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Orioles score 4 in 9th to beat Blue Jays 13-9

Jun 21, 2015 - 11:47 PM Toronto, ON ( - J.J. Hardy stroked a go-ahead RBI single during a four-run ninth inning that lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a wild 13-9 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

Hardy also had an RBI hit to tie the score in the seventh after the Orioles, who led 7-0 in the second inning, had fallen behind 9-7.

"Just had one of those feelings that it was going to be a slugfest. The ball was flying. Luckily we came out on top," said Hardy. "These last two [games] here were big just considering the team over there has been playing so good. This was a big series for us."

Jimmy Paredes had three hits, including a three-run homer during a seven-run second inning for Baltimore that knocked rookie Blue Jays right-hander Scott Copeland out of the game early in his third career start.

Manny Machado also had three hits and knocked in two runs and Ryan Flaherty added two hits and three RBI for the Orioles, who won the last two games of the series after nearly being no-hit by Marco Estrada on Friday.

They scored three runs in the ninth inning to win Saturday's game 5-3 and are 13-4 in their last 17.

Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back home runs in the second off Baltimore starter Chris Tillman, who also didn't make it out of the inning.

Jose Bautista added a two-run homer in the fourth to give the Blue Jays a lead and finished with four RBI.

Brett Cecil (1-4) walked Chris Davis and pinch-hitter Nolan Reimold with one out in the top of the ninth before Hardy bounced a hit up the middle to knock in the go-ahead run.

"I got a little bit confused," Jays shortstop Jose Reyes said of letting the deciding hit through the infield. "That's no excuse. That should be into the double play there and Cecil would be out of the inning."

Flaherty followed with a triple to right-center to score two more and give the Orioles their 12-9 lead.

The Blue Jays had taken a 9-7 lead on Bautista's long homer to center field in the fourth, his 18th of the season.

Davis' 15th home run of the season, to center off Phil Coke in the fifth, got the Orioles within 9-8 and they tied the score on Hardy's hit off Steve Delabar in the seventh.

Toronto left runners at first and second in the bottom of the eighth when Darren O'Day (4-0) got Edwin Encarnacion on a foul pop-up behind home plate at the end of a nine-pitch at-bat.

Both starting pitchers got just four outs.

The Orioles had eight hits during a seven-run second. The first six were singles, including RBI hits by Snider, Flaherty, David Lough and Machado.

Paredes' one-out homer to left came on Copeland's final pitch. Reliever Bo Schultz walked two, but escaped without giving up another run in the inning.

Carrera's three-run homer in the bottom of the second was his first of the season. Pillar homered just two pitches later to get the Blue Jays within 7-4.

Tillman, who carried a three-start winning streak into the game but was 0-3 in three previous outings against Toronto this season, was yanked after giving up a single to Ryan Goins and a double to Reyes. Tommy Hunter gave up a two- run bloop single to Bautista that got the Blue Jays within 7-6.

Toronto tied the score against Hunter in the third after Russell Martin led off with a double and scored on Pillar's single.

Game Notes

The Blue Jays are 7-5 against the Orioles this season. The teams face each other seven more times, but not again until Sept. 4-6 in Toronto ... Tillman made his 18th career start against Toronto, tied with Boston for his most common opponent ... The Orioles recalled rookie reliever Oliver Drake from Norfolk and optioned fellow right-hander Kevin Gausman to the Triple-A team ... Baltimore remains on the road for a three-game set against Boston starting Tuesday ... Toronto goes on the road for a three-game series against Tampa Bay beginning Monday.