Joseph homers in fourth straight game, O's edge Blue Jays
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Caleb Joseph homered in his fourth straight game, Miguel Gonzalez tossed six solid innings and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1, in the rubber match of a key three-game series.
Gonzalez (6-6) gave up one run on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Andrew Miller, Darren O'Day and Zach Britton each tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
The Orioles have won four of five and hold a five-game lead over Toronto and New York for first place in the AL East.
Anthony Gose homered for the Blue Jays, who have dropped five of six. J.A. Happ (8-6) took the hard-luck loss after allowing five hits, including the two-run blast to Joseph in the fourth inning. He had a career-high 12 strikeouts over eight innings.
Toronto's Melky Cabrera left in the third, two innings after he was hit on the right elbow by a pitch from Gonzalez. Nolan Reimold took over for Cabrera, who had started as the designated hitter. X-rays were negative, and Cabrera is considered day-to-day.
After getting the day off on Wednesday, Joseph hit a two-run homer in the fourth. His blast over the wall in left tied a club record for most consecutive games with a home run by a catcher, previously done by Ramon Hernandez (2006) and Gus Triandos (1959).
The Blue Jays got within one on Gose's homer in the fifth.
Toronto failed to advanced a runner past first the rest of the way.
The Orioles lead the season series by a 7-6 margin ... Gonzalez improved to 5-2 lifetime against the Blue Jays ... Prior to Thursday's game, Toronto placed third baseman Brett Lawrie on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. The Blue Jays recalled pitcher Rob Rasmussen from Triple-A Buffalo to fill the roster spot.
08/07 22:44:31 ET