Blue Jays 7, Orioles 2
TORONTO (AP)—While Josh Towers keeps winning for Toronto, he still doesn’t feel like he’s secured a spot in the Blue Jays’ rotation.
Towers beat his former team to win for the sixth time in seven starts, and the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-2 Saturday to stop a four-game losing streak.
Towers (8-4) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 16-5 in 27 career games with Toronto. The 27-year-old right-hander was 8-10 for Baltimore in 2001, but then went 0-3 on 2002 and was let go. He also has been waived twice by Toronto over the past two years.
“I still, at times, don’t feel like I’m the guy,” Towers said. “I don’t know when that will happen. … I feel like I’ve proven that I belong. I know some of my family and friends feel that I have, but their biased toward me. To the people that count, general manager J.P. Ricciardi, you’d have to ask him that.”
Carlos Delgado went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, 2-4 since John Gibbons replaced the fired Carlos Tosca as manager.
“Josh is a winner,” Gibbons said. “Josh is not a scouts dream because he doesn’t overpower you, but he throws strikes.”
Baltimore, which had won four straight at Toronto, lost for just the second time in 12 games overall. Joe Borkowski (3-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in four innings.
“I never got into rhythm. I never really had it. I just wasn’t that good today,” Borkowski said. “I warmed up good, but I when I got to the mound I started to rush.”
Larry Bigbie’s RBI single out the Orioles ahead in the second, but Frank Catalanotto led off the bottom half with a double and scored on Gabe Gross’ RBI double. Orlando Hudson doubled leading off the third and scored on Delgado’s double for a 2-1 lead.
Brian Roberts chased Towers with an RBI double in the seventh.
Delgado’s 18th homer, a solo shot off Josh Parrish in the bottom half, gave Toronto a 6-2 lead, and Gomez added an RBI single against Buddy Groom.
A streaker interrupted play in the sixth. He did a summersault before being escorted off the field by security. … Toronto LF Gabe Gross robbed David Newhan of a hit with a diving catch in the third. … The Orioles won their previous four games at SkyDome. … Towers is 2-1 in four career starts against Baltimore.