Baltimore (56-58) at Toronto (48-68)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Toronto, ON
Temp: 66° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 14, 2004
  • TV: WB54, RSN
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The surging Baltimore Orioles expect to win every time out these days— especially at SkyDome.

The Orioles will try to remain unbeaten at Toronto this season and move closer to .500 as they continue a three-game series with the Blue Jays.

Baltimore has outscored the Blue Jays 27-5 in taking all four meetings at SkyDome this season, including Friday’s series-opening 4-0 triumph.

The Orioles, who entered Friday’s game tied with Anaheim for the best team batting average in the majors (.283), got RBIs from Brian Roberts, David Newhan, Melvin Mora and Javy Lopez in winning for the 10th time in 11 games.

Baltimore has gone 19-10 since the All-Star break to move within two games of .500. The Orioles haven’t been at the break-even mark since June 1, when they were 24-24.

“The last week has been amazing. We come to the park knowing we’re going to win,” said Orioles right-hander Sidney Ponson, who pitched six innings of five-hit ball Friday.

“Everybody is more relaxed. Everyone is having fun.”

Toronto was shut out for an AL-leading 11th time this season, and lost for the fourth straight time and ninth in 10 games.

Carlos Delgado was 0-for-3 for Toronto, ending his eight-game hitting streak.

The Blue Jays are 20 games below .500 for the first time since Aug. 23, 2002. They’re 1-4 since interim manager John Gibbons replaced Carlos Tosca last Sunday.

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