Lilly lost two straight starts after tossing a shutout against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 23 before bouncing back to win at Anaheim on Thursday. The left-hander pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits in the 5-4 victory.
He will be trying to win a second straight game for the first time since he won consecutive starts over Texas, Seattle and Los Angeles from May 28-June 8.
Lilly hopes to have the kind of outing Orioles left-hander Bruce Chen had against the Blue Jays on Monday night.
One game after Baltimore used a major league-record 10 pitchers in a nine-inning game—a 9-7 loss to the New York Yankees—Chen worked his first complete game to win for the first time in more than two years, 9-1.
“The bullpen needed a rest. He probably would have pitched 12 innings,” Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said.
Pitching for his sixth team in three seasons, Chen allowed five hits and a run for his first win since April 21, 2002. He struck out five and walked none after Orioles pitchers issued 14 walks to the Yankees on Sunday.
“I just wanted to win. It’s my first win in such a long time. To give this team a complete game, especially after we used 10 pitchers yesterday, it was huge for us,” Chen said.
Toronto starter Justin Miller, pitching a day after his grandfather died, got two outs in the first before allowing seven straight batters to reach.
Vernon Wells drove in the lone run with a triple for the last-place Jays, who fell to a season-worst 26 games below .500.
“Chen kept us off-balance all night,” Blue Jays interim manager John Gibbons said.
STANDINGS (through Sept. 13): Orioles - 3rd place, 23 GB, AL East. Blue Jays - 5th place, 31 GB, AL East.
ORIOLES PROBABLE STARTER: Matt Riley (1-3, 7.19 ERA). Riley was recalled from the minors Sept. 6 and pitched well in his first major league start since early July. The left-hander went seven innings, allowing just two hits and one earned run, but didn’t get a decision in the Orioles’ 3-1 loss to Minnesota last Tuesday. His only win in 2004 came against the Jays on April 16, when he went seven innings and allowed one hit and one run in an 11-2 victory.
BLUE JAYS PROBABLE STARTER: Lilly (10-10, 4.09 ERA). The left-hander has already pitched 178 1/3 innings to match his career high with Oakland in 2003, and needs two wins to match his career high, also set last season. Lilly walked only one against the Angels on Thursday, his lowest total since June 8. He is 1-0 with a 5.19 ERA in six career appearances against the Orioles, including four starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Orioles - Melvin Mora, .345 avg. and 99 runs; Tejada, 27 HRs and 126 RBIs; Brian Roberts, 26 SBs. Blue Jays - Reed Johnson, .274 avg.; Carlos Delgado, 29 HRs and 86 RBIs; Delgado, Orlando Hudson and Wells, 66 runs; Alexis Rios and Eric Hinske, 10 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Orioles, 7-6.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Orioles - Baltimore placed 1B David Segui on the 15-day disabled list Monday with recurring inflammation in his surgically repaired left knee. … 1B Palmeiro is 3-for-10 (.300) with one HR and three RBIs against Lilly. … SS Tejada has just one HR in his last 12 games. Blue Jays - With 18 games remaining, 1B Delgado needs 14 RBIs to reach 100 for the seventh straight season and extend the team record he set last season. … The teams had Tuesday night off because Toronto didn’t want to play on the same night as the final of the World Cup of Hockey between Canada and Finland. … OF Frank Catalanotto agreed Monday to a $5.4 million, two-year contract extension through 2006. Catalanotto, 30, is a career .296 hitter with 55 homers and 297 RBIs in 714 games.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Orioles - 35-37 on the road; Blue Jays - 35-38 at home.
INJURIES: Orioles - OF Jerry Hairston Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL; OF Marty Cordova (knee), 60-day DL; CF Luis Matos (shin), 60-day DL; LHP Omar Daal (shoulder), 60-day DL; LHP Eric DuBose (shoulder), 60-day DL. Blue Jays - OF Catalanotto (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Roy Halladay (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Valerio De Los Santos (shoulder), 60-day DL; C Bobby Estalella (ankle), 60-day DL; C Greg Myers (ankle), 60-day DL.