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Kiner-Falefa has the winning hit in the 9th inning and Blue Jays defeated Orioles 3-2

TORONTO — Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Justin Turner singled off Craig Kimbrel (0-2) to lead off the ninth, his third hit of the game.

Cavan Biggio ran to Turner and advanced to second base on Kimbrel’s errant pickoff throw. He advanced to third base on a flyball and scored on Kiner-Falefa’s single to right field.

“It was a really cool moment for me, and my first really cool moment as a Blue Jay,” Kiner-Falefa said.

Kiner-Falefa had two hits and two RBIs as Toronto won this homestand in its final at bat for the second time this season and the second time this homestand.

“It feels good to come out with a W,” Kiner-Falefa said. “Hopefully there’s a little bit of a momentum shift and we can keep things going.”

The Blue Jays defeated Pittsburgh 5-3 in 14 innings last Friday, closing the game with a home run by Davis Schneider.

Kimbrel had not allowed a point since May 8 against Washington, but was frustrated by his costly mistake.

“I pulled it, threw the ball away and made it a lot easier for them,” Kimbrel said.

The Orioles are 6-9 in one-run games.

Toronto rebounded after losing the first two games of the series by a combined score of 17-3.

“It feels good to go further than the last two,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said.

Yimi García (2-0) struck out a pair in one inning of work to earn the victory as the Blue Jays recorded their 11th comeback victory.

“Yimi García might be the best reliever in the game right now based on the way he throws the baseball,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

Anthony Santander hit his 12th home run of the season for the Orioles, opening the scoring with a 400-foot leadoff home run in the second. The second-deck drive came from Blue Jays right-hander José Berríos.

Later in the inning, Ramón Urías drove in Cedric Mullins with a two-out double.

“Berrios is a very difficult starter,” Hyde said. “It was nice to get a few runs off him early. After that we couldn’t get anything going.”

Toronto tied the game in the bottom half. George Springer walked in the leadoff, advanced to third base on Turner’s double and scored on Alejandro Kirk’s sacrifice fly. Kiner-Falefa followed with an RBI single.

“I think getting those two runs back gave us a little bit of life,” Kiner-Falefa said. “It just kept us in the fight. If we don’t score that, we will be quite deflated after the first two games.”

Orioles right-hander Albert Suárez allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in his sixth start of the season. He walked one and struck out four.

Berríos allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. He tied a season high with three walks and struck out two.

Blue Jays LHP Yusei Kikuchi (2-5, 3.66 ERA) will try to snap a seven-start winless streak in Thursday’s series finale. Hyde said the Orioles will promote LHP Cade Povich from Triple-A to make his major league debut. Povich was 5-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts in Norfolk.

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb