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Richmond nabs first win as Blue Jays top Orioles

Sep 27, 2008 - 4:00 AM BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Scott Richmond pitched six stellar innings to earn his first major league win as the Toronto Blue Jays posted a rain-shortened 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

The game was called in the top of the seventh after a 65-minute delay.

Making his fifth career start, Richmond (1-3) scattered four hits - all singles - and struck out three without walking a batter.

"I got a complete game shutout for my first win. It was pretty good," Richmond said. "I've been battling all year, excited where I've gotten to this year and it's good to go out on a high note. I feel like I can compete at this level and help the team win."

The 29-year old righthander, who had not completed six full innings in any of his previous outings, matched scoreless frames with Baltimore starter Chris Waters over the first five innings.

"Richmond pitched himself a good game," Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston said. "We finally scored some runs for him. It looks good for us next year. He threw strikes. I was very pleased with the way he pitched tonight."

The Blue Jays stranded baserunners in each of the first four innings before tallying a run against Waters in the sixth. Jose Bautista singled to lead off the frame and Alex Rios followed with a walk, but was forced out at second on a double play off the bat of Vernon Wells.

Adam Lind followed with a walk and Scott Rolen delivered a ground-rule double to left-center, scoring Bautista and giving Toronto a 1-0 lead.

Richmond allowed two hits over the first five innings, but was forced to pitch out of a jam in the sixth. After he retired the first two batters, Richmond surrendered consecutive singles to Nick Markakis and Melvin Mora before getting Aubrey Huff on a foul pop-up to retire the side.

"We just didn't have any offense," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "We had one real chance there with two outs and back-to-back, two-out hits but we didn't push anything across. Unfortunately it ended that way and then the rain came."

Curtis Thigpen opened the seventh with his first career home run and Bautista added an RBI groundout later in the frame to push the lead to 3-0 before the game was called.

Waters (3-5) allowed three runs, nine hits and two walks in six-plus innings. The rookie lefthander, who struck out six, has lost four of his last five decisions.

"He's done okay," Trembley said. "For a guy that didn't come to spring training, he's a couple years removed from arm surgery. He's pitched in some big venues, he's pitched in front of some big crowds and he's done all right for himself."








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

    BATTERIES: TOR - SCOTT RICHMOND AND CURTIS THIGPEN
    BAL - CHRIS WATERS, LANCE CORMIER (7TH) AND OMIR SANTOS
    WP - SCOTT RICHMOND (1-3)
    LP - CHRIS WATERS (3-5)
    SAVE -

    Sep 26 10:08 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED JOHN MCDONALD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 3
    BALTIMORE 0 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.293, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 10:07 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - PITCHING CHANGE
    BAL: LANCE CORMIER (3-3, 4.04) IN THE 7TH
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M SCUTARO ON FIRST, J MCDONALD ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 2, BALTIMORE 0
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J BAUTISTA (.229, 1-FOR-3)

    Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 10:06 PM


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

    BATTERIES: TOR - SCOTT RICHMOND AND CURTIS THIGPEN
    BAL - CHRIS WATERS, LANCE CORMIER (7TH) AND OMIR SANTOS

    HOME RUNS: TOR - CURTIS THIGPEN (1) OFF CHRIS WATERS IN

    Sep 26 9:53 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOSE BAUTISTA SCORED JOHN MCDONALD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M SCUTARO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 3
    BALTIMORE 0 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: A RIOS (.293, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Blue Jays 3, Orioles 0  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:47 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CURTIS THIGPEN (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF CHRIS WATERS.
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 2, BALTIMORE 0
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: J MCDONALD (.208, 0-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays 2, Orioles 0  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 26 8:39 PM


  • AL
    AT BALTIMORE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND RULE DOUBLE BY SCOTT ROLEN SCORED JOSE BAUTISTA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S ROLEN ON SECOND, A LIND ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: TORONTO 1
    BALTIMORE 0 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TORONTO: T SNIDER (.328, 0-FOR-2)

    Blue Jays 1, Orioles 0  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 26 8:28 PM