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Aaron Laffey, 5 relievers help Blue Jays shut out Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles' Ryan Flaherty slams his bat

The Baltimore Orioles' Ryan Flaherty slams his bat after popping out against the Toronto Blue Jays during the ninth inning of a game. (Sept. 25, 2012) Credit: AP

BALTIMORE — Aaron Laffey and five relievers combined on a six-hitter as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles for the second straight game, 4-0 on Tuesday night.

Laffey (4-6) allowed five singles in 5 2-3 innings and won his first game since Aug. 5. He had been winless in his previous six starts. He neither walked nor struck out a batter.

Baltimore remained 1 1-2 games behind first-place New York in the AL East. The Yankees lost 5-4 at Minnesota.

The Orioles had won seven of their previous nine. They had not been shut out since Aug. 3.

Joe Saunders (2-3) pitched 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and 11 hits. He struck out two and walked none.

In the first inning, the Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead on Yan Gomes' RBI single that scored Brett Lawrie, who led off with a single.

Rajai Davis beat out an infield single with two outs in the fourth and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's double.

In the seventh, Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion had consecutive RBI singles to give Toronto a 4-0 lead.

Relievers Steve Delabar, Brett Cecil, Brandon Lyon, Darren Oliver and Casey Janssen combined to allow one hit — Chris Davis' seventh-inning double in 3 1-3 innings.

The Orioles loaded the bases in the ninth on an error and two walks, but Ryan Flaherty flied out to end the game.

Dylan Bundy made his second appearance for Baltimore. The 19-year-old pitched a scoreless ninth, but allowed his first hit.

NOTES: Orioles LHP Randy Wolf, who's suffering from discomfort in his pitching elbow, will consult with orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum before settling on his next step. Yocum performed Tommy John surgery on Wolf's left elbow in 2005. ... Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel, who's been out with a bad right knee, threw about 35 pitches off the mound. He hasn't pitched since leaving a game on Sept. 11. ... Orioles OF Lew Ford is out with a groin injury. ... Davis was credited with a first-inning single when his batted ball hit Gomes, who was ruled out. ... Baltimore RHP Miguel Gonzalez (7-4, 3.52) faces Toronto RHP Carlos Villanueva (7-6, 3.88) on Wednesday.

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