Toronto (65-92) at Baltimore (76-81)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 73° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Sep 30, 2004
  • TV: TSN, WB54
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Rookie right-hander Matt Riley looks to win back-to-back starts for the first time this year as the Baltimore Orioles close out a four-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Camden Yards.

Riley’s season has been anything but smooth, but a strong September just may put the 25-year old southpaw in the Orioles’ plans for next season.

Riley began the year on Baltimore’s starting staff, but inconsistency, injury and according to manager Lee Mazzilli, immaturity, cost him his roster spot on July 2.

Since being recalled Sept. 7, Riley has a 1.82 ERA, giving up just 11 hits and five earned runs in four starts, including six scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over Detroit on Saturday.

“He’s matured,” said Mazzilli. “You see progress in a lot of areas.”

Baltimore is playing out the string with a flourish, winning six of seven after a doubleheader sweep of the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

In the opener, Rafael Palmeiro hit two homers and watched Miguel Tejada break his single-season club record by driving in his AL-leading 143rd run of the season during a 7-6 win in the nightcap.

“That’s awesome, to have it on the same team as me and see him do it,” said Palmeiro, who drove in 142 runs for Baltimore in 1996. “When I did it, it didn’t seem like that many. When he did it, it seemed like a whole ton of RBIs.”

The Blue Jays are ending a disappointing season in poor fashion, losing four of five and 15 of 26 in September.

Vernon Wells homered twice and drove in three runs in the nightcap for Toronto, which had won six straight in Baltimore before getting swept.

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9-9 Record 3-4
5.11 ERA 5.63
51 K 60
26 BB 44
1.50 WHIP 1.63