Orioles 8, Blue Jays 5
BALTIMORE (AP)—Just another win? Not when a team makes up a five-run deficit by scoring eight runs with two outs in the eighth inning.
When that happens, such a victory is celebrated, treasured and, perhaps, never forgotten.
Baltimore will never be picky about a win over Toronto, a team that won 29 of the previous 38 games between the clubs. This one, however, was one to savor.
“Anytime you win a game like this today, it has a special place,” Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. “The sad thing is, we can’t dwell on it because we’ve got to do this tomorrow. But sure, a lot of us will remember this for a long time.”
Down 5-0 in the eighth, the Orioles got seven hits, two walks and sent 12 players to the plate in the inning. And, incredibly, all eight runs came with two outs.
“It’s great to come back, but you can’t expect any team to score eight runs in one inning—especially with two outs,” Fordyce said. “We did, and maybe this will get us over the hump.”
Luis Matos had three hits for the Orioles, who have won three straight after a five-game skid.
Toronto’s Kelvim Escobar took a 5-0 lead into the eighth, but finally tired on a humid day in which temperatures reached 97 degrees. The right-hander allowed a two-out, two-run single to Jeff Conine and a single to Jay Gibbons before being replaced by Aquilino Lopez (1-2), who yielded an RBI double to Tony Batista.
B.J. Surhoff then tied the game with a double to right-center. After Deivi Cruz walked on four pitches, Fordyce, who started the inning with a groundout, doubled into the gap in right-center to make it 7-5.
“It was out over the plate. I was just looking for a pitch I could handle and hit hard,” Fordyce said. “Things worked out for me.”
Brian Roberts capped the uprising with an RBI single.
Carlos Delgado picked up his league-leading 92nd RBI for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of seven.
“It’s tough when you think you’ve got it under control and they come up with, what, eight runs in one inning? It’s baseball and it happens,” Toronto outfielder Reed Johnson said. “But it always seems to happen when you’re struggling.”
Limited to two hits over the first five innings by Rick Helling, the Blue Jays broke up a scoreless duel while batting around in the sixth. Frank Catalanotto and Vernon Wells hit one-out singles before Delgado ripped a 3-2 pitch off the scoreboard in right field for a lengthy RBI single.
After Helling walked Tom Wilson on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases, Driskill came in. After taking a strike, Hinske drove the second pitch deep into the right-field bleachers.
It was the second homer in two games for Hinske, who hit just two in his first 51 games before Thursday. He hit 24 last year before being voted AL rookie of the year.
The slam was his first in 753 at-bats.
But the lead didn’t last.
Asked if this was the worst of the Blue Jays’ 40 losses this year, managerCarlos Tosca replied, “It’s right up there with them.”
Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson left the game with a mild groin strain. … Surhoff extended his hitting streak to a season-high 12 games. He has at least one hit in 21 of 25 games since coming off the disabled list on May 28. … Toronto has outhomered its opponents 60-43 on the road. … Driskill’s win was the first by a Baltimore reliever since Driskill won on May 25. … Hinske’sslam was the Blue Jays’ fourth of the season.