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The Baltimore Orioles went into Toronto on Friday, September 13th in desperate need of staying in contention for a possible wild-card playoff position.   After splitting the first two games with the Blue Jays, the O’s emerged victorious in the critical third game of the series, defeating the Jays, 3-1.  The victory left the Orioles 2 1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers in the wild-card race.  Oriole starting pitcher Miguel Gonzales pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 6 hits before leaving the game with soreness in his pitching arm.  He was replaced by rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman.  Gonzales was aided by a 2-out 3rd inning 2-run double by Oriole designated hitter Danny Valencia. Those runs proved to be all the O’s would need to outscore the Jays.  Oriole closer Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless 9th inning to record his 45th save in 54 save opportunities.

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