Games like the Orioles’ 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday night’s series finale at Rogers Centre are ones that the club will have to win as the season winds down and the playoff chase heats up.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter put it well when he said that his team was able to take advantage of the one mistake Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ made -- a 2-0 fastball that catcher Caleb Joseph hit over the left-field fence for a two-run homer.

“He had kind of blown me away the first at-bat,” Joseph said. “He’s got a good fastball. It’s sneaky. It’s 92-93 [mph], but it feels like about 95. Late life. You saw a lot of guys have some trouble today. He’s a good pitcher. I was just fortunate to get some barrel on it.”

Otherwise, Happ was masterful. In the final two games of the series, Toronto starters allowed just three runs in 16 2/3 innings. But the Orioles still escaped Canada with a series win, their fourth straight on the road and sixth consecutive overall.

The Orioles are now 24-17 in one-run games this season and have won seven of their last nine one-run games. We only need to look back to 2012 to see how important being on the winning end of those close games matters.