In the absence of the thunder and lightning offence that earned them a comfortable lead in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays have resorted to a scratch and claw approach to maintain it.

With nary a home run in sight, the Jays scraped together a meagre three-run attack that pitchers J.A. Happ, Dustin McGowan and Casey Janssen turned into more than enough for a 5-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday.

The victory salvaged a 2-2 weekend split and moved Toronto's record to 41-30 on the season.

In their first 61 games, the Jays averaged 5.1 runs and 1.4 home runs per game with a .787 OPS -- a winning formula based on blunt-force trauma.

In their last 10, however, they’ve averaged just over two runs and 0.6 homers per game and an OPS almost 200 points lower than before.