- Associated Press - Sunday, April 13, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Three starts into his four-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, Ubaldo Jimenez is 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA.

Suffice to say the right-hander has yet to supply the proper return on his $50 million contract.

Jimenez allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings, and the Orioles fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 11-3 Sunday in the deciding matchup of a three-game series.

“I’ve been making too many mistakes right down the middle of the plate,” Jimenez lamented. “That’s something I have to work on.”

Asked if his slow start bothers him, Jimenez replied, “Yeah, of course. As a player, you want to win, you want to be there for your team. But I know it’s part of the game. I can’t give up, I can’t put my head down and feel sorry for myself.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter remains hopeful the right-hander will ultimately flash the form that enabled him to go 13-9 over 32 starts with Cleveland last year.

“If you look at his, kind of, history, he gets better as the year goes on,” Showalter said. “You trust the person and the character. He’s in good standing where that’s concerned. He’ll keep fighting. He’ll work his way through it.”

Chris Davis hit his first homer of the season for Baltimore, an eighth-inning drive off Esmil Rogers. Davis had a major league-leading 53 home runs last year.

“It feels good,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been swinging the bat good lately. I’ve been starting to come around a little bit.”

Matt Wieters also connected for the Orioles, who scored only five runs in the series.

Mark Buehrle allowed one run over seven innings to win his third straight start, and the Blue Jays hit three home runs and had a season-high 17 hits.

Jose Bautista hit a three-run drive and Colby Rasmus and Brett Lawrie had solo shots to help Toronto win the decisive matchup of the three-game series.

Rasmus, Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind each collected three hits for the Blue Jays, who enjoyed their highest scoring game of the year.

Buehrle (3-0) gave up five hits, walked none and struck out two. The left-hander has allowed only two runs in 21 innings, an 0.86 ERA.

“It means I’m getting really lucky and I’m fooling a lot of people,” Buehrle said. “I don’t know what’s going on.”

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