Blue Jays complete sweep over Baltimore

Travis Snider went 2-for-4 with a home run and RBI single as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre.

With the win Toronto (69-83) completed the three-game sweep over Baltimore (60-92), their first since June 18, when they took three against the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Scott Richmond (7-10) threw five innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits in his first win since June 24 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Jeremy Guthrie (10-16) surrendered six runs on eight hits through seven innings in the loss.

Orioles rookie Matt Wieters finished two-for-five with a home run.

With the game tied at two in the bottom of the fourth, the Jays took advantage of two errors as Snider reached first on a fielding error from Cezar Izturis, then made his way to second on a balk.

John McDonald drove Snider home with a single to give the Jays a 3-2 lead.

Jose Bautista made it 4-2 with an RBI triple before Aaron Hill plated him with a sacrifice fly. Bautista finished 2-for-5 with a double and RBI triple.

Oriole goes deep

Wieters belted a solo shot to the second deck to kick off the top of the fifth, trimming the Jays lead to 5-3.

Snider hit the ball out of the park in the bottom of the sixth to put the Jays ahead 6-3. He drove in Toronto’s seventh run with a single in the eighth.

Baltimore first baseman Michael Aubrey got the game started in the top of the second with a two-run blast to centre field, giving the visitor’s a 2-0 advantage.

Edwin Encarnacion led off the bottom of the inning with a double and advanced to third after a fielding error by Felix Pie.

Lyle Overbay drove him home in the next at bat with a double to cut the lead to 2-1.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, Encarnacion drove home the tying run with a sacrifice fly deep to centre.

Barajas struggling

Catcher Rod Barajas went 0-for-3 and extended his hitless streak to five games. He has gone 0-for-17 in that span and has not reached successfully in his last 19 at-bats

NOTES: An MRI revealed Jays’ shortstop Marco Scutaro has plantar fasciitis in his right foot. The infielder will not say his season is over, but with 10 games left to play, the Jays don’t expect to see him back in the lineup anytime soon.