Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2

It’s tough enough these days for the Baltimore Orioles to get 27

outs in a winning effort.

Getting 28 outs and a victory proved far too difficult a task

Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jose Bautista and Alex Gonzalez hit consecutive homers in the

eighth inning after a two-out error by Miguel Tejada, and the Blue

Jays beat the Orioles 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep.

Kevin Millwood (0-1) took a three-hitter and a 2-1 lead into the

eighth. The right-hander retired the first two batters before

Tejada – a career shortstop now playing third base – misplayed a

sharp grounder by John McDonald.

“I wish I could catch that ball. I tried my best,” Tejada

said.

Bautista then hit a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats to put

Toronto ahead for the first time. Gonzalez followed with his second

homer of the game, a drive inside the foul pole in left.

Game over.

“When things aren’t going right for you and you give the other

club a four-out inning, that’s what happens,” Orioles manager Dave

Trembley said.

It was the first error of the season for Tejada, who has worked

hard to make the transition to the hot corner.

“Even (Evan) Longoria, a Gold Glove last year, can make an

error. That’s an error anybody can make,” he said.

Tejada did, however, feel bad for Millwood.

“He pitched a great game. I’m really sorry what just

happened,” Tejada said. “I wish I could catch the ball and he

could win the game. But what can I do?”

It was Millwood’s second start since coming to the Orioles in an

offseason trade with Texas. Before Tejada’s error, the only runners

to reach were Gonzalez, who homered leading off the fourth, and

McDonald, who singled twice and finished with three hits.

“Kevin was pitching great,” Toronto manager Cito Gaston said.

“He kept our guys off balance most of the day. We just got an

extra out. Sometimes you give an extra out to your opponent and it

comes back to bite you. That happened to him today.”

Edwin Encarnacion made it 5-2 with a ninth-inning shot off Cla

Meredith.

Baltimore is 1-5 this season, mainly because of its inability to

hold a late lead. The Orioles have allowed runs in the eighth or

ninth inning of every game, and 11 of the 27 runs they’ve yielded

overall have come in the final two innings.

That – combined with the fact that Toronto has scored 12 of its

29 runs in the eighth and ninth – explains why the Blue Jays

celebrated their first sweep in Baltimore since August 2004.

“I think we have to give most of the credit to the pitching

staff. They keep us in games,” Bautista said. “They’ve given us a

chance to do these type of things when the situations come

up.”

Casey Janssen (3-0) pitched the seventh after Toronto starter

Shaun Marcum gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings.

Kevin Gregg got three outs for his second save.

Baltimore scored all its runs in the first inning. Tejada hit an

RBI double and Luke Scott followed with a run-scoring grounder.

After wasting a leadoff triple by Adam Jones in the third, the

Orioles got only one runner past first base the rest of the

way.

NOTES: Toronto has won five straight. … Baltimore reliever

Koji Uehara (hamstring) threw 25 pitches off the mound in Sarasota,

Fla., as part of his effort to return from the 15-day disabled

list. … Gonzalez has four homers and at least one hit in all six

games this season (9 for 26). … Orioles 2B Brian Roberts

(abdominal strain) missed a second straight game and probably will

be placed on the DL on Monday.