Toronto at Baltimore

W: S. Marcum (2-0) L: S. Trachsel (1-2)
HR: TOR - A. Hill (2)   BAL - N. Markakis (2), A. Jones (1), M. Mora (3)

Blue Jays 11, Orioles 3 wire reports

BALTIMORE -- His fastball wasn't working, so Steve Trachsel tried to slip a curveball past Aaron Hill.

Hill drove the pitch into the left-field seats for a three-run homer, the key blow in a 16-hit outburst that provided the Toronto Blue Jays with an 11-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

Hill's second home run of the season gave Toronto a 5-0 lead in the third inning. Three batters later, Trachsel was headed to the dugout.

"No fastball command. I was pitching behind from the very beginning," said Trachsel, who hit David Eckstein with a pitch to open the game.

Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit. Alex Rios and Matt Stairs each had two RBI, and Eckstein finished with three hits and scored three runs as Toronto reached season highs in runs and hits.

"It was a great day. We did everything," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "We pitched pretty well and we hit. We had some good at-bats. Tonight, we had a little bit of everything."

Shaun Marcum (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked three, struck out four and lowered his career ERA against Baltimore to 6.39 over seven appearances.

The victory gave Toronto a split of the two-game series and a 4-1 record on a swing through Texas and Baltimore.

"It was a good road trip," Hill said. "Traditionally, we haven't done well against Texas and the road trip that followed. (The Orioles) have been playing well, so it was good to walk out of here with a win."

Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Melvin Mora homered for the Orioles, who have lost five of seven following a 6-1 start. It was Jones' first home run with Baltimore since joining the team in the February trade that sent Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners.

To honor Jackie Robinson, Jones wore No. 42 and Toronto's Vernon Wells and Frank Thomas also donned the number worn by the player who broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.

Trachsel (1-2) gave up five runs, five hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings, a performance that lifted his ERA from 3.00 to 5.65. He retired only five of 14 batters; the other two outs occurred on attempted steals.

"Most of his pitches were up and over the plate. Pitched behind," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "Just wasn't his night. I think it's that simple."

Four of the five hits Trachsel allowed were singles. The exception was Hill's shot to left.

"Obviously, the ball that Hill hit, the home run, that's a big hit for them," Trembley said. "It opened up the game."

Trachsel was 6-0 with a 3.12 ERA in seven lifetime against the Blue Jays, but this one was a definite dud.

"It was the first time we've broken through on him," Gibbons said. "It was big. He's had our number, but tonight we got to him. Maybe it's the start of something."

Markakis homered in the bottom of the third to make it 5-1, but Rios hit an RBI single in the fourth and Toronto got run-scoring singles from Wells, Thomas and Stairs in the sixth for a 9-2 lead.

After Mora hit his team-high third homer in the eighth off Jesse Carlson, Toronto answered with two runs in the ninth against Dennis Sarfate.


Markakis is 5-for-13 with four homers against Marcum. ... Jones went 4-for-5 with three walks in the series. ... Toronto starters are 7-2, an AL-best .778 winning percentage.

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Players of the Game

D. Eckstein
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0

N. Markakis
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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David Eckstein, SS4331000 .288
Aaron Hill, 2B3123011 .340
   a- Joe Inglett, PH-LF2010000 .462
Alex Rios, RF5222112 .300
Vernon Wells, CF4121101 .345
Frank Thomas, DH4011102 .196
Matt Stairs, LF3012000 .294
    John McDonald, 2B1000000 .167
Lyle Overbay, 1B4110122 .275
Gregg Zaun, C3111205 .237
Marco Scutaro, 3B5220002 .189
a-grounded out for Hill in the 7th
2B - Lyle Overbay (2, Sarfate), Gregg Zaun (2, Sarfate), Marco Scutaro (1, Aquino)
HR - Aaron Hill (2, Trachsel)
SF - Matt Stairs (1)
SH - David Eckstein (2)
RBI - David Eckstein (7), Aaron Hill 3 (12), Alex Rios 2 (9), Vernon Wells (14), Frank Thomas (11), Matt Stairs 2 (3), Gregg Zaun (3)
2-OUT RBI - David Eckstein (3)
SB - David Eckstein (1, 2nd base off Trachsel/Hernandez)
CS - Alex Rios (2, 2nd base by Trachsel/Hernandez), Gregg Zaun (1, 3rd base by Trachsel/Hernandez)
Team LOB - 10
Toronto Blue Jays
Shaun Marcum (W,2-0) 6.2422342 2.61
Jesse Carlson 1211011 2.45
Brian Wolfe 1.1000000 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 103-61, Jesse Carlson 16-12, Brian Wolfe 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 11-5, Brian Wolfe 1-3
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 27, Jesse Carlson 5, Brian Wolfe 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B3000111 .308
Melvin Mora, 3B4111011 .255
Nick Markakis, RF4121010 .326
Kevin Millar, 1B4000002 .231
Luke Scott, DH4020001 .386
Jay Payton, LF4000023 .174
Ramon Hernandez, C3000001 .167
    Guillermo Quiroz, C1000000 .222
Adam Jones, CF2111200 .279
Luis Hernandez, SS4000003 .222
2B - Luke Scott (7, Marcum)
HR - Melvin Mora (3, Carlson), Nick Markakis (2, Marcum), Adam Jones (1, Marcum)
RBI - Melvin Mora (6), Nick Markakis (5), Adam Jones (3)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Markakis (2)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Nick Markakis 1
PB - Ramon Hernandez (1), Guillermo Quiroz (1)
Baltimore Orioles
Steve Trachsel (L,1-2) 2.1555311 5.65
Greg Aquino 3544310 12.00
Randor Bierd 2.2200010 0.00
Dennis Sarfate 1422010 7.94
HBP - Eckstein (by Steve Trachsel), Hill (by Greg Aquino)
Pitches-Strikes - Steve Trachsel 67-34, Greg Aquino 65-33, Randor Bierd 38-24, Dennis Sarfate 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Steve Trachsel 1-3, Greg Aquino 3-4, Randor Bierd 3-4
Batters Faced - Steve Trachsel 14, Greg Aquino 17, Randor Bierd 10, Dennis Sarfate 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15017
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Brian Knight