Toronto (14-12) at Baltimore (17-7)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Baltimore, MD
Temp: 70° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Mon May 2, 2005
  • TV: RSN, CSN
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Miguel Tejada seeks to homer for the fifth straight game and lead the Baltimore Orioles to a ninth straight win when they begin a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Tejada went 4-for-4 with his team-high eighth homer as Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay with a 7-4 victory on Sunday. The shortstop has 12 RBIs over his last six games.

Melvin Mora homered twice and Brian Roberts continued his surge with two hits, two runs and two stolen bases. Roberts is batting .452 (14-for-31) during a seven-game hitting streak.

“It’s crazy. This team is crazy,” Mora said. “We’ve got power hitters. We’ve got speed. Everything.”

Baltimore finished its fourth series sweep of the season—a total it did not reach until July 20 last season. The Orioles have scored 62 runs during their winning streak.

“We came out of camp knowing that we had a pretty good offensive team,” Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. “But how good? You never know until you get into the season.”

Toronto rookie Gustavo Chacin will try to slow down Baltimore’s offense on Monday. Chacin is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in three road starts this season.

In his last start, Chacin allowed two runs and seven hits over 7 2-3 innings in an 8-2 victory over Tampa Bay last Wednesday. He threw 72 of 113 pitches for strikes.

“Gustavo has such good command out there,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “He’s under control, throwing all his pitches for strikes. He’s been outstanding.”

The Blue Jays have won five out of six since getting swept by Baltimore from April 22-24. Toronto captured the rubber game of a their series with the New York Yankees with an 8-6 road victory on Sunday.

Shea Hillenbrand had four hits and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Eric Hinske’s double. Hillenbrand is hitting .542 (13-for-24) over a six-game hitting streak.

“It’s great because we came in here, and the New York media not once talked about what we were doing. It was just, what’s wrong with the Yankees? We don’t care about the Yankees,” Hillenbrand said.

Vernon Wells had a pair of hits to raise his average to .202. Wells hit .191 in April, a month in which he is a career .221 hitter.

“Hopefully, the struggles will end (in May),” Wells said. “I’ll take the good from last month, and hopefully there’ll be a lot more over the next few months.”

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3.72 ERA 4.90
121 K 118
70 BB 63
1.39 WHIP 1.41