Play it again -- Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4, 10 innings

May 25, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Still no relief

Danys Baez, who was passed over for eighth-inning set-up duty again because of his struggles this month, entered in the 10th with the score tied, 4-4. He struck out John McDonald, but Alex Rios followed with a long home run to left field. And the crowd didn't appreciate it. The reception grew harsher when Lyle Overbay followed with a double off the fence in right-center, bringing pitching coach Leo Mazzone to the mound. Four other relievers were used before Baez, who struck out the side in the inning. Baez has allowed runs in five of his past six outings.

No more power outage

It took 101 at-bats, but Miguel Tejada finally hit his third home run of the season, and it gave the Orioles a 4-2 lead in the sixth inning. Tejada launched a towering fly ball off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum and watched its flight as he drifted toward first base, rooting for it to keep carrying. It did until finally landing only a few rows deep in the left field seats. The home run was only the ninth extra-base hit for Tejada, who also singled in the fourth inning.

Waving him in

The Orioles tried to manufacture the go-ahead run in the eighth, but the plan backfired. Melvin Mora singled with two outs and Nick Markakis followed with a shallow fly ball to left. Matt Stairs, who moved over from right before the inning, attempted to make a sliding catch, and the ball rolled a few feet away from him. Third base coach Juan Samuel sent Mora home on the play as Stairs scrambled to his feet, always a slow process for a man his size, and it wasn't even close. Catcher Jason Phillips waited for Mora to arrive - and waited some more - before applying the tag.

On deck

The Orioles begin a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics tonight with Erik Bedard opposing Dan Haren, who leads the American League with a 1.74 ERA. The A's swept the Orioles last month in a two-game series at Camden Yards. And that was before Jack Cust arrived. The former Oriole has eight home runs since joining the team May 4 and appearing in his first game two days later.

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