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Monday, April 22nd (All times Eastern)

Toronto Blue Jays (8-11) at Baltimore Orioles (10-8), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - J.A. Happ (2-1, 5.06) Baltimore - Chris Tillman (0-1, 7.07)

(Sports Network) - A pair of AL East inhabitants will square off Monday night with the Baltimore Orioles set to open a three-game series versus the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

Baltimore had won three in a row, including a doubleheader sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday, but failed to post the trifecta in Sunday's 7-4 loss. Orioles starter Jake Arrieta was roughed up in four innings of work, allowing five runs and two hits to suffer the loss (1-1).

Arrieta walked five and struck out six.

"It's bad, it's just bad," said Arrieta. "I had a few walks in the first couple innings, ya know, there's no reason I'm not pitching in the eighth today. That's frustrating."

Adam Jones homered, J.J. Hardy drove in two runs and Chris David registered three hits for Baltimore, which dropped to 5-4 at home.

Trying to get Baltimore back in the win column Monday will be Chris Tillman, who is 0-1 with a 7.07 earned run average in three starts. Tillman posted back-to-back no-decisions in his first two starts, then lost to Tampa Bay in a 6-2 decision last Wednesday.

Tillman allowed four runs in five innings, struck out six and allowed six hits. The right-hander is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA in five career starts against the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays will begin a seven-game road trip Monday against the Orioles and New York Yankees, and lost two of three at home to the Yanks this past weekend.

Toronto, though, avoided the sweep with Sunday's 8-4 victory. J.P. Arencibia homered and finished with two RBI, Brett Lawrie added two hits and two RBI and Melky Cabrera collected three hits and drove in a run.

"Very exciting, that's a great win for our team to go on the road and hopefully carry that on," Lawrie said. "It was a tough couple of games the past couple of days, but obviously today was a new day and we capitalized on that. It was great."

Josh Johnson got the start for the Jays and did not factor in the outcome. He gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings before Brett Cecil posted the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Blue Jays won for the third time in seven tries.

J.A. Happ gets the nod Monday for the Blue Jays and he's 2-1 with a 5.06 earned run average in three starts. Happ had won his first two outings, then was hit hard in last Wednesday's 7-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Happ, a lefty, allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He has faced Baltimore twice in his career -- both starts -- and is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA.

Toronto lost 11 of the 18 meetings with Baltimore last season.

04/22 10:37:29 ET

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