Brian Roberts and Nate McLouth homered for the Orioles, whose six-game skid ties their longest of the season.
Down the stretch, Baltimore lost its hitting touch and ability to win the tight ones. The scores of those six losses: 3-1, 5-4, 5-1, 3-1, 5-4 and 3-2.
“For some reason, our consistency offensively wasn’t there, as it should have been at the end,” McLouth said
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman gave up one run, five hits and a walk in seven innings. He tied a career high with nine strikeouts and left with a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen immediately gave up the advantage in the eighth.
Reyes greeted Kevin Gausman with a single and reached third with one out before Lawrie struck out on a 3-2 pitch. DeRosa pinch hit for Adam Lind and delivered an opposite-field bloop single off Brian Matusz to knot the score at 2.
Vying for his fourth straight win for the Blue Jays, starter Todd Redmond had a decent outing — except for two pitches, the ones Roberts and McLouth sent over the scoreboard in right field in the third inning. Redmond allowed two runs and eight hits over 5 2-3 innings.
“I didn’t have my best stuff compared to my last couple of outings but I tried to give the guys a chance to win,” the right-hander said. “The offense came through and we did.”
Toronto got a second-inning run when Ryan Goins hit a two-out RBI single. In the bottom half, the Orioles loaded the bases with one out but failed to score.
In the third, however, Roberts and McLouth connected within a span of three pitches to put Baltimore up 2-1. It was the fifth time this season the Orioles hit back-to-back homers, the second time against the Blue Jays.
But the lead ultimately wouldn’t hold up — as has been the case so often this season.
“It’s a lot of close games,” Showalter said. “There’s some things we did well and some things we didn’t. But there’s a lot of good baseball ahead for this team and this organization.”