TORONTO -- The Baltimore Orioles bounced back from consecutive shutouts in a big way.
"We were bound to break out," said Jay Gibbons, who homered and drove in five runs in Baltimore's 13-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.
Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. Gibbons ended a 22-inning scoreless streak with a broken-bat RBI single in the second and made it 13-5 with a three-run shot off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.
"I'll take the cheap ones," Gibbons said.
Boston blanked Baltimore in its two previous games, but the Orioles got 17 hits in this one and set a season high for runs.
"Our team is capable of doing that. You give us a little leeway, we'll take a lot," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "Today was pretty impressive."
Down 5-4 in the eighth, the Orioles scored six runs. Mora tied it with a homer off Justin Speier (0-1). Gibbons, Luis Matos and Larry Bigbie later followed with three straight RBI singles off Scott Schoeneweis, who also walked Brian Roberts with the bases loaded. Mora added a sacrifice fly off Chulk.
"It was tough to hold that team down, they're so balanced and so powerful. You're always living on the edge with a one-run lead," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know what to tell you. It got away, and it got away in a hurry."
Todd Williams (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win, and has appeared in seven games this season without allowing a run.
"This is one of the better stretches I've ever gone through," Williams said.
He also praised his teammates.
"What's great about our offense is that you got the obvious guys, who are doings things, but you've also got guys that people have never heard before that are getting hits, too," Williams said.
Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and five of six to fall to 9-9.
Gregg Zaun's two-run double and Koskie's two-run homer gave Toronto a 4-0 lead in the third. Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera started the inning with consecutive walks to Russ Adams and Frank Catalanotto.
The Orioles rallied with three runs in the fourth on Tejada's homer and Lopez's two-run homer.
Toronto's Eric Hinske led off the sixth with a walk and stole second and third before scoring on Adams' RBI grounder.
Tejada gave his team a scare when he tripped over first base in the eighth. He was OK, though. "He was just clumsy," Gibbons joked. ... Baltimore pitcher Sidney Ponson was granted a special permit to enter Canada for the three-game series against the Blue Jays. Ponson had trouble obtaining a work visa because of his involvement in two court cases. ... The Blue Jays entered with just one stolen base before Hinske stole second and third.
|Players of the Game|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||0||1||1||0||1||.353|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.290|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||5||2||2||1||0||1||2||.333|
|Chris Gomez, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Sammy Sosa, RF||5||2||2||0||0||1||1||.294|
|Rafael Palmeiro, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.217|
|Javy Lopez, C||4||4||3||2||1||0||1||.344|
|Geronimo Gil, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.353|
|Jay Gibbons, DH||5||2||3||5||0||0||0||.275|
|Luis Matos, CF||5||1||1||1||0||0||1||.320|
|Larry Bigbie, LF||5||0||2||1||0||2||0||.250|
|2B - Miguel Tejada (5, Towers), Javy Lopez (6, Towers)|
|HR - Melvin Mora (3, Speier), Miguel Tejada (5, Towers), Javy Lopez (2, Towers), Jay Gibbons (2, Chulk)|
|SF - Melvin Mora (1)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (18), Melvin Mora 2 (9), Miguel Tejada (20), Javy Lopez 2 (9), Jay Gibbons 5 (10), Luis Matos (9), Larry Bigbie (4)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Todd Williams (W,2-0)||1.1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|WP - Daniel Cabrera (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 105-58, Steve Kline 6-2, Todd Williams 16-10, Jorge Julio 10-7, Steve Reed 14-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 9-1, Todd Williams 2-0, Steve Reed 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 28, Steve Kline 1, Todd Williams 4, Jorge Julio 3, Steve Reed 4|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||2||1||0||0||2||2||2||.308|
|Reed Johnson, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.267|
|Gregg Zaun, C||3||1||1||2||1||1||2||.327|
|a- Greg Myers, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.083|
|Shea Hillenbrand, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.397|
|b- Frank Menechino, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.091|
|Corey Koskie, 3B||4||1||1||2||1||1||1||.215|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.214|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.290|
|Alex Rios, RF||4||0||1||0||0||3||1||.279|
|Orlando Hudson, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.274|
|Russ Adams, SS||2||1||0||1||1||1||0||.220|
|a-flied out for Zaun in the 9th|
|b-lined out for Hillenbrand in the 9th|
|2B - Gregg Zaun (6, Cabrera)|
|HR - Corey Koskie (3, Cabrera)|
|SH - Russ Adams (1)|
|RBI - Gregg Zaun 2 (13), Corey Koskie 2 (9), Russ Adams (6)|
|SB - Eric Hinske 2 (2, 2nd base off Cabrera/Lopez, 3rd base off Cabrera/Lopez)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Outfield Assists - Vernon Wells 1|
|DP - Towers-R. Adams-Hinske, Hinske-R. Adams-Frasor|
|E - Russ Adams 2 (3, throwing error)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Jason Frasor (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||6.00|
|Justin Speier (BS,2; L,0-1)||0||2||3||2||0||0||1||6.75|
|IBB - Lopez by Scott Schoeneweis|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Towers 80-55, Jason Frasor 16-9, Justin Speier 14-10, Scott Schoeneweis 19-9, Vinnie Chulk 26-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Towers 6-5, Jason Frasor 2-1, Justin Speier 1-0, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Vinnie Chulk 1-3|
|Batters Faced - Josh Towers 24, Jason Frasor 4, Justin Speier 3, Scott Schoeneweis 6, Vinnie Chulk 8|
|Attendance - 18095|
|Game Time - 3:05|
|Temperature - 68|
|Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Jim Wolf|