- Associated Press - Thursday, August 7, 2014

TORONTO (AP) - August is only a week old, and it’s already the best month of Caleb Joseph’s young major league career.

Joseph homered for the fourth consecutive game, Miguel Gonzalez won for the first time in three starts and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Thursday night.

“Caleb has been doing a great job,” Gonzalez said. “He’s hungry, he wants to be here. He’s doing a good job offensively and defensively. We’re happy to have him.”

The Orioles won for the fourth time in five games and lead the AL East by five games over Toronto and the New York Yankees. It was the AL-best 35th road victory for Baltimore, which has won six consecutive series, extending a season-best streak.

“We knew we had to come in and try to take care of business,” Joseph said of the series with Toronto. “Taking two of three is gratifying because they’re coming after us hard.”

Joseph’s drive matched an Orioles record for catchers. Ramon Hernandez (2006) and Gus Triandos (1959) also homered in four straight games.

Chris Davis was the last Baltimore player to go deep in four straight games, accomplishing the feat from July 11-14, 2013.

Joseph, who’s filling in for injured All-Star Matt Wieters, is 6 for 17 with four home runs and seven RBIs this month.

Gonzalez (6-6) allowed four hits in six innings, including Anthony Gose’s leadoff homer in the fifth. The right-hander improved to 2-1 with a 2.78 ERA in his last seven starts.

Andrew Miller worked the seventh, Darren O’Day pitched the eighth and Zach Britton finished for his 24th save in 27 chances.

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (8-6) struck out a career-high 12 in a season-best eight innings. He allowed two runs and five hits.

“He was fantastic,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “That’s a game you normally think you’re going to win.”

Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera left in the third, two innings after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Gonzalez.

Nolan Reimold took over for Cabrera, who had started as the designated hitter. X-rays on Cabrera’s elbow were negative.


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