Baltimore (10-7) at Toronto (9-9)

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  • Game info: 1:07 pm EDT Sat Apr 23, 2005
  • TV: WJZ, RSN
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The Baltimore Orioles broke out of their offensive slump in impressive fashion Friday night.

They will try to stay hot at the plate when they resume their weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.

The Orioles were beaten 8-0 on Wednesday and 1-0 on Thursday in their two-game series with Boston. However, they responded with 17 hits in the series opener with Toronto, posting a season high for runs in a 13-5 win.

“Our team is capable of doing that. You give us a little leeway, we’ll take a lot,” Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. “Today was pretty impressive.”

Jay Gibbons homered and drove in five runs, including a broken-bat RBI single in the second inning that ended Baltimore’s 22-inning scoreless streak.

“We were bound to break out,” Gibbons said.

Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles, who scored six runs in the eighth inning to erase a one-run deficit.

“It was tough to hold that team down, they’re so balanced and so powerful. You’re always living on the edge with a one-run lead,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “I don’t know what to tell you. It got away, and it got away in a hurry.”

The Orioles have scored at least seven runs in nine of their 17 games.

Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and five of six to fall to .500. Gregg Zaun drove in two runs with a double during Toronto’s four-run third inning.

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