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TORONTO (AP) - Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 50th home run, a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles erased a 3-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Friday night, snapping a three-game losing streak.

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Davis became the 27th major leaguer to join the 50-homer club, and the first since Jose Bautista in 2010. Davis led off the eighth with a blast to center off All-Star reliever Steve Delabar, connecting on a 2-2 pitch.

The drive matched Brady Anderson's 1996 Orioles record and made Davis just the third player in major league history with 50 homers and 40 doubles in the same season. The others were Babe Ruth (1921) and Albert Belle (1995).

Adam Jones followed Davis' milestone blast with an infield hit and, two outs later, moved up on Ryan Flaherty's walk before scoring on Danny Valencia's RBI single.

Tommy Hunter (5-4) worked 1 2-3 innings for the win and Jim Johnson finished for his 44th save in 53 chances, rebounding after his wild pitch helped the New York Yankees beat Baltimore 6-5 on Thursday.

The Orioles, who had lost four of their previous five, came in 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the second AL wild-card berth.

Delabar (5-4) allowed two runs and three hits in one inning, losing his second straight appearance. The right-hander also lost to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday.

Adam Lind hit a two-run home run and Colby Rasmus returned from the disabled list with a solo shot, but the Blue Jays suffered their fourth straight defeat.

Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion returned to the lineup at designated hitter after missing the past four games with a sore left wrist, and helped the Blue Jays open the scoring in the fourth. Encarnacion drew a two-out walk before Lind drilled Jason Hammel's next pitch into the seats for his 20th home run.

Activated off the 15-day disabled list before the game after missing more than a month with a strained muscle in his left side, Rasmus made it 3-0 with a solo blast off Hammel to begin the fifth, his 19th.

Toronto starter Todd Redmond left one out after Jones doubled to open the seventh. Dustin McGowan came on and gave up an RBI double to J.J. Hardy, then walked Flaherty.

Valencia popped out but Steve Clevenger tied it with a double that bounced over the head of right fielder Moises Sierra. Nate McLouth walked before Sergio Santos came on and struck out Manny Machado to end the inning.

Redmond allowed one run and three hits in a career-high 6 1-3 innings. He walked none and struck out seven.

Singles by Brett Lawrie and Rasmus gave the Blue Jays runners at the corners with one out in the seventh, bringing Hunter on in relief of T.J. McFarland. Hunter escaped by fanning Sierra and J.P. Arencibia.

Hammel started for the Orioles in place of Bud Norris, who was scratched Wednesday with a sore right elbow. He allowed three runs and three hits in five innings, walked one and struck out two.

NOTES: Anderson hit his final three homers of the 1996 season in Toronto, connecting off Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen for his 50th on Sept. 29. ... Redmond pitched in five games with Baltimore during spring training but was claimed on waivers by Toronto in late March. ... Orioles RHP Darren O'Day had two injections in his right hand Friday to relieve numbness and tingling in his fingers, an ailment that has kept him off the mound since Sept. 7. ... Baltimore C Matt Wieters got the day off after catching six of the past seven games. Wieters is expected to catch back-to-back day games Saturday and Sunday. ... The Orioles selected INF Dan Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk and placed OF Henry Urrutia on the restricted list. The Cuban rookie is prohibited from entering Canada due to visa issues.

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