BALTIMORE -- Aaron Sanchez is playing a vital role in Torontos march to the postseason.Nonetheless, the organization has made the extra effort to keep their young pitcher fresh. Sanchez took full advantage of that strategy with another dominant performance Wednesday night.Jose Bautista homered on the games first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later in support of Sanchez, leading the Blue Jays to a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.Toronto took two of the three games in the pivotal American League East series. The fading Orioles are four games behind the first-place Blue Jays and are tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot.Its never easy when you play these guys, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. This time of year, I mean this is a team were locked in it with. Its always big to beat them.Sanchez (13-2) was recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He spent 10 days in the minors to limit his innings and he took advantage of the extra rest. Sanchez allowed an unearned run and five hits with two strikeouts over six innings and a season-high 112 pitches.I felt like my body had been bouncing back pretty well all year, Sanchez said. I think it was just one of those things where it had to be done. I went down to Florida and I took it very serious. My season is not done and I knew that so it was go down there, get work in, understand what Im trying to accomplish and come back in a big game.Michael Saunders hit his 23rd homer, a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-1.Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop had three hits, including a two-run homer in the ninth off Roberto Osuna, his 21st.The game was delayed for about 15 minutes when home plate umpire Jerry Layne was hit in the mask on a pitch by Sanchez. Layne had to leave and was replaced by second base umpire Alan Porter.After Bautista drilled Yovani Gallardos first pitch over the wall in center field, Martin followed with a two-run shot. The Orioles pulled within 3-1 in the fifth when third baseman Josh Donaldson couldnt handle a sharp grounder by Manny Machado.I feel like Im still seeing the ball well, said Martin, who had nine homers and 22 RBI in August. Sometimes you get a mistake and you hit it and sometimes the pitcher makes pitches and you get out. For the most part, I just feel like Im having good at-bats.After allowing the two homers, Gallardo (4-7) settled down and retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed three runs and five hits with three strikeouts over six innings.He pitched well I thought for the most part, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. He gave us a chance to win. Really, he got better as the game went on.A double by Devon Travis off Mychal Givens in the seventh increased the lead to 4-1.EARLY SPARKBautistas leadoff homer was his fourth this season and eighth of his career.MOVESBlue Jays: RHP Bo Schultz was optioned to Buffalo to make room for Sanchez.Orioles: OF Drew Stubbs was claimed off release waivers from Texas. To make room, Baltimore cut Kyle Lobstein just two hours after getting the left-handed pitcher in a trade with Pittsburgh. ... The Orioles acquired another outfielder, Michael Bourn, from the Diamondbacks for minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: INF Darwin Barney was placed on the Family Medical Emergency List. Gibbons did not disclose further details. 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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Big dents to their bank accounts for helmet-to-helmet hits on Cam Newton arent deterring Denver Broncos defenders Brandon Marshall and Darian Stewart.Ill do it again, Marshall declared shortly after saying hell fight his $24,309 fine for launching himself at Newton in Denvers 21-20 win over the Carolina Panthers in the NFL opener last week.Im not going to change the way I play the game, asserted Stewart, who was fined $18,231 for his high hit against the leagues reigning MVP.Marshall wasnt flagged for his hit, which the NFL deemed an impermissible use of the helmet (including illegal launching), according to its 2016 schedule of fines.Stewart was fined for roughing the QB in the final minute, a penalty that was nullified on the field when Newton was whistled for intentional grounding. Although Stewarts hit left Newton motionless on the ground, he wasnt checked for a concussion until after the game.Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and cornerback Bradley Roby didnt find FedEx envelopes in their lockers like Marshall and Stewart did Wednesday as they avoided any fines for their own helmet-to-helmet hits on Newton.For what? We didnt do anything, Miller told The Associated Press. I could see if we did something wrong.The four hits on Newton, three of which werent flagged, sparked a debate about league safety, the viability of option quarterbacks in the NFL and the notion that Denver plays dirty.Newton dismissed news of the fines.My job is to win football games, not lobby for my health, Newton said Wednesday, adding he feels great and he didnt want to dwell on the previous game and the hits.The Broncos said their job was to keep playing stout defense.Ill just say this: we play hard and were going to continue to play hard, coach Gary Kubiak said. Its really difficult defensively when you have a quarterback who goes from a passer to a runner and youre committed (as a defender) and thats what both of these guys were.We understand that you have to stay away from the head, but were going to continue to play hard. That ones in the past. Were moving on.Not entirely.AAlthough they avoided suspensions, Marshall and Stewart said theyd appeal their fines.ddddddddddddI felt like he was running with the ball and I was trying to make a play, Stewart said. He was doing that the whole game. I was just being aggressive, but not really aiming for the head.Panthers left tackle Michael Oher was glad to hear about the fines, but would have preferred flags.Well, I wish some calls could have gotten made in the game, he said. There were some calls that could have been made. But maybe in the future he will be treated more like a quarterback.Marshall insists Newton has to be treated like a 250-pound running back when he leaves the pocket. He also found himself wishing hed been flagged for his hit on Newton because that might have resulted in a fine such as Stewarts.Because there was no whistle, the league determined the violation and fined him $6,078 more than Stewart.Thats a huge fine, Marshall said. And I know what it looked like. It looked bad. But thats a lot of money. So, yes, Im upset about it. I wasnt expecting that amount. Honestly, the truth be told, I was expecting Stew to get more than me.On another front, Marshall said he was finalizing an endorsement deal from music mogul Russell Simmonss Rushcard after losing two endorsements over his kneeling during the national anthem before the opener in support of Colin Kaepernicks protest of social injustices and police treatment of minorities.Marshall, who has pledged to donate to military charities and expand his work in the community, also met with Denver police chief Robert White on Tuesday.Marshall said he will accept Whites invitation to participate in a shoot-or-dont-shoot training simulator and to go on a ride-along with police officers.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL---AP Sports Writer Steve Reed contributed. Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ' ' '