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TORONTO -- With two weeks remaining in a disappointing season, the Baltimore Orioles are still playing hard. But rather than battling for a playoff spot, they're auditioning for jobs.
Scott Moore drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning, helping the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-6 on Sunday.
"We had a chance to win the game and my job was to get that guy in," Moore said.
Manager Dave Trembley has told his players that he's evaluating them now, and that spring training will be too late to make a positive impression.
"I know it's late in the year and a lot of people say these things are meaningless but for us it's important," Trembley said. "A lot of new guys are getting opportunities to play and the contributions they can make right now are going to determine the direction we're going to go in 2008."
Baltimore's young players are getting the message.
"Even though it's late and it's been frustrating for some of the guys, they're all still taking care of their business the right way and going out and trying to win every game," Moore said.
Jason Frasor (1-5), the eighth Toronto pitcher, gave up a single to Aubrey Huff to begin the 12th. Freddie Bynum's ground-rule double moved Huff to third, Paul Bako struck out and, with the infield in, Moore grounded an RBI single off the glove of first baseman Matt Stairs.
Brian Roberts followed with a sacrifice fly.
"At this point in the season, you're trying to build on bright spots," Roberts said. "You're trying to put some things together to start playing better baseball toward the end, give your team and organization something to build toward next year."
Nick Markakis homered for the Orioles, who won for just the sixth time in their past 25 games. Rob Bell (4-3) worked two innings for the win and Fernando Cabrera, Baltimore's seventh pitcher, closed it out for his first career save.
In just his second full season, Markakis' homer gave him 100 RBI for the first time.
"It's an awful big accomplishment for a guy who's still inexperienced," Trembley said. "Nick has really matured above and beyond what we could have hoped for."
Baltimore won a series for the first time since Aug. 13-15, when the O's took two of three at Yankee Stadium. The Orioles had dropped eight straight series since.
"We showed a lot of patience late in the game, especially after stranding some guys," Trembley said.
Toronto led 4-1 early, then rallied after falling behind 6-4 in the eighth, but still lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
"It was a game I thought we should have won," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Melvin Mora led off the eighth with a single off Casey Janssen and was replaced by Bynum, who went to second on a grounder by Ramon Hernandez. Bynum got caught off second when Jay Payton grounded back to the mound, but Janssen's throw sailed into center field for an error, putting runners at the corners.
Jeremy Accardo replaced Janssen and got Roberts to ground into a fielder's choice, with Bynum getting tagged out in a rundown. Roberts stole second before Tike Redman lined a two-run single to left.
Toronto tied it at 6 after loading the bases with none out against Jamie Walker. Chad Bradford came on and gave up RBI grounders to Alex Rios and pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay.
Baltimore opened the scoring in the second on Payton's RBI double, but Adam Lind and Russ Adams homered on consecutive pitches from Orioles right-hander Victor Santos to give Toronto a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning. It's the sixth time this season Toronto has hit back-to-back home runs.
Aaron Hill made it 4-1 with an RBI double in the third, but Baltimore closed the gap on Payton's sacrifice fly in the fourth and Markakis' homer in the fifth.
The Orioles tied it at 4 in the seventh. Roberts doubled to start the inning against left-hander Joe Kennedy, who struck out Redman and got Markakis to fly out. Brandon League came on to face Miguel Tejada, who grounded a broken-bat single to left and snapped an 0-for-13 slump.
Toronto loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Jim Hoey but couldn't score. Walker came on and got pinch-hitter Vernon Wells to pop out, then struck out Curtis Thigpen to end the inning.
"We let them off the hook there," Gibbons said.
Thigpen is hitless in his past 22 at-bats. He went 0-for-4 and stranded five runners.
Santos allowed four runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked three -- one intentional -- and struck out two.
Marcum gave up three runs on five hits in five innings and has not won in three starts. He walked two and struck out four.
The game lasted four hours, 25 minutes. ... Hill's double was his 42nd of the season and broke Roberto Alomar's team record, set in 1991. ... Mora returned to the lineup after missing the past three games with a sore back. ... Huff had reached safely in seven straight plate appearances before grounding out in the seventh.
