BALTIMORE -- When he earned his ninth win on June 28, Kris Benson figured he wouldn't have to wait too long before he reached double digits in victories for the fourth time in his career.
Fifty-one days later, Benson finally got win No. 10.
Benson (10-9) was 0-4 in his previous six starts, even though he gave up three earned runs or fewer in half those appearances.
"I had a couple chances to get one, but it slipped away," he said. "Now I just need two more to get a career high."
Benson gave up two runs and six hits, striking out five and walking none to improve to 4-1 against Toronto this year.
"There are just some teams that you perform well against and some you don't. This year, they're just one of those teams I've thrown well against," he said. "I know how they swing the bats, so I prepared myself well going into each start against these guys."
That made it easier for Benson to get Baltimore's third straight win.
"It's always nice when they give you a little room to breathe and relax, so you can sit back and try to get a victory out of it," he said.
"Benson's had our number this year. He's held us in check pretty good," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Baltimore went up 3-0 in the first inning. Markakis singled with one out before Mora hit his 13th homer, the first since July 31. Tejada followed with a double, and after Kevin Millar received an intentional walk with two outs, Corey Patterson blooped an RBI single to right.
The Orioles used five consecutive singles to make it 6-0 in the second. Three hits loaded the bases for Mora, who singled in two runs. Tejada then chased Downs with an RBI single.
"It was just one of those nights where you try to throw strikes and get some ground balls and the ground balls find the hole," Downs said. "Long night."
Downs was 4-1 with a 1.47 ERA since the All-Star break. Making his fifth start of the year, the left-hander yielded six runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings, raising his ERA from 4.03 to 4.82.
"I feel like I'm strong. I feel like my location is good," he said. "Tonight, some pitches weren't located where they should have been, and the ones that were, they were the ones that found holes. You fall behind a couple of counts and it kind of snowballs from there."
Davis Romero followed Downs and allowed one hit -- a double by Markakis -- over 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut.
Benson, meanwhile, allowed only three runners until the sixth, when Wells hit his 28th homer and Glaus followed with No. 32.
Singles by Mora, Tejada and Jeff Conine made it 7-2 in the seventh.
|Players of the Game|
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|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.328|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||1||.310|
|Vernon Wells, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||1||.319|
|Troy Glaus, 3B||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.260|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.305|
|Bengie Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.283|
|Gregg Zaun, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.262|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.291|
|John McDonald, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.225|
|2B - Lyle Overbay (34, Benson)|
|HR - Vernon Wells (28, Benson), Troy Glaus (32, Benson)|
|RBI - Vernon Wells (84), Troy Glaus (87)|
|2-OUT RBI - Vernon Wells (28), Troy Glaus (21)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1|
|DP - Hill-Overbay|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Scott Downs (L,6-2)||1.1||9||6||6||1||1||1||4.82|
|IBB - Millar by Scott Downs|
|WP - Brian Tallet (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Downs 45-28, Davis Romero 31-18, Jason Frasor 27-19, Brian Tallet 25-17, Jeremy Accardo 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Downs 1-1, Davis Romero 2-3, Jason Frasor 2-1, Brian Tallet 2-1, Jeremy Accardo 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Scott Downs 13, Davis Romero 8, Jason Frasor 6, Brian Tallet 6, Jeremy Accardo 3|
|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||2||3||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||2||3||4||0||1||1||.284|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||1||3||1||0||0||0||.329|
|Jeff Conine, LF-1B||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.268|
|Kevin Millar, DH||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.235|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.276|
|Fernando Tatis, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Brandon Fahey, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.260|
|2B - Nick Markakis (18, Romero), Miguel Tejada (30, Downs)|
|HR - Melvin Mora (13, Downs)|
|RBI - Melvin Mora 4 (68), Miguel Tejada (82), Jeff Conine (46), Corey Patterson (44)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jeff Conine (17), Corey Patterson (20)|
|SB - Melvin Mora (8, 3rd base off Tallet/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Mora-B. Roberts-Tatis|
|Kris Benson (W,10-9)||7||6||2||2||0||5||2||4.63|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 91-66, LaTroy Hawkins 15-8, Todd Williams 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 10-5, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Todd Williams 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Kris Benson 26, LaTroy Hawkins 4, Todd Williams 3|
|Attendance - 22679|
|Game Time - 2:25|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Brian Gorman|