Play It Again

July 09, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

A recap of the Orioles' 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays last night:

Game-winner

The Blue Jays made an improbable comeback capped by a ninth-inning rally that was highlighted by two errors. Ramon Hernandez's throw sailed into the outfield and allowed Alex Rios to move to third on a steal attempt. And then Rios scored when shortstop Freddie Bynum let a grounder go through his legs for the loss.

Unlucky seventh

The Blue Jays sent 10 men to the plate in their four-run seventh inning, which tied the game at 6. The big blow came on a three-run triple by Rios against reliever Dennis Sarfate. The Orioles used four pitchers in the inning, including Alberto Castillo, who made his major league debut. He allowed a single and hit a batter. The inning could have been worse, but Chad Bradford induced a two-out groundout with the bases loaded.

Huff keeps bashing

Aubrey Huff's season of renewal continues. The Orioles designated hitter, who was named American League Player of the Week on Monday, continued his hot hitting with a solo homer in his first at-bat. It was his fourth homer in six games and team-leading 18th overall. He also added a sacrifice fly for his 56th RBI.

On deck

Left-hander Garrett Olson (6-3, 5.04) takes the mound tonight at 7 against Toronto right-hander A.J. Burnett (8-8, 4.92). Olson is hoping to avenge his lone start against Toronto and his only performance at Rogers Centre, a loss last year in which he allowed six hits and five earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings (16.88). Burnett, a Baltimore County resident in the offseason, is 5-1 with a 4.53 ERA against the Orioles, but his lone loss came this year, when he gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.

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