Baltimore (66-77) at Toronto (60-85)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Toronto, ON
Temp: 34° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 16, 2004
  • TV: WB54, TSN
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Rodrigo Lopez will try to make it three wins in as many starts when he leads the Baltimore Orioles against the Toronto Blue Jays in the finale of their three-game series.

The 28-year-old right-hander has done a nice job over the last two months, posting a 3.12 ERA in his last seven starts. He’s won four of his last five starts overall, including back-to-back wins over the AL-leading New York Yankees.

However, Lopez has not fared well against Toronto in his career, going 0-4 with an 8.15 ERA in eight appearances, including seven starts.

The Orioles struggled against Blue Jays starter Ted Lilly on Wednesday, managing eight hits and leaving 11 on base in a 3-0 loss.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get anything going,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “Sometimes when you have chances, you don’t take advantage.”

Lilly, who was sharp over eight, has won consecutive decisions for the first time since June 8. The All-Star left-hander allowed six hits, while striking out six and walking two, as Toronto earned its 10th shutout of the season.

“It was a fun game. I got to see some good defense and I made some pitches when I had to,” Lilly said.

Toronto right fielder Alex Rios prevented the tying run from scoring in the seventh by throwing out Rafael Palmeiro at the plate.

“If they want to keep running I’ll get more assists,” said Rios, who leads the team with 10 assists.

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Starting Pitchers

R. Lopez PHI vs. M. Batista COL
14-9 Record 10-13
3.59 ERA 4.80
121 K 104
54 BB 96
1.28 WHIP 1.52