But Berkman sits next in Roberts' sights, and Toronto starter Scott Richmond could be the one to help him over the hump. Roberts came close to nabbing a second double on Tuesday night, but his own speed got in the way. Roberts wound up eluding a tag and over-sliding second base, giving the Blue Jays a second chance to get him out.
"I was safe to begin with. I just over-slid the bag," he said. "It's kind of like stealing second and you're safe, but you over-slide. It wasn't a bad decision, but you just didn't make a very good slide. I told [hitting coach Terry Crowley] that was probably the closest I've had all year, and I guess I had more speed built up than I thought."
The Orioles have dropped back-to-back games to Toronto, falling a season-worst 31 games under .500. They can salvage the series -- and the first leg of their three-city road trip -- by coming out on top in the series finale. Jeremy Guthrie will get the ball for Baltimore, and he'll hope to better his career 3.07 ERA against Toronto.
BAL: RHP Jeremy Guthrie (10-15, 5.05 ERA)
Guthrie ran up a high pitch count in his previous start, but he still survived. The right-hander worked into the sixth inning, establishing a new season-high pitch count (114). Guthrie, Baltimore's Opening Day starter in each of the past two seasons, has allowed more home runs (31) and more earned runs (106) than any other American League starter.
TOR: RHP Scott Richmond (6-10, 5.31 ERA)
Richmond is 0-5 with an 8.92 ERA in eight starts since returning from the disabled list, where he spent a month with a sore right shoulder. The Blue Jays have lost seven of those games. He lasted two innings against the Rays in his previous outing, allowing five runs on seven hits. Richmond has given up 22 runs in 17 1/3 innings over his past four starts.
The Orioles were 49-4 when leading after seven innings before Tuesday night's late collapse. ... Baltimore has 35 outfield assists, a total that leads the American League. ... The Orioles lost their sixth straight game on Tuesday night to tie their longest skid of the season. ... Baltimore is 4-7 in extra-inning games this season. ... Matt Wieters has batted safely in 14 of his past 18 games and is hitting .358 (24-for-67) in September. The backstop recently moved up to the No. 3 slot in the lineup and has gone 10-for-18 with two RBIs in four games. ... The Orioles are 48-14 when they outhit their opponents and 54-36 when they score at least four runs. By contrast, Baltimore is 8-69 when it gets outhit by the opposition and 6-55 when it scores fewer than four runs. ... The Orioles are 39-34 when they score first.
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