TORONTO — Mike Wright took out some frustration by repeatedly pounding the dugout bench with his fist after being replaced in the second inning Friday night.
Fortunately for the Baltimore Orioles right-hander, the seat was padded.
Marco Estrada took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight at home, beating Wright and the Orioles 5-4.
Wright (2-3) lost his third straight start, giving up four runs and three hits in 1 1/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.
“I feel like my last three outings have been a battle,” Wright said. “I’ve got to figure some stuff out to give my team a chance.”
Wright issued a career-high four walks, leaving after a four-pitch, bases-loaded pass to Jose Bautista.
“He never really settled in,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Wright. “He wasn’t commanding the ball on either side of the plate.”
Estrada’s brilliant start overshadowed the latest round of bad blood between the Blue Jays and Orioles.
Batting for Steve Pearce, pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes broke up Estrada’s no-hit bid with a bloop single to left to begin the eighth, ending a streak of 15 straight outs.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in for the ejected Gibbons, immediately came out and replaced Estrada with Roberto Osuna. Estrada, who threw a season-high 118 pitches, left to a standing ovation from the crowd of 32.322.
“I wanted to keep going,” Estrada said. “If I had to throw 200 pitches today, I would have.”
Estrada (5-3) won his fourth straight start, allowing one run in seven-plus innings. He walked four and struck out six.
“We knew the change up was a big pitch for him,” Showalter said. “He’s got great arm speed on it. It’s one of those that you can know it’s coming and still not get a good pass at it.”
Dave Stieb still has thrown the only no-hitter in Blue Jays history, doing it against Cleveland on Sept. 2, 1990.
Adam Jones hit a two-out, two-run single off Brett Cecil in the ninth, but Cecil struck out Chris Davis for his fifth save.
The Blue Jays and Orioles, AL East rivals who have feuded several times in recent seasons, wasted no time in turning up the tension.
Bautista was hit by a pitch in the first and Gibbons was ejected for arguing after both benches were warned.
Wright brushed Bautista back with an 0-1 pitch, prompting warnings from plate umpire CB Bucknor. Gibbons came out and was ejected before engaging in a lengthy discussion with crew chief Dale Scott.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter came out at the end of the first to speak with Bucknor, but was not ejected.
Osuna and Hale were ejected after Osuna hit Jones to load the bases with one out in the eighth.
Bautista has a history with Orioles reliever Darren O’Day dating to 2013, but several different incidents have fueled the rivalry. The most recent came in an April 21 game at Toronto when Bautista argued with Jones after Orioles rookie Jason Garcia threw behind the Blue Jays slugger.
Bautista, who traded words with Baltimore’s dugout after being hit, didn’t bite when asked how he felt about the incident.
“I’m not going to contribute to turn this into TMZ or a gossip column,” he said.
Jones wasn’t too bothered about being hit, but did say the warnings might have been premature.
“I wasn’t too happy when the warnings came out immediately,” Jones said. “The umpires are trying to get a hold of the game. I understand it.”
HOT AT HOME
The nine-game home winning streak is Toronto’s longest since 1998, when it also won nine. The Blue Jays won a record 10 straight at home in 1985.
Orioles: Jones returned as DH after missing three games with a sore right shoulder. He’s expected to play the outfield Saturday. … 2B Jonathan Schoop (right knee) went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts in his first rehab game at Double-A Bowie.
Orioles: RHP Kevin Gausman is expected to be activated off the 15-day DL to start Saturday. It will be the first start of the season for Gausman, who made eight relief appearances before landing on the DL with a sore shoulder. He went 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three rehab starts.
Blue Jays: LHP Mark Buehrle is 3-0 with a 3.50 ERA in three starts against the Orioles this season. However, he’s gone 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA in day games. Buehrle’s lone daytime victory came April 10 at Baltimore, his 200th career win.
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