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Seven-run fourth enough for Blue Jays to beat Orioles

Jul 10, 2008 - 4:25 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- If A.J. Burnett tried to impress scouts of contending teams who were looking to pry him away from the Toronto Blue Jays before the trading deadline, he sure didn't succeed on Wednesday.

The righthander nearly blew a large lead against the Baltimore Orioles, but the Blue Jays' seven-run fourth inning was strong enough for them to hold on for a 9-8 victory.

"We're going out there and finding a way to win games, that's the bottom line," Blue Jays shortstop David Eckstein said. "It doesn't matter how it ends up, but the end result is most important and today we were able to find a way to get another victory."

Supported by an offensive explosion against Garrett Olson, Burnett (9-8) was strong in the first five innings, allowing one run and two hits while striking out seven.

However, he crumbled in the sixth.

Melvin Mora and Ramon Hernandez each had run-scoring singles prior to Adam Jones' three-run homer, which capped the rally and cut Baltimore's deficit to one run at 8-7.

"It's quite embarrassing to come out and start like I started, and then get in that kind of situation where I'm not pitching like I'm supposed to pitch and not making my pitches," Burnett said. "It makes you think, 'What's going on?' So I must get back to the drawing boards to figure it out."

In the fourth, Eckstein sparked the Blue Jays with a bases-loaded, two-run double to give them a 4-1 lead. Marco Scutaro followed with a walk and Alex Rios connected on an infield single, which scored two. Vernon Wells added an RBI infield single to give Toronto a 7-1 advantage.

Olson (6-4), who was lifted for Lance Cormier, surrendered seven runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Cormier got Rod Barajas to ground into a fielder's choice, ending the 12-batter hit parade.

Scott Rolen smacked an RBI single in the seventh to score Wells, who suffered a leg cramp prior to the hit that gave Toronto a 9-7 lead. Wells was replaced by Brad Wilkerson in the following inning and is considered day-to-day.

Nick Markakis blasted a solo home run in the ninth off Toronto closer B.J. Ryan, who held on for his 17th save.

"We battled back," Markakis said. "We did a good job, but fell one run short."








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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    BALTIMORE 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 1 8 11 1
    TORONTO 0 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 x 9 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: BAL - GARRETT OLSON, LANCE CORMIER (4TH), FERNANDO CABRERA (6TH),
    GREG AQUINO (8TH) AND RAMON HERNANDEZ
    TOR - A.J. BURNETT, JESSE CARLSON (6TH), SCOTT DOWNS
    (8TH),

    Jul 9 10:10 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK MARKAKIS (14) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF B.J. RYAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 8, TORONTO 9
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.284, 2-FOR-4)

    Orioles 8, Blue Jays 9  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 9 10:07 PM
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    roots
    RUWTbot Added 35 roots (Close Finish)

    Orioles 8, Blue Jays 9  Top 9, 0 OutsJul 9 10:07 PM
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    McTool Added 5 roots

    Orioles 7, Blue Jays 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 9 9:26 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SCOTT ROLEN SCORED VERNON WELLS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S ROLEN ON FIRST, R BARAJAS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7
    TORONTO 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: G ZAUN (.250, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB, RBI)

    Orioles 7, Blue Jays 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 9 9:25 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM JONES (5) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF A.J. BURNETT SCORED MELVIN MORA AND RAMON HERNANDEZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 7, TORONTO 8
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: B FAHEY (.245, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles 7, Blue Jays 8  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 9 9:05 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAMON HERNANDEZ SCORED LUKE SCOTT.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, R HERNANDEZ ON FIRST, M MORA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 4
    TORONTO 8 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A JONES (.279, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 4, Blue Jays 8  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 9 9:02 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED NICK MARKAKIS AND AUBREY HUFF.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M MORA ON FIRST, L SCOTT ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 3
    TORONTO 8 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: R HERNANDEZ (.241, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 3, Blue Jays 8  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 9 8:59 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ADAM LIND SCORED GREGG ZAUN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A LIND ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J MCDONALD (.178, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 9 8:41 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY VERNON WELLS SCORED MARCO SCUTARO.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, V WELLS ON FIRST, A RIOS ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 7 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R BARAJAS (.273, 0-FOR-2)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 7  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 9 8:21 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX RIOS SCORED JOHN MCDONALD AND DAVID
    ECKSTEIN.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, A RIOS ON FIRST, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: V WELLS (.286, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 9 8:20 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID ECKSTEIN SCORED SCOTT ROLEN AND GREGG ZAUN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, D ECKSTEIN ON SECOND, J MCDONALD ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 4 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M SCUTARO (.260, 1-FOR-2)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 9 8:16 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOHN MCDONALD SCORED VERNON WELLS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J MCDONALD ON FIRST, G ZAUN ON SECOND, S
    ROLEN ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 2 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.271, 0-FOR-1, BB)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 2  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 9 8:15 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO GREGG ZAUN SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, G ZAUN ON FIRST, S ROLEN ON SECOND, V WELLS
    ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 1 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A LIND (.210, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 1  Bot 4, 0 OutsJul 9 8:09 PM


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    AT TORONTO - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN MILLAR SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MILLAR ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: BALTIMORE 1
    TORONTO 0 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.260, 0-FOR-1)

    Orioles 1, Blue Jays 0  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 9 7:57 PM