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Buehrle, Blue Jays cruise to 11-3 win over Orioles
TORONTO 11, BALTIMORE 3

By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

BALTIMORE (AP) -- When the Toronto Blue Jays broke out their
two-week slump at the plate, nothing could stop them from
circling the bases - except a gaffe by an overeager ball girl.

Jose Bautista launched a three-run homer and Colby Rasmus and
Brett Lawrie added solo shots as the Blue Jays set season highs
for runs and hits Sunday to beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-3
Sunday.

"We figured it was a matter of time and we knew it was going to
happen," manager John Gibbons said. "We know we have a good
lineup."

"It was a good all-around effort," he said.

A ball girl at Camden Yards turned in an excellent effort, too.
But too bad for her, it came on a ball that was still in play.

It was 1-all in the fourth when Adam Lind walked on four pitches
and Edwin Encarnacion hit a hard grounder down the third base
line. The ball girl near the left-field seats quickly ran to
field it, making a neat pickup.

She took delight in her play until she realized sheepishly that
she interfered with a live ball, which forced Lind to stop at
third on the ground-rule double.

Dioner Navarro followed with a run-scoring groundout and
Jonathan Diaz executed a perfect suicide squeeze on a pitch that
came in at eye level.

Encarnacion, Lind and Rasmus each got three of the Blue Jays' 17
hits, and six different players had RBIs. Toronto had scored
four runs or fewer in 10 of its first 12 games.

Mark Buehrle (3-0) gave up one run on five hits, walked none and
struck out two over seven innings. The left-hander has allowed
only two runs in 21 innings, an 0.86 ERA.

"It means I'm getting really lucky and I'm fooling a lot of
people," Buehrle said. "I don't know what's going on."

Chris Davis hit his first homer of the season for Baltimore, an
eighth-inning drive off Esmil Rogers. Davis had a major
league-leading 53 home runs last year.

Matt Wieters also connected for the Orioles, who scored only
five runs in losing two of three to Toronto.

Ubaldo Jimenez (0-3) allowed five runs and 10 hits over 5 1-3
innings in his third straight ineffective start. Signed to a
four-year contract as a free agent in February, the right-hander
has yielded 23 hits in 16 innings and owns a 7.31 ERA.

"You want to win, you want to be there for your team," Jimenez
said. "But I know it's part of the game. I can't give up, I
can't put my head down and feel sorry for myself. I have to keep
working hard and find a way to be there."

Toronto pulled away with a five-run seventh, its biggest inning
of the year. Lawrie hit a solo shot before Rasmus and
Encarnacion hit two-run doubles off Josh Stinson.

Bautista connected in the eighth against Stinson to make it
11-1. Five of his nine hits this year are home runs.

In addition to hitting the ball hard, the Blue Jays played sound
defense. Rasmus deftly chased down two flyballs in center and
Lawrie made a sensational stop and throw at third base to rob
Jonathan Schoop of a hit in the fifth inning.

"(Buehrle) had some defense behind him," Gibbons said. "He
pitches to contact. They hit some balls deep but he kept them in
the ballpark."

Rasmus put Toronto up 1-0 in the first inning with his second
home run in two games, a towering drive that became the 78th in
the 23-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street
beyond the right field wall.

Baltimore pulled even in the bottom half when Nick Markakis
singled and scored on a groundout by Adam Jones. But the Orioles
wasted a leadoff double by Steve Pearce in the second, leaving
them 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.

"As an offense, we definitely want to score some more runs early
in the game," Davis said. "When you go up there and put up a run
early, you've got to continue to score runs. Tip your hat to
Buehrle. He's been around. He knows how to pitch. He used our
aggressiveness against us today."

NOTES: Toronto 2B Maicer Izturis was put on the DL after the
game with a sprained left knee. ... The Blue Jays have Monday
off before opening a three-game series in Minnesota. The Orioles
send Wei-Yin Chen to the mound Monday night in the opener of a
three-game series against Tampa Bay. ... Jones reached on an
infield single in the third inning for his 1,000th career hit.
... Toronto's Melky Cabrera extended his hitting streak to 13
games, longest in franchise history to start a season. ...
Bautista has reached in all 13 games either by hit or walk.

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