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Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis (21) scores a run in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole on a sacrifice ground ball hit by Jason Pridie in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Baltimore Orioles' Nick Markakis (21) scores a run in front of Toronto Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole on a sacrifice ground ball hit by Jason Pridie in the fifth inning of a baseball game on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(AP) Ryan Flaherty hit a pair of two-run homers, Jonathan Schoop had a solo shot in his big league debut and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-5 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game skid and clinch their second straight winning season.


Steve Pearce also homered for Baltimore and Chris Davis doubled in a run to increase his RBI total to 137 tied with Miguel Cabrera for the major league lead, pending Detroit's late game in Minnesota.


The Orioles were eliminated from playoff contention one night earlier, so manager Buck Showalter rested Adam Jones, Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters and moved Davis from first base to designated hitter.


With a lineup that included Jason Pridie, Schoop and Steve Clevenger, the Orioles ended a streak of 21 straight games of scoring five runs or fewer. Schoop, a 21-year-old prospect, contributed two hits including the homer in the sixth and scored three runs.


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