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Kawsaki hits game-winning double for Blue Jays

Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-ending two-run double in a four-run ninth inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Associated Press

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TORONTO —

Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-ending two-run double in a four-run ninth inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

Trailing 5-2 to begin the ninth against Orioles closer Jim Johnson (2-5), the Blue Jays got a leadoff double from Edwin Encarnacion, a single from Adam Lind and an RBI single by J.P. Arencibia.

Brett Lawrie flied out and Anthony Gose walked to load the bases for Mark DeRosa, who made it 5-4 with a fielder's choice.

That brought up Kawasaki, who lined a double up the alley in left-center, scoring Arencibia and DeRosa from first with the winning run.

Kawasaki tossed his helmet in the air in joy as he rounded second base and was mobbed by his teammates as DeRosa slid home without a throw.

The blown save was Johnson's fourth of the season and fourth in five chances.

Steve Delabar (4-1) got the win despite allowing Matt Wieters' two-run double in the ninth.

Baltimore's Adam Jones homered for the fourth consecutive game and Wieters had four hits and three RBIs for the Orioles.

Jones hit a one-out solo homer to left off Aaron Loup in the seventh inning, his 10th. The home run was his ninth at Rogers Centre since the start of the 2012 season, the most by any opposing player.

Jones has hit safely in 16 straight games against Toronto, dating to Aug. 24, 2012. His four-game homer streak is the longest of his career. He's had three-game streaks three times.

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run and four hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out a season-high seven. The right-hander, who landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a blister on his thumb, had not won since beating the Blue Jays in Baltimore on April 23.

Nick Markakis was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on Jones' double to left field in the first, with shortstop Kawasaki making the relay throw to the plate.

The Orioles took the lead in the second against Blue Jays right-hander Chad Jenkins. Chris Davis led off with a double, went to third on J.J. Hardy's single and scored when Wieters doubled to left. One batter later, Hardy scored on Danny Valencia's groundout.

The Blue Jays cut the deficit in half in the fourth when Lind scored on Lawrie's sacrifice fly.

Starting for the second time this season, Jenkins allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked three, two intentional, and struck out two.

Baltimore loaded the bases against Thad Weber in the sixth but Manny Machado grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Hunter replaced Matusz after Melky Cabrera's two-out walk in the seventh. Singles by Jose Bautista and Encarnacion loaded the bases for Lind, but he flied out on the first pitch.

Kawasaki made it 3-2 in the eighth with a bases loaded single that ticked off the glove of leaping second baseman Alexi Casilla. Hunter limited the damage by getting Cabrera to ground into a fielder's choice, with Lawrie thrown out at the plate, then bare-handing Bautista's one-hopper back to the mound to end the threat.

NOTES: Davis was intentionally walked three times. ... Arencibia drew a one-out walk in the sixth, his third of the season and first since April 22. ... Orioles manager Buck Showalter said pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who was shut down last month because of elbow and forearm soreness, is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews and could begin a throwing program June 10.


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