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Orioles recap: Birds done in by five-run sixth in 11-6 loss to Blue Jays

The Orioles offense did its part against the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, hitting three homers and scoring six runs. But a Baltimore pitching staff that issued a season-high eight walks couldn't keep the Toronto hitters off the bases in an 11-6 loss at Rogers Centre.

Toronto scored five runs in the sixth inning, taking control on Edwin Encarnacion's three-run homer off left-hander T.J. McFarland (1-2).

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Orioles right-hander Mike Wright failed to get an out in the sixth inning and was charged with four runs on 12 base runners -- six hits, a career-high five walks and a hit batter.

"Not only him, but the team has to battle," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Wright's walks. "I mean, standing out there on a hot day on that turf. That is why what our guys did offensively is that much more impressive. That's a grind for everybody. Not just the pitcher, the catcher. Everybody. … Mike he has so much want-to, sometimes it gets in his way. But you know, command. He was missing. The effectiveness he did have was because of his wildness."

Wright had thrown 101 pitches when he was sent out for the sixth inning, but he lasted just one more batter, allowing a leadoff single to Kevin Pillar.

"It was one pitch away from not being a rough one," Wright said. "I don't consider this a rough one. When I came out of the game, we were still in a good situation. Everybody's seems to be down, but I'm still very positive about today."

Right-handed relievers Mychal Givens and Dylan Bundy were unavailable, right-hander Brad Brach could have been used for an inning but only later in the game, and Showalter wanted to save right-hander Vance Worley in case he needs a long reliever Sunday. So Showalter turned to the lefty McFarland.

After Darwin Barney singled to put runners at the corners, the Blue Jays turned the lineup over with two right-handed pinch hitters. Devon Travis drove in Pillar with a sacrifice fly and Russell Martin drew a walk. McFarland then walked left-handed hitter Ezequiel Carrera.

Showalter stuck with McFarland against the Blue Jays' two best right-handed hitters. Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Encarnacion turned on a 1-0 sinker from McFarland, sending the sellout crowd of 47,651 at the Rogers Centre into a frenzy.

"It's real tough, McFarland said. "Obviously, our offense is incredible right now and really as a pitching staff all we need to do is kind of put up some zeroes when we need it and today I wasn't able to do that. Mike pitched a hell of a game and I was trying to come in and finish the sixth for him and couldn't pull through. Even later in the game, the offense showed that they're going to keep scoring and that's what hurts the most, that as a pitching staff we know the offense is going to be there, so we just kind of need to put up zeroes and I wasn't able to do it."

The Orioles bullpen gave up a total of seven runs, their most in a game since Sept. 30 against Toronto.

Showalter said he would consider summoning bullpen reinforcements from the minors before Sunday's game.

"It's one of the challenges of not having [setup man] Darren [O'Day]," Showalter said. "We've been able to overcome it. We're a right-hander short down there, but hopefully he'll get back [soon].

Wright is 0-3 with a 7.13 ERA in five career games against the Blue Jays. He has a 7.78 ERA this season against division opponents.

"In my last start, I worked on mechanics and it worked out and today I was out there thinking too much about mechanics and it did not work out," Wright said. There's just a fine line between the two. I thought I figured it out a little bit toward the end. That last base hit was tough. It was still a ground ball and I was still one pitch away from getting out of that and keeping my team within the ballgame."

Manny Machado gave the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the sixth with a solo homer off starter J.A. Happ, his 16th of the season.

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Before Chris Davis homered in the fourth, Joey Rickard hit his fifth homer of the season, his first since May 20 in Anaheim, Calif.

Machado and Rickard each had three hits.

Crushing in Toronto

Davis tied the game at 3 in the fourth inning with a two-run homer, his 15th of the season, off the left-handed Happ. Davis now has a homer in each of his past four games.

Davis turned on a first-pitch slider from Happ, sending it down the right-field line.

Saturday's homer marked Davis' 15th at Rogers Centre since the beginning of the 2012 season, the most of any opposing hitter at the domed park over that span.

All three of Davis' homers this series have either tied the game or given the Orioles the lead.

Davis' homer was the first Happ allowed against a left-handed hitter this season in 13 starts. Davis also homered off left-handed reliever Aaron Loup on Thursday night.

Encarnacion an Orioles killer

Encarnacion not only hit the game-winning homer Saturday, but he added a solo homer in the eighth inning off Orioles left-hander Brian Duensing for his 23rd career multihomer game.

"He's a good hitter," Showalter said. "This isn't any surprise. We make the pitches where we have been making on him, he's going to make you pay. We are just not making very good pitches and he's a good hitter. That's a bad combination."

In fact, if you take into account his game-winning walk-off homer in the 10th on Friday night, Encarnacion hit three homers in a span four official at-bats. That includes two walks Saturday.

On the day, Encarnacion was 3-for-3 and reached base in all five plate appearances.

"He's one of the best hitters I think I've faced," Wright said. "He's really good but he's also got holes. There's a reason he's batting .240. I think we give him too much credit."

Encarnacion's 12 multihomer games since the beginning of the 2014 season are the most in the majors.

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