TORONTO (AP) -- Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera each hit three-run homers in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Tuesday night.
Edwin Encarnacion connected for his first homer of the season for Toronto, another three-run drive. Lawrie's long ball off Evan Meek (0-1) snapped a 3-all tie in front of a sparse crowd of 14,866 at Rogers Centre. Cabrera connected for his fifth of the season off Josh Stinson, putting the Blue Jays in front, 9-3.
Esmil Rogers pitched a scoreless ninth for Toronto and reliever Steve Delabar (2-0) picked up the win to help the Blue Jays improve to 3-1 against the Orioles this season.
It was a pitchers' duel early.
Baltimore was unable to solve Toronto knuckleballer R.A. Dickey through five innings, but the club's fortunes changed in the sixth. After Steve Lombardozzi hit a leadoff double, Dickey issued a walk to put two on for Nelson Cruz, who hit a three-run homer, his fourth of the season, to put the Orioles ahead, 3-0.
The Orioles didn't hold the lead for long.
Like Dickey, Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez cruised through five innings and entered the sixth with a lead, but gave it right back in a hurry. With two on and one out, Encarnacion crushed his first homer of the season to tie it at 3.
Gonzalez lasted 5 2-3 innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on four hits, while walking two and striking out a season-high seven. T.J. McFarland, who was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk prior to the game, relieved Gonzalez and stranded a pair of runners to get the Orioles out of the inning.
Dickey came back out for the seventh and was quickly chased after allowing back-to-back hits to put runners on second and third, but Baltimore came up short.
With the bases loaded and one out, left-hander Brett Cecil struck out a pair of batters to escape the seventh unharmed. Dickey allowed three runs on six hits, walked three and struck out six.
The Orioles fell to 2-3 on their current seven-game road trip.
NOTES: Orioles 3B Manny Machado (left knee) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Friday at High A Frederick. Machado has yet to play a game this season. ... Baltimore C Matt Wieters (forearm) and SS J.J. Hardy (hamstring) were out of the lineup for Tuesday's series opener and are both considered day to day. ... Orioles OF Steve Pearce was designated for assignment to make room for McFarland on the club's 25-man roster. ... Toronto OF Jose Bautista walked in the first inning and has reached base safely in all 20 games this season, the longest active streak in baseball. ... Blue Jays RH Dustin McGowan will face Orioles RH Chris Tillman Wednesday night.