BALTIMORE -- A.J. Burnett registered his 11th victory a day after he pitched, and Toronto used a strong performance by its bullpen to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 Thursday in the completion of a suspended game.
The game was suspended by rain Wednesday night in the top of sixth with Toronto leading 2-1. Play resumed 13˝ hours later before the regularly scheduled finale of the four-game series.
The victory was worth the wait for the Blue Jays, who had lost seven consecutive road series since taking two of three from Oakland on May 27-29. By winning the suspended game, Toronto was assured no worse than a split.
Burnett (11-9) watched from the dugout as three Blue Jays relievers preserved his solid start. Burnett struck out seven in five innings, allowing one run on six hits.
Overbay singled in the tiebreaking run earlier in the inning, shortly before a thundershower ultimately rendered the field unplayable.
The loss was Guthrie's first in seven starts since June 12. The right-hander was 3-0 in that span.
Toronto pulled away with three unearned runs in the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, Kevin Millar fielded a grounder to first and threw wildly to home, allowing two runs to score. John McDonald followed with a sacrifice fly.
Burnett gave up a double to Brian Roberts in the fifth but struck out the side.
Before the game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley joked about bringing back Guthrie to pitch. "If I leave him in," Trembley said, "I might be looking for a job at American Legion Post 61 somewhere, managing their team in Allentown." ... Burnett improved to 7-1 lifetime against Baltimore. ... It was Toronto's first suspended game since May 1996, when a curfew halted a game against Boston. The Orioles still have a suspended game to complete from earlier this season, in Chicago.