Toronto Blue Jays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-8

TORONTO - Plays that could have been made weren't. A slide that should have happened didn't. And a stirring rally fell just short.

Ultimately, the reason the Orioles lost, 9-8, to the Toronto Blue Jays last night at Rogers Centre and dropped under .500 for the first time in nearly a month is the club unraveled for one inning.

The inescapable dagger was the Blue Jays' season-best, seven-run fourth inning in which they sent 12 batters to the plate against Orioles rooki...

A recap of the Orioles' 9-8 loss to the Blue Jays last night:

Batting around again

For the second consecutive game, the Toronto Blue Jays batted around in an inning. Last night, they sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs, the most the Jays have scored in one inning this season. It was the second time the Orioles allowed seven runs in an inning, the first coming against the Kansas City Royals on July 3.

Markakis still streaking

Nick Markakis kept hi...

Toronto - It's one of baseball's irritating mysteries. When one component is going well for a team, inevitably it seems another goes south.

Right now, the Orioles' hitting has been up and the pitching has been down.

After last night's 9-8 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles have scored five or more runs in nine of their past 11 games, outscoring opponents 72-62 during that span.

And yet they are just 4-7 in those games - and 4-5 when they have scored five r...