- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Orioles won the AL East last year by relying heavily on pitching and defense - qualities that were severely lacking in a loss to Toronto that solidified their hold on last place in the division.

Baltimore committed three errors, allowed 13 hits and hit two batters while falling 10-2 on Tuesday night.

Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and Josh Donaldson also connected for the Blue Jays, who scored the game’s last 10 runs.

That flurry included four unearned runs in the eighth inning, courtesy of throwing errors by first baseman Chris Davis and shortstop J.J. Hardy.

“I’ve been very privileged to watch a lot of really good defensive games played here the last few years,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “Obviously, tonight wasn’t one of them.”

The Orioles happily accepted the gift of poor fielding.

“I love it,” Donaldson said. “It’s one of those things, in the major leagues in general when you start giving extra outs to the other team it’s going to come back and bite you. When we’re on the side of it helping us a little bit we’ll take it every time. I’m not going to feel sorry for them.”

Mark Buehrle (5-2) gave up two runs in beating the Orioles for the third time this season. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA against Baltimore and 2-2 with a 9.00 ERA against everyone else.

Jimmy Paredes drove in two runs and Manny Machado had three hits for the last-place Orioles, who have lost six of eight.

It was the Orioles’ second straight home game following a two-week stretch in which they did not play before their fans because of rioting in the city. After wearing jerseys with “Baltimore” scripted across the front Monday, the team returned to its customary “Orioles” home jerseys, and the crowd of 17,319 kept the focus on baseball.

But Baltimore did not play well in any facet of the game.

“They’re swinging the bat. We’re not,” Machado said. “They’re hitting in key situations, and we’re just making too many errors. Plain and simple, we’re making too many errors. Dumb mistakes that we shouldn’t be doing. It’s not like us.”

Chris Tillman (2-5) gave up five runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings and hit two batters. The right-hander has lost four straight starts and is 0-3 against Toronto this year.

In the seventh, a throwing error by Davis and a single by Donaldson made it 3-2. Jose Bautista doubled and Donaldson scored on a passed ball before Encarnacion hit his seventh home run of the season.

The four-run eighth turned the game into a rout.

“We just let it get away from us at the end,” Showalter said. “Learn from it, and try to get back to being more of what we’re capable of.”

OPPOSITE DAY

Blue Jays: Encarnacion’s homers were both to the opposite field, a rarity for the free-swinging slugger. “I can’t remember the last time I saw him do that,” manager John Gibbons said. “That just shows you he’s staying on the baseball.”

Orioles: Baltimore had three Gold Glove winners last year, including Hardy. On Tuesday, the Orioles committed three errors in a game for the second time this season.

TRAINERS ROOM

Blue Jays: Bautista (shoulder) still hasn’t played in the field since April 21, but he has been valuable as a DH. “He’s one of the centerpieces of our lineup,” Gibbons said.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters (elbow) caught nine innings in extending spring training Tuesday, and remains on course to be activated off the 60-day DL on June 4. … RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder inflammation) said an MRI was clean, and he hopes to start throwing on flat ground this week.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Aaron Sanchez (3-2, 3.62 ERA) gets his third start of the season against the Orioles in the series finale Wednesday night.

Orioles: Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 3.57 ERA) is 6-2 lifetime against the Jays, the only AL East team he hasn’t faced this season.

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