Blue Jays 9, Orioles 7

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BALTIMORE (AP)—Troy Glaus broke out of his lengthy slump in a big way, and his timing couldn’t have been better for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Glaus went 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles and four RBIs, leading Toronto past the Baltimore Orioles 9-7 on Monday night.

Mired in a 6-for-39 skid that dropped his batting average to .259, Glaus hit a solo shot in the second inning and brought the Blue Jays from a 3-2 deficit with a three-run drive in the seventh. It was his second multihomer game of the season and 20th of his career.

“I got a couple of pitches up that I was able to take advantage of. It was just one of those days,” Glaus said. “I was able to find some holes and hit some balls on the barrel. It’s been a while.”

The four hits matched a career high and lifted his batting average 30 points. He also scored four runs, the last on a three-run homer by Lyle Overbay in the ninth.

“He’s just a threat when he stands in the box. That’s what we brought him over for,” said Toronto manager John Gibbons, referring to the December trade that sent Glaus to Toronto from Arizona.

Ted Lilly (3-1) gave up two earned runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Two of his three wins this season have come against the Orioles.

“I threw a lot of strikes, but I had a lot of hiccups,” he said. “I felt satisfied. For the most part, I felt I was aggressive.”

After Miguel Tejada homered in a four-run ninth, former Oriole B.J. Ryan got the final out for his fifth save. He has not given up a run this season in 12 appearances.

Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.

Baltimore starter Erik Bedard allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings. He left with the lead, but LaTroy Hawkins quickly gave it away.

Hawkins (0-1) retired pinch-hitter Frank Catalanotto leading off the seventh, then gave up singles to Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. Glaus then hit a 2-0 pitch over the right-field scoreboard, his eighth homer of the season.

“I can’t dwell on it,” Hawkins said, “because there’s a good chance I’ll be out there again tomorrow.”

The same can’t be said for Jim Brower, who gave up Overbay’s homer and owns a 13.86 ERA. After the game, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said Brower would be designated for assignment on Tuesday.

“We gave him plenty of chances. We really wanted him to be the guy,” Perlozzo said. “But with few exceptions, he didn’t pitch how we saw him in the spring. His command wasn’t there and he left his pitches up.”

Baltimore will also option reliever Eddy Rodriguez to Triple-A Ottawa on Tuesday and recall pitchers Kurt Birkins and Julio Manon from the same club, Perlozzo said.

Shea Hillenbrand’s third hit, an RBI single, made it 6-3 in the ninth before Overbay connected off Brower.

“It was a good team effort,” Glaus said. “We were able to stay in the ball game and battle back. It was great to see.”

The Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the first. After a walk, an error and an infield hit loaded the bases with one out, Hernandez and Jeff Conine hit RBI singles.

Glaus led off the second with a homer, but Hernandez made it 3-1 in the third by driving an 0-1 pitch deep into the left-field seats.

Toronto got runners at second and third in the fifth before Bedard struck out Wells.

In the sixth, Glaus hit a leadoff double and scored on a single by Hillenbrand. A single by Aaron Hill put runners at the corners with two outs before Bedard finished up by retiring John McDonald on a soft liner to second on his 105th pitch.

“If Erik were at 80 or 90 pitches, he would have stayed in,” Perlozzo said. “But he’s one of the guys who is going to carry us throughout the year, and there’s no use in stretching him out to the point where he doesn’t belong.”

Notes

Wells went 1-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He has failed to get a hit in only one game this season, April 18 against the New York Yankees. … Tejada, who is nursing a hyperextended left knee, played DH for a second straight game. … The Orioles are 1-7 with seven straight losses against left-handed starters. .. Lilly is 5-1 lifetime vs. Baltimore.

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