BALTIMORE (AP) - In this first start with the Baltimore Orioles, Tommy Hunter was staked a two-run lead in the first inning.
Not much went right after that.
Hunter gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays took full advantage of the right-hander's lack of command in a 5-4 victory Friday night.
Obtained in a trade Saturday with Texas, Hunter was eager to get back on the mound as a starter after pitching only in relief for the Rangers this season. Unfortunately, it wasn't worth the wait.
Hunter (1-2) yielded at least one hit in every inning and was lifted after using 78 pitches to get 12 outs. He didn't walk a batter, but that doesn't mean he threw the ball where he wanted it.
``When you don't throw strikes, your pitch count gets up, you get behind in counts, you get fastball counts and guys hit it,' Hunter said. ``You've got to put the blame where it should be, and that's on the guy that didn't throw strikes tonight.'
The eight hits were the most he's allowed since giving up eight at Seattle on Aug. 5, 2010.
``I didn't get ahead, I didn't finish when I got ahead and when I got behind, I gave up hits,' Hunter said. ``There's really no excuses for it. When they go out and give you two early runs like that, you've got to go out and get a couple goose eggs up there, and I didn't do that tonight.'
Despite getting a two-run homer from Adam Jones, the Orioles lost for the eighth time in 11 games. Baltimore is 3-7 against Toronto this season and 6-22 versus the Jays since the start of the 2010 season.
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who came over for Texas with Hunter, was a late scratch with a sore right shoulder.
``I slept funny with my arm above my head, kind of just laying at a weird angle,' Davis said. ``I've done it before and it's been a little stiff for the next couple of days, but nothing to where I couldn't throw or swing or anything like that.'
He was to be examined on Saturday afternoon and hoped to return for that night's game.
Brett Lawrie had two hits and an RBI in his major league debut and Aaron Hill drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who snapped a two-game skid.
Brad Mills (1-1) allowed three runs and four hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his second big league win. The first was on June 28, 2010, against Baltimore.
Jon Rauch gave up a two-out RBI double to Nick Markakis in the ninth but retired Jones on a popup for his 11th save in 16 tries.
The Orioles went up 2-0 in the first when Markakis beat out a grounder and Jones drove a 2-2 pitch into the seats in left. It was his 19th home run, tying a career-high.
Toronto pulled even in the second. Singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Hill preceded Lawrie's RBI single, a liner up the middle. Yunel Escobar doubled in a run before Hunter retired Eric Thames on a hard-hit comebacker.
The hits kept coming in the Blue Jays third. Jose Bautista singled and Encarnacion was hit by a pitch before Colby Rasmus delivered an RBI single and Hill followed with a run-scoring grounder.
Mills was cruising until the sixth, when he issued two straight one-out walks. The runners moved up on a passed ball, and a run scored when Lawrie couldn't handle Matt Wieters' hot smash to third. The single chased Mills, and Luis Perez retired Nolan Reimold and Josh Bell to keep it at 4-3.
Toronto manager John Farrell was ejected in the seventh for arguing too strongly that Baltimore's Robert Andino was running in the baseline on a grounder that resulted in a throwing error by Perez. Replays seemed to support Farrell's assertion.
Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth before the Orioles cut down two straight runners at the plate.
NOTES: The Orioles are expected to place RHP Jake Arrieta (elbow) on the 15-day DL on Saturday so they can recall RHP Chris Tillman from Triple-A Norfolk to start against Toronto. Tillman (2-4) was in the Baltimore clubhouse on Friday. ... Toronto will start RHP Brandon Morrow, who has allowed no more than three earned runs in 13 of his 19 starts, on Saturday. ... The Orioles will give away Brian Matusz bobbleheads on Saturday. Matusz was optioned to Norfolk on June 30 and remains there, trying to regain the velocity on his fastball after missing the first two months of the season with a ribcage injury.
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