Are the Jays on the road to ruin?

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (2nd L) waits for the throw from right field as Toronto Blue...

Baltimore Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (2nd L) waits for the throw from right field as Toronto Blue Jays baserunner Colby Rasmus slides in safely with a leadoff double in the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland April 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Doug Kapustin)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

For the Blue Jays, there is a fine line between ruin and redemption yet they seem to have this uncanny knack for staying tantalizingly on the wrong side of it.

After spotting the Baltimore Orioles an early four-run advantage Tuesday, the Jays fought their way back into it, then once again fell agonizingly short in a 4-3 loss, dipping to five games under .500 with their 13th defeat of the season.

For R.A. Dickey, prone once again to the big inning, it was death by butter-knife as the Orioles tapped and ticked and walked their way to a big early inning that his teammates could not overcome.

They got close in a three-run sixth, leaving the tying run at third base. They got another man to third in the eighth but could not get him across. In the ninth inning big Jim Johnson shut the door and the Jays were sent away to consider their sins once again.


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