The Blue Jays have won two straight and seven of their last 10 games. Toronto has been getting some quality pitching from its starting rotation, including some of its lesser known starters.
Right-hander Josh Towers is 5-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 10 appearances with the Blue Jays, including four starts. Towers is 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA in his four starts.
Towers came up with Baltimore in 2001 and had some success early before finishing with an 8-10 record. The 26-year-old was terrible last season, going 0-3 with a 7.90 ERA in five appearances before getting demoted to the minor leagues.
Towers is hoping to build on his last outing, when he pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five to earn an 8-0 win over Detroit on Sunday.
He’ll also try to follow the stellar outing by Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, who became the first 20-game winner in the majors this season as he pitched a five-hitter in a 3-1 win against Tampa Bay on Thursday.
Greg Myers homered for the Blue Jays, who are 40-35 on the road. Toronto is the majors only team with a winning road mark and a losing record (34-37) at home.
The Orioles lost two of three games against Boston at Camden Yards. Pedro Martinez held Baltimore to three hits in over eight innings as the Red Sox handed Baltimore a 5-0 loss on Wednesday.
STANDINGS: Orioles - 4th place, 22 1/2 GB, AL East. Blue Jays - 3rd place, 15 GB, AL East.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Eric DuBose (2-4, 3.72 ERA). DuBose was brilliant on Saturday, allowing one run, six hits and striking out six in eight innings to earn a 3-1 victory over Seattle. The left-hander has given up only three earned runs over his last two starts, a span of 16 innings.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Towers (5-1, 4.85 ERA). The right-hander went 8-13 in 29 career appearances for Baltimore in 2001-02. Towers is 4-0 with a save and a 4.13 ERA over his last six appearances for Toronto, four of them starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Melvin Mora, .319 avg.; Tony Batista, 24 HRs; Jay Gibbons, 93 RBIs and 73 runs; Brian Roberts, 21 SBs. Blue Jays - Vernon Wells, .320 avg. and 106 runs; Carlos Delgado, 35 HRs and 126 RBIs; Eric Hinske, 8 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Blue Jays, 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - Baltimore has been shut out 12 times this season. … RHP Jorge Julio is 0-3 with an 8.17 ERA over his last 16 appearances. … OF Gibbons needs seven RBIs for his first 100-RBI season. He had 105 career RBIs in heading into this year. Blue Jays - 1B Delgado leads the AL with 126 RBIs. He’s 11 RBIs shy of his career high of 137 set back in 2000. … OF Wells leads the AL with 197 hits. … RF Reed Johnson has a career-high nine-game hitting streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 28-43 on the road; Blue Jays - 34-37 at home.
INJURIES: Orioles - 1B David Segui (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Kurt Ainsworth (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; LHP Erik Bedard (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Erickson (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Willis Roberts (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (elbow), 60-day DL; 2B Roberts, (ankle), day-to-day. Blue Jays - LHP Doug Creek (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Bob File (shoulder), 60-day DL.