Final

Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/17)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
Toronto 2Final
Baltimore 0
Game 2: Tuesday, September 17
Toronto 4Final
Baltimore 10
Game 3: Wednesday, September 18
Toronto 2Final
Baltimore 1
Game 4: Thursday, September 19
Toronto 9Final
Baltimore 3

Blue Jays 4

(69-82, 33-43 away)

Orioles 10

(67-83, 34-38 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2002

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    TOR 210000100 4 - -
    BAL 03213010 - 10 - -

    W: J. Stephens (2-4)

    L: J. Miller (7-5)

    O's end five-game home losing streak decisively

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- For one glorious night, the Baltimore Orioles turned back the clock on a promising season that abruptly turned sour.

    Tony Batista
    Batista

    Chris Singleton
    Singleton

    Chris Singleton hit two of Baltimore's season-high five home runs, and rookie John Stephens earned his second major league win as the Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 Tuesday night.

    The last time Baltimore scored more than eight runs in a game was Aug. 23, in an 11-7 win over the Blue Jays. That victory put the Orioles at 63-63, but the following day Baltimore began a 1-18 slide.

    This game, however, was a reminder of how things once were.

    ''I feel like tonight was the type of game I'll remember most about this season,'' Singleton said. ''For the most part, we've had a lot of good wins, a lot of come-from-behind wins. The last couple of weeks have been tough, obviously, but this is a team that never quit. Regardless of what's happened the past few weeks, tonight was a great night.''

    Tony Batista, Chris Singleton and Marty Cordova also connected for the Orioles, who rallied from an early three-run deficit. Baltimore has won three of five since their horrendous skid.

    ''Hopefully we can play well like we did tonight and finish up on a good note,'' said Jeff Conine, who contributed a two-run single.

    Singleton hit solo shots in the fourth and seventh innings. It was his second career two-homer game, the first coming in September 1999 against the New York Yankees.

    Stephens (2-4) overcame a rocky start to win for the first time in five starts since Aug. 17. The Australia native allowed four runs, six hits and four walks in six-plus innings. He struck out six.

    Shannon Stewart homered for the Blue Jays, now 10-4 against Baltimore this season.

    Rookie Justin Miller (7-5) gave up five runs, five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. He was 3-0 in his previous four starts.

    ''He's coming off three pretty good outings and for whatever reason, tonight just wasn't his night,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. ''Really the only pitch he had control of was his slider. He was rushing all night, from his warmup pitches in the bullpen.''

    Down 3-0, Baltimore pulled even in the second. After Batista drew a leadoff walk and Gibbons hit his 25th homer, Melvin Mora doubled and scored on an infield single by Jerry Hairston.

    The Orioles took a 5-3 lead in the third. Batista hit his club-high 31st homer and Gibbons doubled before Miller walked three of the next four batters, forcing in a run and ending the right-hander's night.

    ''I felt so good tonight. The first inning felt real good,'' Miller said. ''After that, I think, mechanically I started getting real out of sync. I started leading a lot with my front shoulder. I knew what I was doing -- I just couldn't correct it. So it's something I've got to work on.''

    Singleton homered off Corey Thurman in the fourth to make it 6-3.

    Cordova led off the fifth with his 18th of the season, the first since Aug. 18, and Conine added a two-run single for a 9-3 lead.

    Stewart chased Stephens with a leadoff homer in the seventh. Before that, the right-hander had retired 13 of 14 batters.

    The Blue Jays got RBI singles from Josh Phelps and Jose Cruz in the first inning, then went up 3-0 in the second on a run-scoring grounder by Stewart.

    Game notes


    Baltimore's Mike Bordick played his 99th consecutive errorless game at shortstop, two short of the major league record held by Rey Ordonez. Bordick also walked three times. ... By the second inning, every Toronto batter reached base via a hit or walk except for Chris Woodward. ... The Orioles had a baserunner in every inning.

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