Toronto hopes to extend its lead in the American League East on Saturday after both Baltimore and New York made mid-week pushes, while the Blue Jays endured a three-game losing streak in which they didn't lead their opponents at any point.
After Friday's 4-0 victory, though, the Blue Jays' starters have held their opponents to three earned runs or fewer in 11 of their last 12 games. That's helped them stay afloat, as their usually high-scoring offense has averaged just two runs in their last eight games.
"You've just got to ride it out. It's just the way the game is," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "We were all hot and then we basically all cooled off."
Bud Norris will try and keep Toronto's offense tame for the Orioles, who trail the Blue Jays by 4 1/2 games after Friday's loss. Four out of Baltimore's last five games have been shutouts, with the Orioles splitting those matchups.
Norris was a big part of one of those in his last start, holding the Red Sox to three hits in eight scoreless innings while recording six strikeouts. In his three prior starts, however, he had allowed 13 runs in 17 innings.
R.A. Dickey will toe the rubber for the Blue Jays, who haven't lost one of his starts in nearly a month. However, the knuckleballer hasn't made it past the sixth inning in any of his last three outings, giving up 22 hits, nine runs and five homers in 15 1/3 innings.
Blue Jays: Santos continues rehab work
Sergio Santos, who's been on the disabled list since May 12 with a forearm injury, made his second rehab appearance with Double-A New Hampshire on Thursday night.
In one inning, Santos threw just eight pitches, struck out a batter and allowed a home run against the Bowie Baysox.
"He felt good," Gibbons said. "We're going to keep him down there, at least go another outing."
Santos had a 9.00 ERA and five saves in 14 appearances before going on the DL. Gibbons says that Santos needs more live-game experience before coming back to the Majors, though his results in the Minors likely won't play a factor in his return date.
"We just want to build him up and sharpen him up," Gibbons said.
Orioles: Machado won't serve suspension this weekend
Manny Machado is waiting to hear from MLB when he'll serve his suspension for his role in a benches-clearing incident against Oakland on Sunday, but it appears it won't be this weekend. He's hoping to get the suspension reduced from five games.
"When you look at the precedents of other situations like this, we feel like, and Manny feels like, it's a little strong," manager Buck Showalter said of the five-game punishment. "I got some clarity on what I think we are going to be dealing with. Just a matter of how many games. I know that serving the suspension is not imminent."
On Friday, Machado broke out of a 1-for-20 slump with his first multi-hit game in a week. He's now hitting .234/.292/.344 on the season with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 39 games.
Whenever he does serve his suspension, regardless of length, the Orioles will need to add an infielder, which will change their roster construction since they will have to play a man down.
• Toronto's Jose Reyes had his season-high 12-game hitting streak snapped on Friday, but he has still reached base safely in 37 of 39 games since May 8.
• The Orioles' pitching staff had gone 43 innings without allowing a home run before Toronto third baseman Juan Francisco hit a two-run homer in the second inning on Friday.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.