Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Baltimore leads 3-0 (as of 7/5)

Game 1: Thursday, July 3
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Game 2: Friday, July 4
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Game 3: Saturday, July 5
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Game 4: Sunday, July 6
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Blue Jays 2

(47-41, 25-22 away)

Orioles 9

(39-45, 21-23 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 5, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: S. Ponson (11-5)

    L: C. Lidle (10-7)

    Conine leads attack with five RBI

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jeff Conine hit two homers and drove in five runs, and Sidney Ponson pitched eight strong innings to earn his 11th win as the Baltimore Orioles breezed past the slumping Toronto Blue Jays 9-2 Saturday night.

    Brook Fordyce also homered, and AL batting leader Melvin Mora had four hits to help the Orioles extend their winning streak to four -- tying a season high.

    Baltimore will seek its first four-game sweep of Toronto since 1979 on Sunday. The Orioles are 5-4 against the Blue Jays after going 4-15 last year.

    Greg Myers and Shannon Stewart homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of eight.

    Conine's first homer, a three-run shot, put Baltimore up 3-0 in the third. He added a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 7-0.

    Both home runs were against Cory Lidle (10-7), who allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings. Conine is 11-for-16 with three homers and eight RBI lifetime against Lidle.

    Ponson (11-5) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out four and walking none. The right-hander's 11 wins are the most by an Oriole before the All-Star break since Mike Mussina won 11 in 1999.

    Ponson has won 10-3 in his last 13 starts and is within one victory of matching his career high of 12 wins, set in 1999. He has never had a winning season since breaking into the majors in 1998.

    Baltimore got the rout started in the third inning, when Luis Matos got the first of his three hits and Mora singled before Conine sent a 3-1 changeup into the left-field seats.

    In the fourth, Mora singled in a run and another scored on a throwing error by Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells before Conine chased Lidle with his 12th homer of the season.

    Conine's two homers and five RBI matched his career highs. It's the 19th time he's hit two homers in a game.

    Baltimore made it 9-0 against Scott Service in the sixth. Fordyce led off with his second homer, and Mora hit an RBI single.

    Myers hits his ninth home run leading off the seventh, and Stewart homered in the eighth.

    Game notes


    Baltimore leadoff hitter Brian Roberts has scored a run in nine straight games. ... Toronto 2B Orlando Hudson was rested after straining his left groin on Friday. He's day-to-day. ... Fordyce has nine RBI, one more than all of last season. ... The loss left Toronto 17-19 against the AL East, including a combined 6-11 against Baltimore and Tampa Bay.

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