TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - The surging Baltimore Orioles blasted the host Toronto Blue Jays, 12-0, Tuesday night at the Rogers Center and pulled into a first-place ties in the American League's Eastern Division with the New York Yankees.
O's slugger Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homerun in the top of the 5th inning off Toronto starter Carlos Villanueva, breaking a scoreless tie. While the Orioles offense pounded Blue Jays pitching, Baltimore starter Zack Britton pitched seven scoreless innings to win his fifth game in six decisions.
Meanwhile, in St. Petersburg, the slumping Yankees lost their second straight game to the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2. Just a month ago, New York held a 10-game lead over the Orioles.
The last time the Orioles were in first-place this late in the season was just before the All Star break in 2005, when then-manager Lee Mazzilli managed the team.
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