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Jays handle Orioles to equal season's best winning streak

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- Baltimore's Melvin Mora thinks Ted Lilly could be a lot better if he only realized how good he already is.

Lilly pitched six scoreless innings and Eric Hinske homered to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over the Orioles on Thursday. Lilly (6-7) allowed just four hits while striking out eight and walking four to win for the first time in four starts.

"I'll be honest -- they have a great pitcher, but Lilly doesn't know how nasty he is," Mora said. "If only he used the fastball more. That's what he did today. He was able to locate it inside and outside."

Lilly has been plagued by inconsistency throughout his career -- often frustrating management by seemingly pitching without a plan.

Toronto manager John Gibbons liked what Lilly did against Baltimore.

"He was rolling today. What I like today was that he was aggressive right out of the chute," Gibbons said. "We need that. Ted's a big part of it. We've got to get some wins out of him this year, and have us keep us in games if we are going to do anything."

Shea Hillenbrand hit a two-run single for the Blue Jays, who tied a season high by winning their third straight. Toronto took three of four from Baltimore.

Lilly said watching teammate Roy Halladay work quickly in his last start made him want to pitch like that.

"He makes it look pretty easy. I would certainly rather go out there and do that and get a lot of groundballs, so I think I'm going to keep finding a way to do that," Lilly said. "Trying to locate my fastball is where I'd like to start."

Luis Matos also said Lilly used his fastball well to keep the Orioles off balance. Baltimore threatened a few times, but couldn't get the big hit.

Javy Lopez doubled over the head of center fielder Alex Rios in the fourth, but Kevin Millar was thrown out at the plate after shortstop Aaron Hill made a nice relay throw.

Lilly loaded the bases in the fifth, then struck out Miguel Tejada looking on a breaking ball to end the threat.

Jeff Conine tripled with two outs in the eighth off Justin Speier before Brian Tallet got Corey Patterson to fly out, escaping the jam.

Reed Johnson doubled in the bottom half and scored on Troy Glaus' single off Todd Williams, giving Toronto an insurance run.

Former Baltimore closer B.J. Ryan pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances. Ryan signed a five-year, $47 million contract -- the richest ever for a reliever -- in the offseason.

The Orioles fell to 5-16 against left-handed starters this season.

Hinkse homered in the second off Daniel Cabrera (4-3). Hillenbrand's two-run single in the sixth made it 3-0.

Cabrera allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He won his previous four decisions.

The Orioles cut it to 3-2 in the seventh. Matos tripled off Scott Schoeneweis before scoring on Brian Roberts' single.

Roberts stole second and advanced to third on Mora's single before scoring on Tejada's sacrifice fly.


  • Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo confirmed that he and other members of the organization are scheduled to be interviewed by investigators next week as part of baseball's probe into performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Toronto C Bengie Molina matched a career high by extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Gibbons gave CF Vernon Wells a rest, but Wells entered in the seventh.
  • The Blue Jays last won three consecutive games from April 12-14.
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Blue Jays lefty Ted Lilly baffles the Orioles for six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits.  (AP)
Blue Jays lefty Ted Lilly baffles the Orioles for six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Lilly
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 4
K 8

E. Hinske
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B5111032 .308
Melvin Mora, 3B4010120 .285
Miguel Tejada, SS2001113 .333
Ramon Hernandez, C2000201 .292
Kevin Millar, 1B4010013 .247
Javy Lopez, DH4010012 .273
Jeff Conine, LF4020011 .236
Corey Patterson, CF4000002 .289
Luis Matos, RF4120000 .196
2B - Javy Lopez (11, Lilly)
3B - Jeff Conine (2, Speier), Luis Matos (1, Schoeneweis)
SF - Miguel Tejada (3)
RBI - Brian Roberts (22), Miguel Tejada (52)
SB - Brian Roberts (16, 2nd base off Frasor/Molina), Miguel Tejada (4, 2nd base off Lilly/Molina), Kevin Millar (1, 2nd base off Lilly/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
DP - B. Roberts-Tejada-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Daniel Cabrera (L,4-3) 6533361 4.17
Todd Williams 1.1211000 4.21
Kurt Birkins 0.1000000 0.86
LaTroy Hawkins 0.1000000 3.82
IBB - Overbay by Daniel Cabrera
Pitches-Strikes - Daniel Cabrera 103-56, Todd Williams 18-12, Kurt Birkins 4-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daniel Cabrera 1-10, Todd Williams 2-2, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0
Batters Faced - Daniel Cabrera 25, Todd Williams 6, Kurt Birkins 1, LaTroy Hawkins 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Russ Adams, 2B3110100 .244
Frank Catalanotto, LF2010101 .322
    Reed Johnson, PR-LF1210000 .359
Alex Rios, CF-RF4000013 .335
Troy Glaus, DH4011023 .256
Lyle Overbay, 1B3000101 .276
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B4012001 .327
Eric Hinske, RF3111012 .273
    Vernon Wells, CF0000000 .328
Bengie Molina, C3010000 .293
Aaron Hill, SS3000021 .283
2B - Frank Catalanotto (13, Cabrera), Reed Johnson (9, T. Williams)
HR - Eric Hinske (4, Cabrera)
RBI - Troy Glaus (51), Shea Hillenbrand 2 (33), Eric Hinske (9)
2-OUT RBI - Shea Hillenbrand 2 (10), Eric Hinske (4)
SB - Reed Johnson (6, 2nd base off Cabrera/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Alex Rios 1
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly (W,6-7) 6400480 4.12
Scott Schoeneweis (H,13) 0.1222000 6.55
Jason Frasor (H,7) 0.2100000 6.15
Justin Speier (H,12) 0.2100000 2.84
Brian Tallet (H,1) 0.1000000 6.59
B.J. Ryan (S,17) 1000010 0.55
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 103-63, Scott Schoeneweis 13-8, Jason Frasor 14-7, Justin Speier 11-8, Brian Tallet 2-1, B.J. Ryan 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 4-5, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Justin Speier 1-1
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 25, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Jason Frasor 3, Justin Speier 3, Brian Tallet 1, B.J. Ryan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32285
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Jerry Layne