Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marco Estrada throws against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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June 10, 2016

TORONTO (AP) With one swing, Edwin Encarnacion snapped a slump, reached a milestone and won a game.

Encarnacion hit a game-ending home run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles 4-3 on Friday night, snapping Baltimore's winning streak at five.

''I'm really happy we won that game,'' Encarnacion said through an interpreter. ''It was really important for us.''

Encarnacion hit an opposite field shot off Brad Brach (5-1) to begin the 10th and end an 0-for-19 slump.

''They'd been throwing to me outside all day so I just tried to make an adjustment and it worked,'' Encarnacion said.

Brach lost for the first time since Sept. 28, 2015, also against Toronto. He gave Encarnacion credit for hitting a good pitch.

''Down and away, and maybe up just a tad, but slightly off the plate and he put a good swing on it,'' Brach said.

It was the fifth walkoff homer of Encarnacion's career.

''He's a feared guy,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

The homer gave Encarnacion 600 RBIs with Toronto. He's the eighth player in franchise history to reach the mark.

Drew Storen (1-2) pitched one inning for the win.

''Everyone has seen (Encarnacion's) power to the pull side but to just smash one on a line oppo is pretty fun to watch,'' Storen said.

Chris Davis hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Schoop added a solo blast for the Orioles, who came in tied with Seattle for the major league lead with 89 home runs.

''We didn't do a whole lot other than a couple of home runs,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada held the Orioles without a hit for the first four innings after taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Boston in his previous start.

Estrada lost his no-hit bid at Fenway on a home run and suffered the same fate in this one when Schoop drilled a one-out homer in the fifth, connecting on an 0-2 pitch.

Estrada allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.

''I made two mistakes and they both cost me,'' Estrada said.

Nolan Reimold and Ryan Flaherty both followed with singles, but Estrada escaped by getting Adam Jones to fly out, then striking out Hyun Soo Kim.

Encarnacion's homer, his 13th, gave the Blue Jays a 3-5 record in extra innings. Toronto has won six of eight at home to even its record at Rogers Centre at 15-15.

Davis has 15 home runs in 42 career games in Toronto. He's hit 33 homers against the Blue Jays since 2008, more than any other opponent.

Toronto tied it in the bottom of the sixth when Russell Martin hit an RBI single off the glove of diving shortstop Manny Machado.

''When you get the lead, you're supposed to shut the door, especially that next inning,'' Orioles starter Kevin Gausman said. ''That was what I was most upset about.''

Gausman allowed three runs, two earned and eight hits.


Ten of Baltimore's 36 errors have been made by pitchers.


When Davis mishandled Ezequiel Carrera's grounder in the ninth, the ball caromed straight to Brach, who tossed it back to Davis in time for the rare 3-1-3 putout.


Blue Jays: OF Jose Bautista (right thigh) was held out of the starting lineup. Bautista left Thursday's game after six innings with tightness in his thigh. Gibbons said he hopes Bautista will return Saturday. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (strained right quadriceps) suffered a setback while running the bases in an extended spring training game Friday.


Orioles: RHP Mike Wright (3-3, 5.14) allowed one run in seven innings to beat Kansas City in his previous start, winning his second straight decision. Wright took the loss in an April 19 home start against Toronto, allowing three runs in six innings.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (6-3, 3.57) allowed six runs in five innings in an 11-0 loss at Detroit on Monday. It was just the second time in 12 starts he failed to complete six innings. Happ has not faced Baltimore this season.

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