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Jones, Orioles rally in eighth, defeat Blue Jays

Jun 7, 2008 - 4:00 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Adam Jones blasted a two-run homer in the eighth inning to cap a six-run rally as the Baltimore Orioles recorded a 6-5 comeback victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

Melvin Mora also hit a two-run shot and Kevin Millar added a solo homer in the decisive eighth while Nick Markakis collected four hits for the Orioles, who have now won four of their last five contests.

"We've had our struggles on the road so to come off a win, two out of three in Minnesota, then come here and win the first one, especially in the manner that we won it tonight, I think speaks highly for what the guys are doing as a team," Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said.

With Baltimore trailing, 4-0, entering the eighth, Brian Roberts started the rally with a leadoff double off Shaun Marcum, chasing the Blue Jays starter from the game. Baltimore then feasted on Toronto's bullpen, blasting three home runs off relievers Brian Tallet and Armando Benitez (0-1).

"When you come into the game, you come in to do the job," Benitez said. "I feel bad because Marcum did a good job."

After Markakis' RBI single, Mora cut the deficit to 4-3 with his 10th home run of the season. After a pitching change one batter later, Millar tied the game with his 11th blast.

"(When) Kevin Millar hit the home run and to tie the game, I was more excited than when I hit the homer because I know we can come back," Mora said.

Luke Scott then drew a walk and Jones sent Benitez's 0-1 offering over the left-center field wall to give the Orioles a 6-4 edge.

Dennis Sarfate (3-1) was the beneficiary of the rally, picking up the win after retiring the final batter in the seventh.

Toronto got a run back in the bottom of the frame on Matt Stairs' RBI groundout, but Baltimore closer George Sherrill worked around a walk in the ninth for his 21st save of the campaign.

"If we get beat 7-0, I don't know if it makes it better or not," Blue Jays third baseman Scott Rolen said of the manner in which they lost. "It all counts on the same column."

Marcum pitched seven-plus innings, allowing one run and seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Rod Barajas and Brad Wilkerson delivered back-to-back RBI singles in the second for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and five of their last six contests.

Kevin Mench drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third and David Eckstein did the same in the eighth to provide Toronto with a 4-0 lead.

Orioles starter Brian Burres surrendered three runs and five hits with three walks and a strikeout over 4 1/3 frames.








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 6 12 0
    TORONTO 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 5 10 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - BRIAN BURRES, LANCE CORMIER (5TH), DENNIS SARFATE (7TH), CHAD
    BRADFORD (8TH), GEORGE SHERRILL (9TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ
    TOR - SHAUN MARCUM, BRIAN TALLET (8TH)

    Jun 6 10:25 PM
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    RUWTbot Added 48 roots (Close Finish)

    Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5  Top 9, 0 OutsJun 6 10:00 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY MATT STAIRS SCORED ROD BARAJAS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B WILKERSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6
    TORONTO 5 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S STEWART (.243, 0-FOR-4)

    Orioles 6, Blue Jays 5  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 6 9:57 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM JONES (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF ARMANDO BENITEZ SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 6, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: R HERNANDEZ (.222, 0-FOR-3)

    Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 6 9:44 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KEVIN MILLAR (11) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF ARMANDO BENITEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.263, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Orioles 4, Blue Jays 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 6 9:41 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MELVIN MORA (10) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT
    IN THE 8TH OFF BRIAN TALLET SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3, TORONTO 4
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.247, 1-FOR-3)

    Orioles 3, Blue Jays 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 6 9:35 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NICK MARKAKIS SCORED BRIAN ROBERTS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N MARKAKIS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 4 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: M MORA (.240, 0-FOR-3)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 4  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 6 9:33 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED LYLE OVERBAY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BARAJAS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: S STEWART (.244, 0-FOR-3)

    Orioles 0, Blue Jays 4  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 6 9:11 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY KEVIN MENCH SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S ROLEN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TORONTO 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.278, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Orioles 0, Blue Jays 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsJun 6 8:12 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRAD WILKERSON SCORED LYLE OVERBAY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, B WILKERSON ON FIRST, R BARAJAS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.265, 1 HR, 16 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Blue Jays 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 6 7:48 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROD BARAJAS SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BARAJAS ON FIRST, L OVERBAY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 0
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: B WILKERSON (.237, 2 HR, 17 RBI)

    Orioles 0, Blue Jays 1  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 6 7:47 PM