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Orioles 9, Blue Jays 2

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BALTIMORE -- Until his injured left leg heals enough for him to play shortstop, Miguel Tejada intends to help the Baltimore Orioles at the plate.

The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to back a fine pitching performance by Kris Benson, and the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Making his third straight start as the DH while nursing a hyperextended left knee, Tejada singled in a run in the third inning, singled and scored in the sixth and hit a two-run homer in the eighth.

"I know that I can't play defense and I've got to do something for the team, so I do it with my bat," said Tejada, who hopes to return to the field Wednesday when the Orioles play at Texas.

Despite the injury, Tejada extended his consecutive games streak to 945, the seventh-longest run in major league history. He's not just showing up, either -- he leads the AL with a .423 batting average and ranks first in hits (47) and multihit games (17).

"He's obviously locked in," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I don't know where we'd be without him."

Jay Gibbons, who also homered, said, "He's on fire. He's fun to watch, and I love hitting behind him."

Gibbons' sixth homer gave Baltimore a 5-0 lead, but the lead shrunk to 5-2 before Tejada and Ramon Hernandez hit two-run homers in the eighth off Vinnie Chulk. That took the pressure off the Baltimore bullpen, which came in with an AL-worst 6.47 ERA and surrendered seven runs in three innings on Monday night.

"They were obviously big runs for us," Perlozzo said.

Melvin Mora had three hits and two RBI for the Orioles, who earned a split of the two-game series.

Benson (4-2) allowed two runs, six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings. It was the right-hander's second win over Toronto in six days.

"What he does is throw strikes and mix his pitches up," Toronto catcher Bengie Molina said. "That's what he does well. Any pitcher that throws strikes and hits the corners keeps you off balance."

The Orioles' relievers made Benson's fine effort stand up. Todd Williams, the fourth Baltimore pitcher, got five outs for his first save.

Vernon Wells went 0-for-3 with a walk for Toronto, ending his 11-game hitting streak. It was only the second game this season in which he did not get a hit, although the walk enabled him to extend his run of reaching base in all 25 games.

Blue Jays starter Casey Janssen (0-2) gave up five runs and eight hits in six innings. The rookie derived more satisfaction from this effort than when he lost to Benson and the Orioles in his debut on April 27.

"I was a little more comfortable out there tonight," Janssen said. "I missed a couple of those pitches that cost me all those runs."

Molina concurred.

"Obviously, five runs doesn't show the great job that he did. I hope he knows it," the catcher said. "I hope he can learn from it. A couple of mistakes made him pay."

Down 5-0, Toronto sent eight batters to the plate in the seventh but scored only twice. After Shea Hillenbrand hit a leadoff double and scored on a two-out pinch-hit single by Eric Henske, Perlozzo replaced Benson with Julio Manon, recalled from Triple-A Ottawa earlier Tuesday.

Alex Rios tripled in a run and Manon walked two straight batters to load the bases. Sendy Rleal then came in to face Troy Glaus, who lined out to left.

Rleal got the first out in the eighth before Williams finished up, allowing two hits.

The Orioles went up 3-0 in the third. Nick Markakis doubled and Janssen hit Chris Gomez with a pitch before Mora lined a two-run double into the left-field corner. Tejada followed with an RBI single.

Benson gave up two hits in the second inning but was aided by a double play. He retired 10 straight batters, including seven in a row on fly balls, before working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

Gibbons made it 5-0 in the bottom half, driving a 2-2 pitch into the right-field seats after Tejada hit a one-out single.

Notes

Tejada has at least one hit in 24 of 28 games this season. ... Toronto LHP Scott Downs, reinstated from bereavement leave before the game, pitched a scoreless seventh. ... Manon last pitched in the majors for Montreal in 2003.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Baltimore

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF5031010
Frank Catalanotto, LF3010201
Vernon Wells, CF3000102
Troy Glaus, 3B3000104
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010003
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4110011
Bengie Molina, C4020001
Russ Adams, SS4000003
Aaron Hill, 2B2000000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1111000
    John McDonald, 2B1000000
Totals342924215 
a-singled for Hill in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (, Benson), Shea Hillenbrand (, Benson), Bengie Molina (, Benson)
3B - Alex Rios (, Manon)
RBI - Alex Rios (), Eric Hinske ()
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios (), Eric Hinske ()
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - R. Adams-Hill-Overbay, R. Adams-Hill-Overbay
Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen (L,-) 6855031
Scott Downs 1000010
Vinnie Chulk 1444012
HBP - Gomez (by Casey Janssen)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Janssen 81-55, Scott Downs 10-6, Vinnie Chulk 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Janssen 9-4, Scott Downs 1-1, Vinnie Chulk 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Janssen 25, Scott Downs 3, Vinnie Chulk 7
Baltimore Orioles
Brandon Fahey, SS4100021
Melvin Mora, 3B4232000
Miguel Tejada, DH4233001
Jay Gibbons, RF4122011
    Luis Terrero, PR-LF0100000
Ramon Hernandez, C4112010
Corey Patterson, CF4020000
Jeff Conine, 1B4000012
Nick Markakis, LF-RF4110000
Chris Gomez, 2B2000000
Totals349129055 
Batting
2B - Melvin Mora (, Janssen), Corey Patterson (, Janssen), Nick Markakis (, Janssen)
HR - Miguel Tejada (, Chulk), Jay Gibbons (, Janssen), Ramon Hernandez (, Chulk)
RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (), Miguel Tejada 3 (), Jay Gibbons 2 (), Ramon Hernandez 2 ()
2-OUT RBI - Melvin Mora 2 (), Miguel Tejada ()
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Fahey-Gomez-Conine, Fahey-Conine
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson (W,-) 6.2622210
Julio Manon0100200
Sendy Rleal (H,) 0.2000000
Todd Williams (S,) 1.2200010
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 107-64, Julio Manon 11-2, Sendy Rleal 8-5, Todd Williams 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 6-12, Todd Williams 2-1
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 27, Julio Manon 3, Sendy Rleal 2, Todd Williams 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15795
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Ed Rapuano, Third Base - Tony Randazzo