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Blue Jays turn back Orioles, keep AL lead

TORONTO – Aaron Hill hit an RBI single in the 11th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, maintaining the Canadians’ lead in the American League.

Rod Barajas led off the 11th with a base hit. After one out, Barajas took second on Marco Scutaro’s sacrifice and scored on Hill’s single to right-center.

It was a wild final two innings for Hill, who homered in the 10th after his error in the top half helped the Orioles take a 4-3 lead.

Baltimore has lost five straight to sink to the bottom of the AL East Division standings.

In St. Petersburg, Florida, veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield improved to 20-5 in his career against Tampa Bay as the Red Sox won, 10-6, over the Rays.

Wakefield is 10-3 at Tropicana Field, where the Red Sox won for just the second time in their past 13 games.

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Wakefield struck out five in as many innings. The 20 wins against the Rays are his most against any team.

In Minneapolis, Joakim Soria returned to his All-Star closing form for Kansas City, getting the last five outs to hold off Minnesota, 10-7, in 11 innings. (AP)

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