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Blue Jays botch it in extras, fall to Orioles

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Apr 20, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard (23) slides to score a run as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole (22) cannot catch the ball in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 20, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard (23) slides to score a run as Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole (22) cannot catch the ball in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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A sinking fastball got away from Josh Thole in the bottom of the tenth with the bases loaded to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 walk-off win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Camden Yards

Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey stumbled out of the gate, allowing all three of his earned runs against in the first inning. He quickly buckled down, though, powering through six innings allowing a total of just five hits while striking out four.

Edwin Encarnacion gave Toronto two clutch RBI hits in this one, his first coming on a ground ball single that skipped over the glove on Manny Machado in the third inning to score Michael Saunders.

With Saunders at third base again in the seventh and Jose Bautista at the plate with one out, Adam Jones made a fine diving catch on a fly ball to centre. Unfortunately, Saunders jumped the gun at third, taking off a moment too early which prevented him from scoring after he was forced to turn back. Thankfully for Saunders, Encarnacion was there to save the day with a base hit.

Right-hander Gavin Floyd came on in relief for Dickey and looked very strong, throwing a good fastball with his slider working on both sides of the strike zone. He covered the seventh and eighth innings, striking out two batters and dropping his ERA to 2.84.

Drew Storen took the ninth, and while he surrendered some hard contact and was bailed out by Josh Thole throwing out Nolan Reimold at second, he pushed the Jays into extra innings for the first time in 2016. Joe Biagini (0-1) got the ball in extras, allowing two hits and a walk to pick up his first loss of the season. A tough outing for the rookie, who pitched better than his line might suggest.

On Thursday, the Blue Jays send Marco Estrada to the mound to face Chris Tillman of the Orioles.

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