- Associated Press - Monday, September 13, 2010

BALTIMORE | After waiting the entire season to beat the Toronto Blue Jays, the Baltimore Orioles didn’t mind at all playing a couple extra innings to make it happen.

Luke Scott singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th, and Baltimore ended a 12-game losing streak against the Blue Jays with a 4-3 victory Monday night.

Brian Roberts homered for the Orioles, now 1-12 against Toronto this season. Those 12 losses came before manager Buck Showalter arrived in Baltimore and rejuvenated a 32-73 team that has gone 24-15 since his debut on Aug. 3.

“It’s no secret, we’ve been playing better baseball since he got the job,” shortstop Cesar Izturis said. “It’s a different ballclub. We’ve got more energy right now.”

Nick Markakis led off the 11th with a single off Brian Tallet (2-6). After a groundout by Ty Wigginton advanced Markakis, Scott lined a single to center that easily brought home the decisive run.

“He made his pitch. It was a cutter that actually ran off the plate,” Scott said. “It worked out good for me because I hit it off the end of the bat and the ball wasn’t able to stay up. It’s a funny game how it works out, but it’s a good win for us.”

Baltimore improved to 12-3 in extra innings this season.

“To our credit, facing adversity we haven’t given up,” Scott said. “We’ve been battling hard for everything that we get. Hopefully that attitude will turn things around for us.”

David Hernandez (7-8) got two outs to earn the victory.

Baltimore won despite going 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position and stranding 15.

The game attracted a meager crowd of 9,882, in part because it was played while the Baltimore Ravens faced the New York Jets in a televised NFL game. The smallest gathering in the 19-year history of Camden Yards is 9,129.

Edwin Encarnacion homered for the Blue Jays, extending Toronto’s streak of successive games with a home run to 15 — the team’s longest such run since July 2000. It was the 14th homer of the season for Encarnacion, who came off the disabled list Monday after being sidelined with a sprained left wrist.

Orioles starter Brian Matusz pitched only one inning before leaving with a bruise on the back of his upper arm, an injury that occurred when he was struck by a line drive off the bat of Yunel Escobar. The rookie had won his previous four starts.

“It’s fine,” Matusz said of the injury. “It’s in a spot that really doesn’t scare me too much.”

Rick VandenHurk came in and retired the first 12 batters before Encarnacion hit a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats leading off the sixth. VandenHurk allowed one run and two hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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