Blue Jays 12, Orioles 6: Edwin Encarnacion hit his fifth career grand slam as host Toronto outslugged Baltimore, spoiling Kevin Gausman's major-league debut.
Encarnacion turned on a Pedro Strop fastball in the sixth inning and lined it off the left-field foul pole as the Blue Jays improved to 3-1 on their nine-game homestand. J.P. Arencibia added a two-run shot and finished with four RBIs in support of Brandon Morrow (2-3), who prevailed despite allowing six runs on 10 hits over seven-plus innings.
Gausman (0-1), the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, was tagged for four runs on seven hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. Chris Davis, Nick Markakis and Adam Jones went deep in defeat for Baltimore, which has dropped seven of nine.
The Orioles struck for a pair of runs in the third, as Manny Machado laced a two-run double down the left-field line. Davis extended the lead in the fourth with a leadoff blast that deflected off the right-field foul pole for his 15th homer, tops in the majors.
Back-to-back doubles by Adam Lind and Arencibia put Toronto on the board in the bottom half of the inning, and Emilio Bonifacio made it a one-run game with a sacrifice fly. Arencibia vaulted the Blue Jays in front with a shot that barely cleared the left-field wall in the fifth, Encarnacion put the game away after Troy Patton and Strop combined to load the bases on three consecutive two-out walks and Toronto added four runs in a bat-around eighth.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Machado, who doubled three times and leads the majors with 21, is on pace to become the second player in history to record 50 or more doubles in his age-20/21 season. Alex Rodriguez hit 54 doubles with the Seattle Mariners in 1996, his first full season in the majors. ... Orioles LF Nate McLouth tumbled headlong into the first row of stands to catch a Colby Rasmus fly ball leading off the sixth. The third-base umpire ruled that McLouth held on to the ball - a decision that prompted one fan in the second deck to hurl a beverage at McLouth, narrowly missing him. ... Gausman threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes while regularly hitting 99 mph on the radar gun.