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Lind drives in three as Blue Jays top Orioles

Jul 23, 2008 - 3:41 AM By Rich Dubroff PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Two lesser known Toronto Blue Jays came up big on Tuesday.

Adam Lind had a career-high four hits and John McDonald chipped in with four RBI to lead Toronto over the Baltimore Orioles, 10-8.

Lind's sixth-inning, three-run homer gave the Blue Jays, who had lost 14 of their previous 18 road games, a 9-7 lead. Lind also contributed two singles and a double.

With Toronto trailing 7-6 in the sixth, Lyle Overbay singled with one out against Fernando Cabrera (0-1). Scott Rolen walked and, after Alberto Castillo replaced Cabrera, Lind hit his fifth home run to right field to give the Blue Jays the lead for good.

"I was trying to hit it hard and see it up in the zone over the plate," Lind said.

The four hits all came off left-handed pitchers, and Lind continued his hot hitting since being recalled on June 21 from Triple-A Syracuse.

In the 22 games since his recall, Lind is batting .346. Perhaps not coincidentally, it was a day after Cito Gaston replaced John Gibbons as Toronto manager.

"It was time to make a change after about a year of struggling in the big leagues," Lind said. "When you say Cito Gaston is your manager, even my friends from back home say 'listen to this guy. He knows what he's talking about.'''

Gaston has elevated Lind in the batting order. He batted seventh for the fifth time.

"If he continues to hit, I'll move him up a little bit more," Gaston said.

Lind says that it doesn't matter where he is in the order - as long as he plays.

"I'll play wherever he puts me in the lineup," Lind said.

The two runs were the first off Cabrera in eight appearances this season. The righthander relieved starter Garrett Olson, who allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Jesse Carlson (2-1), who relieved Shaun Marcum, picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Marcum, who was making his first start after missing five weeks with a sore right elbow, allowed seven runs - six earned - in 4 2/3 innings.

"We let them back in the game, and we just couldn't stop them," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "

Shawn Camp pitched a scoreless seventh, Scott Downs a perfect eighth and B.J. Ryan earned his 19th save in dramatic fashion. Ryan allowed a ninth-inning run and loaded the bases with two outs before retiring Ramon Hernandez on a fly out.

The Blue Jays had overcome a 4-0 deficit and taken a 6-4 lead thanks to a five-run, fifth inning, highlighted by Alex Rios' sixth home run and a bases-loaded double by McDonald. McDonald also drove in Toronto's first run in the fourth with a sacrifice fly.

"The way we've been playing, we've kind of been on the edge," McDonald said. "To be able to come back after we were down 4-0, and come back and end up scoring 10 runs is pretty good for our club."

Melvin Mora led the Orioles with four hits and five RBI, including his 15th home run - a two-run shot in the fifth. He has four home runs and 14 RBI in his last six games.

"I see the ball better. I feel good at home plate right now," Mora said. "I like to get RBI. I've been doing that all year long, and I don't know what the surprise is."

Nick Markakis hit a two-run home run in the first off Marcum - his 15th and his fifth in 16 at-bats against Marcum.






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    Blue Jays 10, Orioles 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 22 10:20 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    TORONTO 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 1 0 10 14 1
    BALTIMORE 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 8 12 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: TOR - SHAUN MARCUM, JESSE CARLSON (5TH), SHAWN CAMP (7TH), SCOTT
    DOWNS (8TH), B.J. RYAN (9TH) AND ROD BARAJAS
    BAL - GARRETT OLSON, FERNANDO CABRERA (5TH), ALBERTO


    Jul 22 10:20 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED NICK MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MORA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 10
    BALTIMORE 8 BOTTOM, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.265, 0-FOR-2, 2 BB)

    Blue Jays 10, Orioles 8  Bot 9, 0 OutsJul 22 10:13 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROD BARAJAS SCORED ALEX RIOS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BARAJAS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 10
    BALTIMORE 7 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: L OVERBAY (.274, 1-FOR-3, HBP)

    Blue Jays 10, Orioles 7  Top 8, 0 OutsJul 22 9:42 PM
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    Blue Jays 9, Orioles 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsJul 22 9:20 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY ADAM LIND (5) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF ALBERTO CASTILLO SCORED LYLE OVERBAY AND SCOTT ROLEN.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 9, BALTIMORE 7
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: K MENCH (.235, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Blue Jays 9, Orioles 7  Top 6, 0 OutsJul 22 9:14 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY RAMON HERNANDEZ (11) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 5TH OFF SHAUN MARCUM.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 6, BALTIMORE 7
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: J CASTRO (.000, 0-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays 6, Orioles 7  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:55 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY MELVIN MORA (15) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 0
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF SHAUN MARCUM SCORED AUBREY HUFF.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 6, BALTIMORE 6
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.266, 0-FOR-0, 2 BB)

    Blue Jays 6, Orioles 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:50 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MATT STAIRS SCORED JOHN MCDONALD.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M STAIRS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 6
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: M SCUTARO (.262, 0-FOR-3)

    Blue Jays 6, Orioles 4  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:46 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHN MCDONALD SCORED LYLE OVERBAY, ADAM LIND AND
    KEVIN MENCH.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J MCDONALD ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 5
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.272, 2-FOR-3)

    Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:40 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY ALEX RIOS (6) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN THE
    5TH OFF GARRETT OLSON.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 2, BALTIMORE 4
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: R BARAJAS (.254, 0-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays 2, Orioles 4  Top 5, 0 OutsJul 22 8:28 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOHN MCDONALD SCORED SCOTT ROLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K MENCH ON FIRST, A LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 1
    BALTIMORE 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: D ECKSTEIN (.269, 1-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays 1, Orioles 4  Top 4, 0 OutsJul 22 8:14 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MELVIN MORA SCORED ADAM JONES AND NICK MARKAKIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M MORA ON SECOND, A HUFF ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 0
    BALTIMORE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: L SCOTT (.266, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Blue Jays 0, Orioles 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsJul 22 7:59 PM


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    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY NICK MARKAKIS (15) TO RIGHT WITH 1 OUT
    IN THE 1ST OFF SHAUN MARCUM SCORED ADAM JONES.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 0, BALTIMORE 2
    DUE UP FOR BALTIMORE: A HUFF (.283, 19 HR, 61 RBI)

    Blue Jays 0, Orioles 2  Bot 1, 0 OutsJul 22 7:20 PM