TORONTO -- The Orioles dropped their fifth consecutive game Monday night at Rogers Centre, a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays as their path to the postseason continues to grow more difficult.
With the loss, Baltimore is 3 1/2 games behind the Twins, who hold the second American League Wild Card spot.
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Marco Estrada had the Orioles off-balance over five innings as he allowed two runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out seven (six of them looking) without issuing a walk. Toronto's bullpen handled the rest, capped off by Dominic Leone, who recorded his first Major League save with a scoreless ninth.
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez returned to the rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen and kept his team in it over five innings and 102 pitches. Jimenez allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five while walking two.
Keegan Matheson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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