Toronto slipped two games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East after Tuesday’s 6-4 loss, but hopes to bounce back with one of its two aces on the mound.
In his last start, Lidle earned his 10th win of the year, allowing just one run and three hits over seven innings in an 8-4 win at Montreal on Friday.
“It feels really good. Probably half of (my victories) are due to our hitters,” said Lidle.
Toronto has scored 105 runs in Lidle’s 16 outings, an average of 6.56 per start. Halladay won his 11th straight start earlier this week, giving Toronto the winningest 1-2 punch of any rotation in the majors.
Baltimore counters with Sidney Ponson, who is hoping to regain his winning touch.
The Orioles’ ace lost for only the second time since April 22 on Friday, serving up a grand slam to Robert Fick as the Orioles suffered a 6-3 setback to Atlanta.
Ponson, who had gone 8-1 over his previous nine starts, walked five during his five-inning stint and didn’t strike out anyone.
“He didn’t have command of his pitches,” Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. “He usually has been able to throw the slider when he has to, but not (Friday).”
Jay Gibbons added a go-ahead, two-run double for Baltimore, which had lost 12 of its previous 13 games against Toronto.
STANDINGS: Orioles - 4th place, 10 1/2 GB, AL East. Blue Jays - 2nd place (tied), 2 GB, AL East.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Ponson (9-4, 3.93 ERA). The right-hander is 3-6 with a 4.54 ERA in 10 career starts against the Blue Jays.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Lidle (10-4, 4.82 ERA). Lidle is 2-2 with a 3.53 ERA in eight career appearances, including four starts, against Baltimore.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Melvin Mora, .361 avg. and 44 runs; Gibbons, 13 HRs and 52 RBIs; Jerry Hairston Jr., 14 SBs. Blue Jays - Carlos Delgado, .311 avg., 23 HRs, 81 RBIs and 63 runs; Orlando Hudson, 4 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 3-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - OF Mora, the AL’s leading hitter, missed his fourth straight game Tuesday after being hit by a pitch on his right hand Friday. Hargrove said Mora would return Wednesday. … Right-handed batters are hitting .223 against RHP Ponson this season. … 3B Batista is hitting .500 (7-for-14) against RHP Lidle in his career. Blue Jays - The Blue Jays went 15-4 against the Orioles last season. … RHP Lidle has allowed 10 home runs this season, nine at SkyDome. … 1B Delgado hit his AL-leading 23rd homer in Tuesday’s defeat. He leads the majors with 81 RBIs—the most ever by a Toronto player before the All-Star break.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 17-21 on the road; Blue Jays - 20-16 at home.
INJURIES: Orioles - OF Mora (hand), day-to-day; INF Hairston (leg), 15-day DL; OF Larry Bigbie (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Albert Belle (hip), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL. Blue Jays - INF Eric Hinske (hand), 15-day DL; RHP Pete Walker (knee), 15-day DL; LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL