Adam Lind's drive off the left-field wall brought home the winning run in the 10th inning as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Saturday to end a three-game losing streak.
Joe Inglett opened the 10th with an infield hit and was forced at second on Marco Scutaro's bunt fielded by pitcher Danys Baez (4-6). Aaron Hill blooped a single to centre off the glove of second baseman Ty Wigginton before Lind's shot ended the game before a crowd of 28,613 at Rogers Centre.
Ace Roy Halladay starts for the Blue Jays (52-57) on Sunday when they look for a series win over the Orioles (46-64).
Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil left the game with one out in the fifth inning because of what was described as irritation in his left knee.
He made a sprawling scoop attempt on Robert Andino's infield single and gloved the ball to first baseman Lyle Overbay, but too late, and landed awkwardly.
Another left-hander, Brian Tallet, took his place with the game tied 2-2 and allowed four hits and one walk over five innings.
Nick Markakis led off the 10th with a double to left. Tallet struck out Aubrey Huff before being replaced by Jason Frasor (6-2), who finished the inning.
The Blue Jays led 2-0 after Alex Rios hit his 14th homer of the season with one out in the second after Overbay walked. Rios also homered in Friday's series opener, won 7-5 by the Orioles and now has an RBI in each of his past five games for a total of nine.
There was a report on Friday that a team had put in a claim for Rios.
"I've heard that most of the players go through waivers after the July 31 trade deadline is over," Rios said before the game. "I guess it's a normal process ... at this point I'm thinking that I'm staying here. That's the way I have to think about it."
The Orioles tied the game in the fourth, when Adam Jones reached on an infield single and took second on a throwing error by third baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Aubrey Huff doubled off the centre-field wall as the ball eluded the leap of Vernon Wells, scoring Jones. Nolan Reimold drove in the second run with a double down the left-field line.
The Orioles loaded the bases with one out in the sixth on a hit batter and two singles. Tallet worked out of it on a pop to short and a fly to centre.
Notes: Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts left the game for pinch-hitter Andino after suffering a bruised shin on a foul ball in his first-inning plate appearance, a walk. Andino took over at second. ... Halladay (11-5, 2.75 ERA) starts against Brian Matusz (1-0, 1.80 ERA). ... The Blue Jays visit the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays next week.