- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - In a matchup between the two top teams in the AL East, a rookie right-hander got the best of a 35-year-old looking for his major-league leading 11th win.

Kevin Gausman gave up one run over six innings and Delmon Young homered as the Baltimore Orioles beat Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Thursday night.

Nick Markakis had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who moved within 3 1-2 games of first-place Toronto.

Gausman (2-1) allowed five hits, walked three and struck out three in his second consecutive solid outing. The 2012 first-round draft pick stymied Oakland on June 7 after being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk and now appears to be a fixture in the starting rotation.

Well, maybe.

“He’s done what it takes to be considered,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s taking care of his end of it.”

Gausman, 23, has given up only two runs in 13 innings during his latest stint with Baltimore.

“I feel good about what I’ve done. I feel comfortable right now,” Gausman said. “Whatever happens is going to be for the club’s best interest.”

Zach Britton worked the ninth for his sixth save. The victory wasn’t secured, however, until a replay review confirmed the final out on a double-play grounder.

Buehrle (10-3) yielded four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings to lose his second straight start following a six-game winning streak. The left-hander allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his previous 13 starts.

“I feel like there were times I made a lot of mistakes and they made me pay for them” Buehrle said. “And I made a few good pitches and they put the ball in play and got some base hits.”

Toronto has lost three straight and five of six, scoring only four runs in those five defeats.

“As hot as we were, we were going to cool off sooner or later,” manager John Gibbons said. “We’ll get it going. We’re too good of an offense. We’ll be OK.”

Baltimore needed just two at-bats to take a 2-0 lead. Markakis led off with a single and the seldom-used Young sent a changeup into the seats in left field, his first home run since April 8, and only the fourth against Buehrle this season.

It was the eighth straight game in which Toronto allowed the opposition to score first. In those games, the Blue Jays have been outscored 16-4 in the first three innings.

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