- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - Josh Thole sat in front of his locker, his head lowered and cradled in his hands.

Several minutes earlier, the Toronto Blue Jays catcher let a slider get past him. Caleb Joseph took advantage of the miscue, sliding home with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.

After Joseph hit a two-out double off rookie Joe Biagini (0-1), Joey Rickard got an infield hit and Manny Machado walked. With Adam Jones at the plate, the pitch got past Thole and Joseph sprinted home.

“I just missed the ball,” Thole lamented, never looking up. “I have to catch those.”

It was only the second time in franchise history that Toronto lost on a passed ball. The other such defeat came against Detroit in April 1991.

“He’s a pro; he’s a great catcher back there,” teammate Michael Saunders said of Thole. “Things like that can happen to anybody.”

Mychal Givens (1-0) worked the 10th for Baltimore.

Josh Donaldson hit his sixth home run and Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs for the Blue Jays, whose three-game winning streak ended. Toronto stranded 10 and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

“A lot of lost opportunities,” manager John Gibbons acknowledged.

Down 3-2, the Blue Jays pulled even in the seventh. After Jones made a sensational diving catch of a sinking liner to center by Jose Bautista with Saunders on third base, Encarnacion delivered a two-out double.

But it all came apart in the 10th. It was the first time since the Orioles moved to Baltimore in 1954 that they won on a game that ended with a passed ball, according to STATS, LLC.

“Scoring runs is scoring runs,” manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s always important to have different ways to do it.”

Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez gave up two runs, five hits and four walks in five nerve-racking innings. The right-hander allowed the leadoff hitter to reach in each inning but limited Toronto to a 1-for-7 performance with runners in scoring position.

“I guess I found the pitches that I need,” Jimenez said.

Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey overcame a shaky start to limit Baltimore to three runs and five hits over six innings.

“He kept us in the game,” Saunders said. “Obviously, it didn’t finish the way we would have liked. It was another game where we could have won but didn’t.”

Baltimore’s first four batters combined for three hits and a walk. The key blow was an RBI double by Machado, who has a hit in all 13 games this season.

Toronto got to 3-1 in the third when Encarnacion bounced a run-scoring single off Machado’s glove at third.

Donaldson opened the fifth with a shot to right.

In the Toronto sixth, Ryan Goins was thrown out at the plate by Rickard, who recovered nicely after making a futile dive to catch Thole’s two-out single to left.

“I’d like to catch the ball there, make it a little bit easier,” Rickard said. “But I saw the guy in front of me, knew he was going to go, and Caleb made a good tag on him.”

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Jimenez worked out of jams in the first two innings. With runners at second and third in the first, he snared a line drive and turned a double play. Facing the same situation in the second inning, he struck out Kevin Pillar and Thole.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: Gibbons opted against using closer Roberto Osuna (broken fingernail). The right-hander got four outs Tuesday and said he couldn’t throw a slider.

Orioles: LHP Brian Matusz (ribcage) could come off the DL on Saturday, Showalter said. RHP Kevin Gausman (shoulder) made a rehab start with Triple-A Norfolk.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.77 ERA) makes his third start of the season in the series finale.

Orioles: Chris Tillman (1-1, 5.11) pitches for Baltimore, looking to improve on his 4-10 lifetime record against Toronto.

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