Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Baltimore Orioles Enjoying Playoff Hunt despite 6-4 Loss to Blue Jays in Toronto

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Baltimore Orioles Enjoying Playoff Hunt despite 6-4 Loss to Blue Jays in Toronto

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Baltimore Orioles enjoying playoff hunt

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TORONTO - A sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays would have been ideal for the Baltimore Orioles.

But they could not do it, losing 6-4 on Wednesday to the Blue Jays to drop out of a first-place tie with the New York Yankees in the American League East.

The Yankees were 6-4 winners over the Rays -- who are also in the thick of the AL East and AL wild-card races -- in Tampa Bay later in the night.

That helped New York lead the Orioles by one game and the Rays by 2 1-2 games after Wednesday's action.

The Orioles took two of three from the Blue Jays just as they did from New York at Yankee Stadium before travelling to Toronto. And that is the key for the Orioles in their improbable and unexpected run at the playoffs -- winning each series as they come up.

"That's been our goal all along, to win series and move on and that's what we did," said Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds who hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth inning against reliever Casey Janssen.

But the rally came up short and the Orioles finished their six-game trip at 4-2. Despite the loss they have won 21 of their past 30 games.

"They played a little better than we did tonight," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

"We've got to move on, we've got the Yankees tomorrow," said Orioles centre-fielder Adam Jones who homered and singled against Toronto starter Brandon Morrow. "It was a good, a successful road trip. We played a hell of a road trip man. All right let's go home."

The Orioles get another chance at the Yankees but this time at Baltimore's Camden Yards when they open a four-game series on Thursday against New York. The Rays then visit Baltimore for a three-game series.

Showalter tried to play down what was coming up for the next seven games.

"I don't know what we've got," he said. "It's good to go home any time. We had a good road trip, we would have liked to have won today. …

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