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TORONTO (AP)—Matt Riley pitched well after taking a ball off his face— just not well enough to win.

Riley took a one-hopper off his jaw and collapsed after his second pitch of the game in Baltimore’s 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

Riley laid on the mound for a few minutes, but stayed in the game, allowing two hits and seven walks in seven innings.

“It kind of shocked me when it hit me. It jarred my brain,” Riley said. “It just took me a couple of pitches afterward to gather everything together and get back on track.”

Toronto’s Reed Johnson led off the first with a sharp grounder that bounced off the jaw of Riley, who went down in a heap. Johnson reached on the single.

Riley recovered, but issued two walks and threw a wild pitch before the inning was over. After play resumed, Chris Woodward walked and Vernon Wells grounded into a double play. Riley (1-4) then walked Carlos Delgado before a wild pitch allowed Johnson to score from third.

“You have to shake something like that off,” Riley said. “We’re out there playing a game and my teams needs me.”

Ted Lilly pitched eight sharp innings and the Blue Jays ended a four-game losing skid. Justin Speier pitched the ninth for his sixth save, completing Toronto’s 10th shutout of the season.

Lilly (11-10) won consecutive decisions for the first time since June 8. The All-Star left-hander allowed six hits, while striking out six and walking two.

“It was a fun game. I got to see some good defense and I made some pitches when I had to,” Lilly said.

Toronto right fielder Alex Rios prevented the tying run from scoring in the seventh by throwing out a sliding Rafael Palmeiro at the plate. Palmeiro doubled and Jose Leon followed with what looked to be a tying single to right, but Rios threw a strike to catcher Gregg Zaun, who blocked the plate.

“If they want to keep running I’ll get more assists,” said Rios, who leads the team with 10 assists.

The Orioles put runners on first and third with one out in the eighth, but Lilly escaped the jam by striking out pinch-hitter B.J. Surhoff and getting Melvin Mora to ground out.

Carlos Delgado’s RBI single and third baseman Mora’s throwing error gave Toronto a 3-0 lead in the eighth.


Riley’s seven walks tied a career high … Toronto ace Roy Halladay will pitch on the side on Thursday. If all goes well, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will start Sept. 21 against the New York Yankees. Halladay has been on the DL since July 20 because of a strained muscle in his right shoulder. He was also on the disabled list from May 28-June 12 with a sore shoulder.

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