TORONTO — David Price earned his 100th career victory, Jose Bautista hit his 32nd home run of the season and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Saturday.
The AL East-leading Blue Jays bounced back from a 10-2 loss to Baltimore on Friday night. Toronto hasn’t dropped two in a row since Aug. 14-15 against the Yankees.
Price (14-5) allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. He’s 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA since joining Toronto in a July 30 trade with Detroit, and 100-56 overall in eight seasons.
Bautista hit a solo home run off Mike Wright (2-4) in the first and made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the third.
Baltimore slugger Chris Davis, who had hit five home runs in his previous three games, went 1 for 3 with a walk and struck out twice.
Ben Revere’s single gave Toronto another run in the fourth, and the Blue Jays added two more against reliever Jason Garcia in the fifth. Russell Martin’s groundout drove in a run and Ryan Goins followed with an RBI double.
Price surrendered an RBI single to Caleb Joseph in the seventh but struck out Junior Lake and Paul Janish to strand runners at first and second.
The left-hander walked four, matching a season high, and struck out eight.
Wright made his first big league start since June 19, when he allowed four runs and walked four in 1 1-3 innings in a 5-4 loss at Toronto.
Working on three days’ rest, Wright gave up three runs and seven hits in four innings.
Orioles: SS J.J. Hardy (left groin) took batting practice before the game and remains on track to be activated off the DL before Tuesday’s game at New York against the Yankees.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (9-10, 4.87 ERA) starts Sunday’s series finale. Tillman is 0-3 with a 15.00 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays this season.
Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (11-8, 3.16 ERA) will move up a day to pitch in place of LHP Mark Buehrle, who’s being pushed back to Monday afternoon’s game at Fenway Park in Boston. Buehrle will get six days of rest after complaining of fatigue following his most recent start. Estrada will be on regular rest because of Thursday’s day off.
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