Baltimore at Toronto

W: V. Chulk (1-0) L: R. Lopez (4-8)
S: B. Ryan (16)
HR: BAL - None   TOR - A. Rios (15), F. Catalanotto (5), V. Wells (17)

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 3

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Alex Rios has a big fan in Baltimore Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora.

Rios, Frank Catalanotto and Vernon Wells homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 6-3 victory over the Orioles on Wednesday night.

Rios has four home runs in his last four games. He's hitting .341 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI and eight stolen bases, but isn't on the ballot for the All-Star game in Pittsburgh.

Mora thinks that Rios should be the first All-Star reserve named for the American League team.

"He's the first guy who should be there," said Mora, who told Rios that earlier in the series. "He's hitting .340, he plays a good right field, hits for power. He needs to be there."

Rios, who leads all players in write-in votes, would love to go.

"It would be great. It's every players dream," Rios said. "It's been a great season so far."

He lost his job as the everyday right fielder over the offseason and was supposed to platoon with Eric Hinske, but his strong play won him the job outright.

Rios hit only 10 home runs in 481 at-bats last year after hitting just one in 426 at-bats. He's a five-tool talent, but his lack of power in games and hustle in the field prompted the offseason demotion.

"He's fun to watch. He's got all the ability in the world and he's starting to trust himself a little more and know that it takes to be succesful," Wells said. "The sky is the limit for him. He's that good."

Rios and Catalanotto hit back-to-back homers in the first off Rodrigo Lopez (4-8) -- the first two batters the right-hander faced. It was the seventh time this season Toronto has hit consecutive home runs.

Wells hit a solo shot off Lopez in the third for the Blue Jays, who have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.

Vinny Chulk (1-0) pitched an inning for the win.

B.J. Ryan pitched two hitless innings for his 16th save in 17 chances. Ryan signed a five-year, $47 million contract -- the richest ever for a reliever -- in the offseason.

Toronto's bullpen pitched seven scoreless innings.

"We scored four runs early and our bullpen held it for us," Wells said.

Miguel Tejada went 3-for-4 for the Orioles, who have lost two straight.

After Rios and Catalanotto homered in the first, Wells walked before later scoring on Lyle Overbay's RBI single.

Jeff Conine had an RBI single in the second and Baltimore tied it in the third on run-scoring singles by Tejada and Kevin Millar off Toronto starter Scott Downs.

Wells' homer in the bottom half of the third gave Toronto a 4-3 lead and Catalanotto's RBI single and Wells' run-scoring double in the fourth made it 6-3.

Lopez allowed six runs and seven hits in just 3 2/3 innings. Lopez won his previous three decisions.


Downs started in place of the injured Gustavo Chacin, who is expected to miss at least a month with a sore left elbow. Downs will return to the bullpen, as Toronto won't need a fifth starter with off days coming up. Notes: The Orioles placed RF Jay Gibbons on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, only two days after he came off it. Gibbons left Tuesday night's game in the third inning after re-injuring his right knee during an at-bat. The injury stems from a spill he took while trying to catch a fly ball in a May 26 game against the Angels. ... Baltimore RF Luis Matos stood looking for the ball in right in the fourth it as it bounced off the wall behind him for a double by Gregg Zaun.

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Players of the Game

V. Wells
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

M. Tejada
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0

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Brian Roberts, 2B4110111 .311
Melvin Mora, 3B5110032 .285
Miguel Tejada, SS4031101 .336
Ramon Hernandez, DH5000016 .295
Kevin Millar, 1B4121021 .247
Javy Lopez, C3000113 .274
Jeff Conine, LF4011001 .230
Corey Patterson, CF4020014 .295
Luis Matos, RF3000103 .182
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RBI - Miguel Tejada (51), Kevin Millar (30), Jeff Conine (18)
SB - Miguel Tejada (3, 2nd base off Rosario/Zaun), Luis Matos 2 (6, 2nd base off Rosario/Zaun, 3rd base off Rosario/Zaun)
Team LOB - 10
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
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Rodrigo Lopez (L,4-8) 3.2766313 6.85
Chris Britton 1.1000010 2.95
Sendy Rleal 1100000 3.23
Kurt Birkins 2200020 0.87
Pitches-Strikes - Rodrigo Lopez 88-50, Chris Britton 19-12, Sendy Rleal 4-4, Kurt Birkins 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rodrigo Lopez 5-5, Chris Britton 1-2, Sendy Rleal 2-0, Kurt Birkins 2-2
Batters Faced - Rodrigo Lopez 21, Chris Britton 4, Sendy Rleal 3, Kurt Birkins 8
Toronto Blue Jays
Alex Rios, RF3211100 .341
Frank Catalanotto, LF3122000 .320
    Reed Johnson, LF1000000 .355
Vernon Wells, CF3222100 .328
Troy Glaus, 3B4000012 .257
Lyle Overbay, 1B4011020 .279
Shea Hillenbrand, DH3000100 .329
Gregg Zaun, C4120012 .330
Aaron Hill, SS4020003 .286
Russ Adams, 2B4000004 .242
2B - Vernon Wells (17, Lopez), Gregg Zaun (9, Lopez)
HR - Alex Rios (15, Lopez), Frank Catalanotto (5, Lopez), Vernon Wells (17, Lopez)
RBI - Alex Rios (49), Frank Catalanotto 2 (30), Vernon Wells 2 (54), Lyle Overbay (35)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Catalanotto (5), Vernon Wells (15)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Hill-R. Adams-Overbay
PB - Gregg Zaun (2)
E - Aaron Hill (7, Wild throw)
Toronto Blue Jays
Scott Downs 2632010 5.64
Vinnie Chulk (W,1-0) 1200020 6.62
Francisco Rosario (H,3) 2.1100220 4.82
Scott Schoeneweis (H,12) 0.2000000 5.82
Justin Speier (H,11) 1100120 2.92
B.J. Ryan (S,16) 2000120 0.57
IBB - Tejada by Francisco Rosario
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Downs 47-28, Vinnie Chulk 28-18, Francisco Rosario 41-23, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Justin Speier 20-11, B.J. Ryan 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Downs 4-1, Francisco Rosario 1-4, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, B.J. Ryan 1-3
Batters Faced - Scott Downs 12, Vinnie Chulk 5, Francisco Rosario 10, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Justin Speier 5, B.J. Ryan 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23325
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Ed Montague, Third Base - Ed Hickox