The Toronto Blue Jays edged closer to clinching the AL East title Monday night, getting a homer from Edwin Encarnacion and scoring a ninth-inning run to secure a 4-3 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Toronto's fifth straight victory reduced the magic number for securing the division crown to three, pending the Yankees' game against Boston.
After scoring twice in the eighth to pull even, the Blue Jays got the decisive run against Brad Brach (5-3). Dioner Navarro led off with a single, and was replaced by pinch-runner Dalton Pompey, who advanced on a single. After a sacrifice moved the runners up, Pompey scored when Justin Smoak hit a dribbler to first and Chris Davis threw wildly to the plate.
Brett Cecil (5-5) pitched one inning and Roberto Osuna got two outs for this 20th save.
Ryan Flaherty hit a three-run homer for the Orioles, who have lost four straight.