Baltimore at Toronto

W: T. Lilly (5-7) L: B. Chen (6-5)
HR: BAL - E. Marrero (5)   TOR - V. Wells (14), A. Hill (1), S. Hillenbrand (8)

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 2

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- The Toronto Blue Jays have been waiting for Ted Lilly and Vernon Wells to play this well all season.

Lilly and Justin Speier combined on a three-hitter, and Wells and Aaron Hill each hit first-inning home runs for the Blue Jays in an 11-2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.

Wells hit a three-run homer off Bruce Chen (6-5) in his first at-bat since returning to the team after missing three games to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby boy this past Friday.

Wells entered the game hitting just .220 with runners in scoring position.

"Vernon's a pretty easy-going guy. Of course, he gets in there for his first at-bat and jumps on the first pitch he sees and hits it out of the park," Lilly said. "That's the Vernon I know, right there."

One batter later, Hill hit his first major-league home run. Hill, a rookie, went 4-for-4 to establish a career high for hits and raise his average to .382. He also walked.

Lilly (5-7) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA 6.08.

"He was outstanding. He came out and threw his fastball; he's got a great one and he's starting to believe in it again," Wells said. "If we can get him going it will be a key for us."

The 28-year-old left-hander struck out a season-high 10 and walked two, the sixth time in his career he's struck out 10 or more and the first since Aug. 20 when he fanned a career-high 13 against Boston.

"Ted Lilly pitched well. You have to tip your hat," Baltimore catcher Sal Fasano said. "He made one mistake and Eli Marrero hit it."

Marrero hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which had won five of six. The three hits tied the AL-leading Orioles' season low, done three times previously.

Chen allowed a season-high six runs on nine hits in five innings.

"Sometimes I have a tendency to be lazy and not finish my pitches," Chen said. "Obviously, I didn't have my 'A' game. They hit me and they hit me good."

Reed Johnson led off Toronto's first with a single, advanced to third on Alex Rios' double and scored on Wells' team-leading 14th home run.

Wells said he felt relaxed after a long weekend of little sleep. His wife Charlene had an emergency C-section.

"That's a major surgery, but everything went well," Wells said. "You can relax knowing your baby is healthy. You can just come out here and have a good time, but at the same time you miss being with them."

Marrero homered off Lilly in the second, but Toronto took a 6-2 lead in the fifth on Shea Hillenbrand's RBI double and Hill's run-scoring single.

The Blue Jays added four runs in the seventh off Steve Reed on Gregg Zaun's RBI single, pinch-hitter Eric Hinske's two-run double and Russ Adams' sacrifice fly.

Hillenbrand added a solo homer off James Baldwin in the eighth.


Manager John Gibbons said rookie SS Adams is going to start seeing a lot more action against left-handers. Gibbons has decided that Adams is ready for full-time duty. The left-handed hitting rookie had been splitting time with the right-handed John McDonald ... Orioles 2B Brian Roberts returned to the starting lineup after not starting Sunday because of a sore back that's been bothering him for more than a week.
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Players of the Game

A. Hill
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 1

T. Lilly
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 2
BB 2
K 10

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Brian Roberts, 2B4000021 .355
Melvin Mora, 3B3000110 .305
Miguel Tejada, SS3000111 .316
Sammy Sosa, RF4000022 .256
Rafael Palmeiro, 1B4110011 .267
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Chris Gomez, DH-3B3000011 .338
Sal Fasano, C2000010 .262
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HR - Eli Marrero (5, Lilly)
RBI - Eli Marrero 2 (12)
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DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Palmeiro
PB - Geronimo Gil (2)
Baltimore Orioles
Bruce Chen (L,6-5) 5966242 3.73
Steve Reed 1544020 6.58
Todd Williams 1000000 3.86
James Baldwin 1211001 1.08
HBP - Menechino (by Bruce Chen)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 92-56, Steve Reed 34-23, Todd Williams 6-5, James Baldwin 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 5-5, Steve Reed 1-0, Todd Williams 2-1, James Baldwin 1-2
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 26, Steve Reed 8, Todd Williams 3, James Baldwin 5
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, LF4110011 .269
   a- Gabe Gross, PH-LF1000000 .067
Alex Rios, RF5230000 .281
Vernon Wells, CF5113022 .250
Shea Hillenbrand, 1B5332010 .314
Aaron Hill, 3B4242100 .382
Gregg Zaun, C5111013 .250
Frank Menechino, DH1010100 .229
   b- Eric Hinske, PH-DH1112000 .248
Orlando Hudson, 2B4010014 .237
Russ Adams, SS3001002 .235
a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th
b-doubled for Menechino in the 7th
2B - Shea Hillenbrand (13, Chen), Eric Hinske (11, Reed)
HR - Vernon Wells (14, Chen), Shea Hillenbrand (8, Baldwin), Aaron Hill (1, Chen)
SF - Russ Adams (3)
RBI - Vernon Wells 3 (36), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (32), Aaron Hill 2 (21), Gregg Zaun (29), Eric Hinske 2 (32), Russ Adams (23)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand (7)
SB - Aaron Hill (1, 3rd base off Chen/Fasano)
Team LOB - 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,5-7) 73222101 6.08
Justin Speier 2000010 3.24
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 103-70, Justin Speier 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 5-6, Justin Speier 1-4
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Game Information
Attendance - 15849
Game Time - 2:29
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Rob Drake