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O's rough up Janssen, send Blue Jays to third straight loss

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- Almost half of Kris Benson's wins have come against one of the best-hitting teams in the majors.

Ramon Hernandez homered and Benson beat the Toronto Blue Jays for the third time this season, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 6-4 victory Monday night.

Toronto entered the game with a major league-leading .301 average that fell to .299.

Benson (7-5) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, winning for the first time in five starts and improving to 3-1 in four outings against the Blue Jays this season.

"It's never easy facing these guys," Benson said. "I've had decent success against these guys so I really didn't want to change much. It comes down to executing pitches.They are quality hitters over there. They have the best batting average in the league."

Benson struck out six and walked three. He has a 3.16 ERA against Toronto this year.

"He pitched pretty well tonight. He had trouble with one guy. He handled the rest of the lineup pretty well," Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said.

Alex Rios homered twice for the Blue Jays, who dropped their third straight - matching their longest skid of the season.

"It came down to Benson. The four games he's started against us, he's pretty much shut us down," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He keeps us off balance. The way he was pitching you knew it was going to be tough to come back. He's been very good, so we'll let that one go."

Brian Roberts hit a two-run triple and Nick Markakis added a two-run single off rookie starter Casey Janssen. Hernandez's solo shot against Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh gave the Orioles a 6-3 lead.

It was the fourth time Benson and Janssen faced each other. Janssen (5-4) lost for the first time since May 12. He gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, the shortest start of his career.

"It was a struggle. I left a lot of pitches up and they hammered them," Janssen said. "It'll be nice to finally face another team. They're a good club."

Chris Ray worked the ninth for his 16th save. He allowed a solo homer to Gregg Zaun.

Rios provided nearly all the offense for the Blue Jays, going 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBI. He hit a leadoff drive in the first, Toronto's third leadoff shot this season, then added a two-run homer in the fifth, his 14th. It was the first multihomer game of his career.

But the Orioles roughed up Janssen, who lost for the first time in six starts. He walked none and struck out four.

Janssen didn't get any help from first base umpire Ed Hickox, who ruled Corey Patterson safe on a grounder to begin the third. Replays showed that Toronto first baseman Lyle Overbay beat Patterson to the bag, but Gibbons didn't come out to argue.

Kevin Millar singled but was erased on a fielder's choice before Roberts lashed a two-run triple to right-center.

Baltimore chased Janssen in the fourth. Miguel Tejada, Jay Gibbons and Hernandez led off with consecutive singles, and Patterson popped out before Millar drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch. Markakis followed with his two-run single.

Trailing 5-3, the Blue Jays put runners at first and third with two outs in the sixth, but Benson got Zaun to fly out.

Hernandez opened the seventh with his 10th homer.

Recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, Toronto's Russ Adams played second base for the first time in his major league career. He handled the only ball hit his way, a fourth-inning popup, but went 0-for-4 at the plate.

Notes

  • Injured starter A.J. Burnett (sore right elbow) tossed five hitless innings in a rehab start with Syracuse. Burnett walked one, struck out seven and didn't give up a run. He's expected to make one more rehab start before rejoining the Blue Jays' rotation at Atlanta on June 22. Before the game, the Blue Jays activated John McDonald from the 15-day disabled list and recalled Adams. To make room on the roster, Toronto released infielder Edgardo Alfonzo and sent infielder Luis Figueroa outright to Syracuse. The Orioles also made a roster move, activating Jay Gibbons from the 15-day disabled list and optioning infielder Ed Rogers to Triple-A Ottawa.
 
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The O's Ramon Hernandez rounds the bases after homering off Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh.  (AP)
The O's Ramon Hernandez rounds the bases after homering off Scott Schoeneweis in the seventh. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

A. Rios
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
Baltimore

R. Hernandez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4022110
Brandon Fahey, LF4000024
Melvin Mora, 3B5000015
Miguel Tejada, SS4110110
Jay Gibbons, DH5120032
Ramon Hernandez, C5231010
Corey Patterson, CF4110005
Kevin Millar, 1B2011100
    Jeff Conine, 1B0000000
Nick Markakis, RF4112004
Totals3761163920 
Batting
2B - Ramon Hernandez (, Tallet)
3B - Brian Roberts (, Janssen)
HR - Ramon Hernandez (, Schoeneweis)
SH - Brandon Fahey ()
RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (), Ramon Hernandez (), Kevin Millar (), Nick Markakis 2 ()
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Corey Patterson 1
PB - Ramon Hernandez ()
Baltimore Orioles
Kris Benson (W,-) 6533362
Todd Williams (H,) 1000100
LaTroy Hawkins (H,) 1000000
Chris Ray (S,) 1111001
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 108-62, Todd Williams 20-8, LaTroy Hawkins 10-7, Chris Ray 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 4-7, Todd Williams 3-0, LaTroy Hawkins 3-0, Chris Ray 1-2
Batters Faced - Kris Benson 25, Todd Williams 4, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Chris Ray 4
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF2223200
Frank Catalanotto, LF4010013
Vernon Wells, CF4000022
Troy Glaus, 3B4000010
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000110
Shea Hillenbrand, DH4010000
Gregg Zaun, C4111012
Aaron Hill, SS3110100
Russ Adams, 2B4000002
Totals32464469 
Batting
2B - Aaron Hill (, Benson)
HR - Alex Rios 2 (, Benson, Benson), Gregg Zaun (, Ray)
RBI - Alex Rios 3 (), Gregg Zaun ()
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rios 2 ()
SB - Alex Rios (, 2nd base off Benson/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Brian Tallet (, Wild pickoff attempt)
Toronto Blue Jays
Casey Janssen (L,-) 3.1855040
Brian Tallet 2.1200300
Scott Schoeneweis 1.1111011
Justin Speier 2000040
IBB - Millar by Brian Tallet, by Tejada
HBP - Millar (by Casey Janssen)
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Janssen 76-47, Brian Tallet 49-26, Scott Schoeneweis 12-9, Justin Speier 19-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Janssen 3-3, Brian Tallet 3-4, Scott Schoeneweis 2-1, Justin Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Janssen 19, Brian Tallet 12, Scott Schoeneweis 5, Justin Speier 6
Game Information
Attendance - 17876
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Ed Montague, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Marvin Hudson