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||2||1||1||1||2||5||.291|
|Tike Redman, CF||6||0||2||2||1||1||4||.338|
|Nick Markakis, RF||6||1||1||1||0||2||4||.291|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||6||0||1||1||0||0||2||.300|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||5||0||0||0||1||2||1||.252|
|Aubrey Huff, DH||4||3||2||0||1||1||2||.285|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Freddie Bynum, PR-LF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.267|
|Ramon Hernandez, C||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.242|
|Luis Hernandez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.348|
|Paul Bako, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.204|
|Jay Payton, LF||3||0||1||2||0||1||1||.254|
|Brandon Fahey, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
|Scott Moore, 3B||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.194|
|2B - Brian Roberts (40, Kennedy), Tike Redman (6, Marcum), Freddie Bynum (8, Frasor), Jay Payton (20, Marcum)|
|HR - Nick Markakis (20, Marcum)|
|SF - Brian Roberts (3), Jay Payton (6)|
|RBI - Brian Roberts (51), Tike Redman 2 (12), Nick Markakis (100), Miguel Tejada (75), Jay Payton 2 (50), Scott Moore (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Tike Redman 2 (6), Miguel Tejada (30), Jay Payton (25)|
|SB - Brian Roberts (44, 2nd base off Accardo/Thigpen), Luis Hernandez (2, 2nd base off Tallet/Zaun)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Millar|
|Chad Bradford (BS,5)||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||3.47|
|Rob Bell (W,4-3)||2||2||0||0||0||1||0||6.70|
|Fernando Cabrera (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||6.81|
|IBB - R. Adams by Victor Santos|
|HBP - Johnson (by Rocky Cherry)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Victor Santos 80-41, Rocky Cherry 24-12, Jim Hoey 18-5, Jamie Walker 23-9, Chad Bradford 28-19, Rob Bell 32-18, Fernando Cabrera 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Santos 5-5, Rocky Cherry 1-4, Chad Bradford 5-1, Rob Bell 4-1|
|Batters Faced - Victor Santos 22, Rocky Cherry 7, Jim Hoey 4, Jamie Walker 5, Chad Bradford 8, Rob Bell 8, Fernando Cabrera 3|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Reed Johnson, RF||6||1||2||0||0||0||3||.249|
|Matt Stairs, 1B||5||1||0||0||2||1||2||.302|
|Alex Rios, CF||7||0||1||1||0||2||2||.300|
|Frank Thomas, DH||2||0||1||0||2||0||1||.267|
|Hector Luna, PR-DH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|a- Lyle Overbay, PH-DH||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.242|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||6||1||2||1||0||1||5||.276|
|Adam Lind, LF||5||1||1||2||1||0||3||.230|
|Russ Adams, 3B||1||1||1||1||2||0||0||.320|
|b- Vernon Wells, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.248|
|Ray Olmedo, 3B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Curtis Thigpen, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||6||.203|
|c- Gregg Zaun, PH-C||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||.246|
|John McDonald, SS||5||1||2||0||1||0||2||.243|
|a-grounded out for Luna in the 8th|
|b-popped out for R. Adams in the 7th|
|c-walked for Thigpen in the 9th|
|2B - Frank Thomas (29, Santos), Aaron Hill (42, Santos)|
|HR - Adam Lind (9, Santos), Russ Adams (1, Santos)|
|SH - Curtis Thigpen (1)|
|RBI - Alex Rios (80), Lyle Overbay (44), Aaron Hill (73), Adam Lind 2 (33), Russ Adams (2)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|E - Casey Janssen (2, Throwing)|
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Brian Wolfe (H,6)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.27|
|Joe Kennedy (H,2)||0.2||1||1||1||0||1||0||4.89|
|Brandon League (BS,1)||0.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||4.82|
|Jason Frasor (L,1-5)||1.2||3||2||2||0||1||0||4.31|
|IBB - B. Roberts by Brian Tallet|
|HBP - Huff (by Shaun Marcum)|
|WP - Brandon League (3), Jason Frasor (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 89-54, Brian Wolfe 13-11, Joe Kennedy 18-12, Brandon League 10-4, Casey Janssen 12-9, Jeremy Accardo 19-15, Brian Tallet 26-12, Jason Frasor 33-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 6-5, Brian Wolfe 1-0, Brandon League 1-0, Casey Janssen 2-0, Jeremy Accardo 2-1, Brian Tallet 1-2, Jason Frasor 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 23, Brian Wolfe 4, Joe Kennedy 3, Brandon League 3, Casey Janssen 3, Jeremy Accardo 6, Brian Tallet 6, Jason Frasor 8|
|Attendance - 38934|
|Game Time - 4:25|
|Temperature - 59|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Ed Montague|