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Hernandez's first major league homer sends Orioles to win

Sep 28, 2007 - 3:31 AM By Rich Dubroff PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BALTIMORE (Ticker) - Luis Hernandez hit the go-ahead two-run homer - his first career home run - in the sixth inning, sparking the Baltimore Orioles to an 8-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

Playing in his 28th career game, Hernandez hit a 1-1 pitch into the left field stands off Blue Jay reliever Brian Tallet (2-4) to give Baltimore a 6-5 lead. It was his first home run at any level this season.

"I just tried swinging to hit the ball hard," Hernandez said. "It was awesome. I hit the ball (pretty well), and it went out, but I never thought the ball would go that far."

Toronto led, 5-4, entering the sixth. Josh Banks, who was making the first major league start in his hometown, allowed a one-out single to Jay Payton before being lifted for Tallet. The reliever was able to retire pinch hitter J.R. House before surrendering Hernandez's critical shot.

"It seemed to change the momentum," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We've seen just about everything the last 35 or 40 games - so it's nice to get something favorable."

Baltimore has won just 10 of its past 36 games since its awful 30-3 loss on August 22. Banks was excited, pitching in front of several hundred friends and lots of loud family members.

"First start - it was all right," Banks said. "All I can do is build off it. You've got to try and keep the game as close as you can."

"(Banks) is a very composed kid," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He handled himself very well out there."

Corey Bradford relieved Jim Hoey (3-4) and bridged the one-out gap to Jamie Walker, who pitched the final two innings for his seventh save of the year in 13 opportunities.

Payton, who had three hits, slammed a two-run home run in the second - his sixth of the year and first since August 22 - for a 2-0 first-inning lead. The Orioles took a 4-0 lead in the fourth on a single by Tejada, a double by Aubrey Huff, a sacrifice fly by Melvin Mora and a single by Payton.

The Blue Jays did not get a runner past first base until the fifth inning off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had not started since September 9 due to a strained left oblique, when they batted around and closed to 4-3.

The righthander surrendered runs on three consecutive at-bats before being lifted at the end of the inning.

Aaron Hill, who greeted Hoey with a double to open the sixth inning, later scored when Payton - anticipating a play at the plate on Hill - dropped a sinking liner to left by John-Ford Griffin. Payton was given an error and Griffin was credited with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4.

Griffin took second on a single by Ray Olmedo, moved up on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TORONTO 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 5 9 0
    BALTIMORE 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 x 8 13 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TOR - JOSH BANKS, BRIAN TALLET (6TH), BRIAN WOLFE (7TH), JOE KENNEDY
    (8TH) AND CURTIS THIGPEN
    BAL - JEREMY GUTHRIE, JAMES HOEY (6TH), CHAD BRADFORD
    (7TH), JAMIE WA

    Sep 27 9:49 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY J.R. HOUSE (2) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    8TH OFF BRIAN WOLFE.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 5, BALTIMORE 8
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L HERNANDEZ (.311, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 9:37 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MIGUEL TEJADA SCORED TIKE REDMAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 5
    BALTIMORE 7 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.279, 2-FOR-3)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 9:24 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY LUIS HERNANDEZ (1) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 6TH OFF BRIAN TALLET SCORED JAY PAYTON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 5, BALTIMORE 6
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B ROBERTS (.291, 0-FOR-3)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 9:02 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    WILD PITCH BY JAMES HOEY ALLOWED JOHN-FORD GRIFFIN TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R OLMEDO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 5
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R ADAMS (.236, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 8:48 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    FIELDER'S CHOICE BY RAY OLMEDO SCORED JOHN-FORD GRIFFIN.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R OLMEDO ON FIRST, C THIGPEN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 3
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R ADAMS (.236, 0-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 8:22 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CURTIS THIGPEN SCORED ADAM LIND.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, C THIGPEN ON FIRST, J GRIFFIN ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 2
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R OLMEDO (.209, 1-FOR-1)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 8:18 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHN-FORD GRIFFIN SCORED AARON HILL.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GRIFFIN ON SECOND, A LIND ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 1
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: C THIGPEN (.228, 0-FOR-1)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 8:16 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JAY PAYTON SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J PAYTON ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 0
    BALTIMORE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: P BAKO (.206, 1-FOR-1)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 7:57 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY MELVIN MORA SCORED MIGUEL TEJADA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A HUFF ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 0
    BALTIMORE 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J PAYTON (.252, 1-FOR-1, HR, 2 RBI)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 7:56 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JAY PAYTON (6) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JOSH BANKS SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 0, BALTIMORE 2
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: P BAKO (.201, 1 HR, 8 RBI)

    Blue Jays vs. OriolesSep 27 7:32 PM