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Jose Bautista came up with the perfect response to Darren O’Day’s taunting: a tiebreaking home run.
Bautista hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th consecutive game Saturday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
Maicer Izturis hit a solo homer in the fifth for Toronto, on its longest winning streak since a 10-game run late in 2008. The Blue Jays, 14-4 this month, are one victory from matching the franchise record. Toronto had 11-game winning streaks in 1987 and 1998.
“It’s been a great run and hopefully we can continue,” Bautista said.
The Blue Jays (37-36) are above .500 for the first time since last July 29, when they were 51-50.
Bautista traded angry words with O’Day after striking out to end the seventh inning Friday, stranding a runner at second base.
On Saturday, the Blue Jays slugger renewed the argument, yelling at O’Day while rounding the bases after his pivotal home run.
“I told him just to keep talking like he was yesterday because he kind of ran his mouth a little bit after he struck me out,” Bautista said. “I don’t know where that came from but I didn’t appreciate it. I let him know that yesterday and that’s a little reminder today.”
O’Day declined to talk about his spat with Bautista, while Orioles manager Buck Showalter chalked it up to a clash of competitive personalities.
“Darren is a competitor, he likes to compete in those situations,” Showalter said. “Sometimes he wins, sometimes Bautista wins. You’ve got two great, talented athletes competing out there and they both take it personally.”
Can Toronto keep it up?