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  • Baltimore Orioles' J.J. Hardy, right, celebrates his home run with teammates Nick Markakis, center, and Manny Machado, left, against the Toronto Blue Jays during first-inning AL baseball game action in Toronto, Friday May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Friday, May 24, 2013 10:35 pm

Davis hits 16th HR as Orioles beat Blue Jays

By IAN HARRISONAssociated Press

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 16th home run, Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBIs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6 on Friday night.

J.J. Hardy, Danny Valencia and Adam Jones all went deep as the Orioles matched a season high in runs and set a season high with four home runs. Baltimore has hit an ML-best 66 homers this season.

The teams combined for 33 hits, 16 by Baltimore and 17 by Toronto, with Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia the only starter on either side who didn't reach safely via a hit or walk. He went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts.

Melky Cabrera, Brett Lawrie and Adam Lind all hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, but Lawrie and manager John Gibbons were ejected at the end of the third inning.

Chris Tillman (4-2) allowed three runs and a season-high 10 hits in five innings to win for the fourth time in six starts. He walked none and matched a season high with seven strikeouts.

Brian Matusz got two outs in the sixth, Tommy Hunter pitched 2 1-3 innings and Darren O'Day finished in the ninth.

Blue Jays left-hander Sean Nolin was hit hard in his major league debut, allowing six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings. Called up from Double-A to face the Orioles, Nolin (0-1) suffered his first loss since Aug. 27, 2011, when he was pitching for Class A Lansing.

Nolin put his team in a hole before recording his first out. After singles by Markakis and Manny Machado, Hardy hit a three-run drive to left, his ninth.

Cabrera got one run back with his first career leadoff homer and second of the season in the bottom half, but the Orioles chased Nolin with three more in the third. A double, a walk and a single loaded the bases for Markakis, who cleared them with a double.

Lawrie led off the bottom of the second with his fifth home run and Colby Rasmus doubled and scored on Emilio Bonifacio's single, but the Orioles added to their lead in the fourth against Ramon Ortiz.

Davis led off with a second deck homer, his third in three games and fourth in five. Two batters later, Valencia hit his first homer, a two-run drive.

Jones made it 10-3 with a leadoff homer off Brad Lincoln in the sixth, but the Blue Jays scored twice against Matusz in the bottom half. Munenori Kawasaki hit an RBI double and scored on Cabrera's single.

Lind cut it to 10-6 with an opposite field homer off Hunter in the seventh, his fourth.

Lawrie was ejected by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after he was called out looking to strand runners at the corners in the third. Lawrie flipped his bat and tossed his helmet and gloves on the ground as he walked up the third base line toward his position, leading to his first ejection this season. Gibbons was tossed for the third time when he came out to argue.

NOTES: Mark DeRosa replaced Lawrie. ... Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy, who was shut down last month because of elbow pain, reported full range of motion and no pain in his arm during an examination Friday. Bundy is not yet ready to resume throwing. ... Baltimore's Adam Jones returned to the outfield after three straight starts at DH. ... To make room on the roster for Nolin, the Blue Jays placed LHP Darren Oliver (shoulder) on the 15-day DL and moved LHP J.A. Happ (head, knee) from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.