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Ryan Adams is providing an unexpected impact for the last-place Baltimore Orioles.

Jo-Jo Reyes would like to make one of his own against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Adams will try to continue his production at the plate while Reyes looks to beat his former club Wednesday night in the first meeting since being waived.

The Orioles (54-79) are at the bottom of the AL East, but have won seven of nine while Adams is hitting .333 with four doubles and four RBIs since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 22.

The rookie second baseman turned in a clutch performance Tuesday, capping a two-run 10th with an RBI single in a 6-5 win over Toronto (67-68) to open this three-game series at Camden Yards.

"In that situation, I was just trying to get the ball in the air," Adams said. "They were playing (the outfield) in and I got a pitch up. Right away, I knew it was going to be deep enough to get him in."

Reyes (7-10, 5.26 ERA) may find some extra motivation as he tries to help Baltimore win just its second series since late June.

He went 5-8 with a 5.40 ERA in 20 starts for Toronto before the club designated him for assignment on July 23. He gave up 15 runs in 9 2-3 innings over his final two starts with the Jays, and the Orioles claimed him off waivers earlier this month.

"Yeah, you know, of course," Reyes told the team's official website. "They let me go, so of course I'm going to have a little chip on my shoulder. But I can't let that affect my outing."

The left-hander is 2-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five games - four starts - since joining Baltimore, but is lacking consistency.

Reyes has alternated wins and losses over those four starts, allowing two runs in 12 innings in the victories. However, he's surrendered nine runs and 13 hits in nine innings of those losses.

Reyes was solid in a 6-1 victory at Minnesota on Thursday, allowing one run and five hits in six innings to help complete a four-game sweep.

He'll try to keep Toronto slugger Jose Bautista in check, something the Orioles have been very successful at this season. Bautista, tied for the major league lead with 38 homers, is batting .178 (8 for 45) with no home runs against Baltimore in 2011.

The Blue Jays have lost five of six and are hitting .206 during a 3-8 skid. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu continues to run the team in the absence of manager John Farrell, who is recovering from a bout of pneumonia.

Toronto is expected to turn to Henderson Alvarez (0-2, 4.76), who faces the Orioles for the first time.

The rookie right-hander has lost his last two trips to the mound despite a respectable 3.75 ERA. His offense has supported him with two runs in those two games.

Alvarez surrendered four runs and four hits - three homers - while walking two and hitting another batter in six innings of a 6-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Friday.

The Blue Jays have lost six of 10 at Camden Yards after a six-game win streak there.

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