allowed four of the first six hitters he faced reach base in the first inning.

After Jose Bautista hit a leadoff double and then moved to third on a wild pitch, Wilson issued a four-pitch walk to Donaldson. After Bautista came home on a sacrifice fly, Saunders' double scored Donaldson. Two batters later, Saunders scored on Martin's RBI single.

After allowing more than three earned runs just one over his first seven starts — a stretch that included four quality starts — Wilson has allowed five runs in back-to-back starts. His three walks tied a season high. But getting through five innings, which allowed the Orioles to save their bullpen on the first day of a seven-game, eight-day road trip was important.

"That was one thing that I felt like I did OK tonight," Wilson said. "It is something that I'm always conscious of — is fighting to manage the game when it is trying to get out of hand and when you have a lineup like that, it is easy to let the game get away from you. To pin an L on [Osuna] is impressive. The guys are fighting and I'm proud of that victory, however I contributed to it."

Base-running rally killer: The Orioles were on the verge of a big inning in the top of the first against Toronto starter Marcus Stroman, but Manny Machado's base-running miscue forced the Orioles to settle for just one run.

Machado drove in that run on a one-out double, scoring Adam Jones, who opened the game with a walk and moved to second on Kim's groundout. With two outs in the inning, Mark Trumbo laced a double to right field, but Machado — not realizing there were two outs — hesitated running from second, even retreating at one point.

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Machado's late jump ended up costing the Orioles a run and the potential for more when he was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

The play was challenged and upheld.

Should've had more: The Orioles had the bases loaded with no outs in the third inning but could score only two runs.

Davis lined a sacrifice fly to right to score one run, and Trumbo's single loaded the bases again. Matt Wieters hit into a fielder's-choice groundout to second, allowing another run to score. But Alvarez struck out looking to strand runners at the corners.

No robbing Pedro: Alvarez was robbed of a homer two nights ago when Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain brought his fly ball back into the yard.

And it looked as if Alvarez might get snubbed again when he launched a fly ball to deep left in the sixth inning, when Saunders made a leaping attempt for it.

But the ball was just out of Saunders' reach, going over the fence for Alvarez's sixth homer of the season. Alvarez still had to do a double take, looking toward left field while rounding second.

Alvarez entered the game hitting .270 over his previous 11 games. He has homered in three of his past six starts.

Air Davis: Orioles manager Buck Showalter often has complimented Davis' defense this season, and Davis made a highlight-reel snag of Justin Smoak's liner for the second out of the third inning.

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