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TORONTO (AP)—Larry Bigbie made sure the Blue Jays matched their worst start in club history.

Bigbie hit a go-ahead home run in the ninth inning Saturday, leading the Baltimore Orioles over the Blue Jays 5-3 for their third straight win.

Toronto fell to 0-5 at home and 3-8 overall. The Blue Jays also started the 1978 and 1981 seasons 3-8.

“This stinks,” Toronto starter Josh Towers said. “To be 0-5 at home and sitting on three wins in the first 11 games of the season is terrible.”

Bigbie, who homered off Justin Speier (1-1) leading off the ninth, thinks the Blue Jays aren’t this bad.

“They are definitely better than 3-8,” Bigbie said. “They have some guys that are off to a slow start. You know Carlos Delgado is not going to hit .130 this year.”

Delgado went 0-for-3, dropping his average to .128. He had a chance to put Toronto ahead in the eighth, but he struck out on three pitches with runners on first and second, ending the inning.

Toronto has just eight hits in its last two games.

“Carlos is a big key to our offense. He can carry us by himself and he will carry us,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “Right now he’s in a bit of a rough spot, but there’s no doubt in my mind he’ll come out of it. He’s the main force that drives our offense.”

B.J. Ryan (1-0) pitched the eighth, and Jorge Julio completed the six-hitter for his first save.

After Bigbie homered, Brian Roberts followed with a double and scored on a single by Miguel Tejada.

Baltimore starter Kurt Ainsworth allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings, struck out seven and walked none.

Ainsworth hadn’t pitched since giving up seven runs in just 1 2-3 innings on April 7.

“It was tough to sit on a bad outing for 10 days,” Ainsworth said. “But I’m pretty mentally strong. I just wanted to come in today and pitch the same way. If I got the breaks that I got today, you never know what would have happened in my last start.”

Towers, who hadn’t pitched since spring training, gave up three runs and eight hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Melvin Mora put Baltimore ahead in the third with a two-run double, but Frank Catalanotto hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half and Vernon Wells homered in the fourth.

Tejada hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Catalanotto retied it with an RBIgrounder in the bottom half.


The Blue Jays hoped Towers would throw 50-60 pitches. He threw 83 pitches, 63 for strikes. … Toronto RHP Pat Hentgen is to pitch against hisformer team on Sunday. Towers also pitched for the Orioles.

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