BALTIMORE (AP) - One pitch cost Ricky Romero.
With the Toronto Blue Jays up 3-1 in the sixth and the bases-loaded, Romero threw a cut fastball to Mark Reynolds. Big mistake.
For the first time in 2,166 career at_bats, Reynolds hit a grand slam, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Blue Jays 5-3.
It was Reynolds' eighth homer of the season. He was previously 6 for 52 with the bases loaded and 26 strikeouts.
``You can have your best stuff out there and it can still work against you. One pitch can cost you the game,' Romero said. ``I feel like I let the team down.'
Romero (5-5) lost for the first time in his last five starts. He held the Orioles, who had lost six of seven, to a run and six hits through five innings.
``They've been playing good all game and it's my job to get out of that situation. I've been in those situations before,' Romero said.
Romero struck out Reynolds twice, but it's the grand slam that Toronto will remember.
``That's a big swing,' Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. ``The one swing of the bat was the difference tonight.'
Romero pitched 7 2-3 innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Arrieta (7-3), allowed three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out one. While his line didn't look impressive, he got better as he went along - retiring his last seven batters.
Jim Johnson pitched a perfect seventh. Koji Uehara allowed a hit and then struck out the side in the eighth. Kevin Gregg allowed two hits in the ninth, but retired the final two batters for his 10th save in 13 chances.
Vladimir Guerrero singled to lead off the sixth. Derrek Lee and Matt Wieters singled to load the bases. J.J. Hardy bounced to third, and Guerrero was forced at the plate. Reynolds, who was batting .115 with the bases loaded in his career, hit the slam.
Arrieta fell behind quickly. The game's second batter - Corey Patterson hit an 0-2 pitch over the right field scoreboard for a 1-0 lead. It was Patterson's fifth of the year. He had three hits.
In the second, Rajai Davis' sacrifice fly scored Juan Rivera for the second Toronto run.
Baltimore scored in the second when Hardy's infield out scored Lee.
Arrieta escaped from a bases-loaded, none out jam when Rivera grounded into a rare 5-2-3 double play and J.P. Arrencibia flied to right.
``We missed a golden opportunity early on with the bases loaded and nobody out - to their credit,' Farrell said.
In the fourth, Davis, who had three hits on Friday night, reached on a fielder's choice. He stole second and third, and scored on Mike McCoy's RBI single.
NOTES: Baltimore reactivated Lee from the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Pedro Viola to Double A-Bowie. Lee, whose rehab assignment to Bowie, lasted just one game, was 2 for 4 with two runs scored. ``I didn't feel any pain, woke up today fine and they brought me back,' Lee said. Manager Buck Showalter joked about the 6-foot-5 Lee, ``He's probably the biggest leadoff hitter in the Eastern League,' Showalter said. .... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts, who's been on the DL with a concussion since May 17, will fly to Pittsburgh on Tuesday for a reexamination, Showalter said. ... Toronto 2B Adam Lind was 0 for 3 with a walk in his first game after missing nearly four weeks with back stiffness. Lind said he was frightened when he was in the doctor's office. ``No mom, no dad in the room, no wife. You're just sitting there all alone.' ... Baltimore OF Nick Markakis has a hit in 159 straight series - the most since Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki hit in 160 consecutive series. ... The Orioles and Blue Jays have split the first two games of the three-game series. The previous eight series between the teams were sweeps.
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