Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4

Brett Lawrie was a mess. After receiving a Gatorade bath, he

took a shaving cream pie to the face.

Before all that, Lawrie got two singles and an RBI in his major

league debut to help the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore

Orioles 5-4 on Friday night.

Lawrie hit a run-scoring single in his first at-bat and singled

in the eighth inning, missing a chance for a second RBI when Colby

Rasmus was thrown out at the plate.

Obtained last winter in a trade with Milwaukee, the 21-year-old

Lawrie is the 17th Canadian to play for the Blue Jays. He made an

error at third base in the second inning, but it was

inconsequential.

What mattered was his first major league hit, which sparked a

two-run second inning that enabled Toronto to wipe out an early

deficit. The ball was nestled in Lawrie’s locker, but he wasn’t so

sure because he could barely see and his ears were stuffed with

foam.

”It might be somewhere,” he said. ”It might be. I’m still

getting stuff out of my ears.”

With his mother, father and sister in the stands, Lawrie put on

a memorable performance.

”I’m glad I got the first one out of the way,” he said.

Toronto manager John Farrell was ejected in the seventh for

arguing too strongly that Baltimore’s Robert Andino was running in

the baseline on a grounder that resulted in a throwing error by

Toronto pitcher Luis Perez. Replays appeared to support Farrell’s

assertion.

Although Farrell was forced to watch Lawrie’s second hit on TV,

the manager could appreciate the manner in which the rookie handled

himself.

”If there weren’t nerves tonight, he wouldn’t be human,”

Farrell said. ”I’m sure there was some anxiety, some emotion

running high. What was most impressive was how he approached each

and every at-bat.”

Brad Mills (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1-3

innings to earn his second big league win. The first was on June

28, 2010, against Baltimore.

Jon Rauch gave up a two-out RBI double to Nick Markakis in the

ninth but retired Adam Jones on a popup for his 11th save in 16

tries.

Despite getting a homer from Jones, the Orioles lost for the

eighth time in 11 games. Baltimore is 3-7 against Toronto this

season and 6-22 versus the Jays since the start of the 2010

season.

Making his first start for Baltimore since being acquired

Saturday in a trade with Texas, right-hander Tommy Hunter (1-2)

gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings. He yielded at

least one hit in every inning and was lifted after using 78 pitches

to get 12 outs.

”I didn’t get ahead, I didn’t finish when I got ahead and when

I got behind, I gave up hits,” Hunter said. ”There’s really no

excuses for it. When they go out and give you two early runs like

that, you’ve got to go out and get a couple goose eggs up there,

and I didn’t do that tonight.”

The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first when Markakis beat out a

grounder and Jones drove a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left. It was

his 19th home run, tying a career-high.

Toronto pulled even in the second. Singles by Edwin Encarnacion

and Aaron Hill preceded Lawrie’s RBI single, a liner up the middle.

Yunel Escobar doubled in a run before Hunter retired Eric Thames on

a hard-hit comebacker.

The hits kept coming in the Blue Jays third. Jose Bautista

singled and Encarnacion was hit by a pitch before Rasmus delivered

an RBI single and Hill followed with a run-scoring grounder.

Mills was cruising until the sixth, when he issued two straight

one-out walks. The runners moved up on a passed ball, and a run

scored when Lawrie couldn’t handle Matt Wieters’ hot smash to

third. The single chased Mills, and Perez retired Nolan Reimold and

Josh Bell to keep it at 4-3.

Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth before the Orioles cut

down two straight runners at the plate.

NOTES: The Orioles are expected to place RHP Jake Arrieta

(elbow) on the 15-day DL on Saturday so they can recall RHP Chris

Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start against Toronto. Tillman

(2-4) was in the Baltimore clubhouse on Friday. … Toronto will

start RHP Brandon Morrow, who has allowed no more than three earned

runs in 13 of his 19 starts, on Saturday. … The Orioles will give

away Brian Matusz bobbleheads on Saturday. Matusz was optioned to

Norfolk on June 30 and remains there, trying to regain the velocity

on his fastball after missing the first two months of the season

with a ribcage injury. … Baltimore 1B Chris Davis was a late

scratch with a sore right shoulder.