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Bautista gets even with homer after O's throw pitch behind him for second time

04/22/2015 12:00 EDT | Updated 07/15/2015 08:59 EDT
TORONTO - The Baltimore Orioles seem to be making a habit of throwing behind Jose Bautista.

Bautista is making a habit of making them pay for it.

The Blue Jays right-fielder hit a two-run homer in Toronto's 13-6 romp over the Orioles Tuesday, right after Baltimore rookie Jason Garcia threw a pitch that flew past his back side.

Earlier in the season, Baltimore's Darren O'Day did the same thing — and Bautista responded the same way.

"I don't know. You're going to have to ask them that question not me," Bautista said when asked why the tensions have flared between the two AL East clubs this year. "All I know is I keep going up to the plate and they keep throwing behind me.

"At least I've gotten the last laugh the last two times."

Bautista, to the displeasure of the Orioles' dugout, took his time rounding the bases after his home run. Adam Jones let him know that wasn't appreciated.

"Alright, you hit the home run, but he’s got 200-and-something in his career," Jones said. "It's not his first, it's not a walkoff, it's in the seventh inning. Let's not walk halfway down the line.

"Respect the game. I know he does, but at that moment right there he didn't, and when it happens against my team I'm going to take offence to it."

As Bautista ran out to his position in right field between innings, Jones yelled at him from the dugout. Bautista stopped to yell back, gesturing that Garcia had thrown behind his back.

"I heard (Jones) saying that was bush league ... because apparently I took my time when I hit the ball, but what I thought was bush league was him throwing behind me," said Bautista, who also added that Jones "single-handedly" started the exchange.

"I'm an emotional player and I play with a lot of passion. You throw at me, I'm not going to forget and if I get you right after, I'm going to enjoy it. And I did. I have no regrets about it."

Added Blue Jays manager John Gibbons: "Two pitches behind him, two home runs. You wake up a sleeping dog that's what's going to happen sometimes."

Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs — including a monster shot that landed in the fifth deck — and Ryan Goins chipped in with three RBIs to lead the Blue Jays (7-7), who scored six runs off Baltimore starter Bud Norris in the second inning alone.

Mississauga, Ont., native Dalton Pompey reached base four times, Josh Donaldson was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes each drove in two.

Mark Buehrle (3-0) earned his 202nd career victory, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk while fanning two through six innings.

But the post-game talk centred mainly around Garcia's errant pitch.

"There's something brewing," Buehrle said of the situation between the two teams. "When you're in the big leagues and you can't make a strike, if you're throwing behind somebody, I don't know if it was intentional or not but you're in the big leagues — you should be able to control the ball a little better than that."

Gibbons echoed his starting pitcher's sentiments.

"I mean it's just kind of odd," Gibbons said. "I know guys get a little wild in the big leagues but you don't see balls thrown behind guys. That's very rare and we're tired of that. We're tired of guys getting hit. It's not good."

Norris (0-2) lasted just 2 2-3 innings, giving up nine runs on six hits and walking three. Manny Machado had two RBI's for the Orioles (7-7).

While Tuesday's game was only the first of a three-game series, Bautista says he isn't expecting the frustration to spill over into Wednesday's matchup.

"I'm going to come out here and try to win a ball game. That's my only expectation," Bautista said. "That's why I come out here everyday."

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