Final in 10

Series: Game 1 of 3

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 8/20)

Game 1: Friday, August 20
in 10
Game 2: Saturday, August 21
Game 3: Sunday, August 22

Blue Jays 14

(50-72, 20-43 away)

Orioles 4

(57-63, 29-33 home)

    7:35 PM ET, August 20, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

    R H E
    TOR - -
    BAL - -

    W: J. Towers (9-4)

    L: D. Borkowski (3-4)

    Jays score 14, most since July 1

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Josh Towers got another win for the Toronto Blue Jays, and this time he had plenty of help.

    Chris Woodward hit his first career grand slam and Orlando Hudson had three hits, leading the Blue Jays past the skidding Baltimore Orioles 14-4 Friday night.

    Eric Hinske also homered for the last-place Blue Jays, who had lost four straight overall and six in a row on the road. Toronto improved to 3-8 under interim manager John Gibbons; all three of those wins have come with Towers on the mound.

    Towers (9-4) allowed one run and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 7-1 in his last eight starts, including a 7-2 win over Baltimore on Saturday.

    "To have a winning streak you have to have a lot of luck and some help, and I got both," Towers said.

    Towers was backed by Toronto's highest-scoring effort since July 1. Woodward's first homer of the season, off Eddy Rodriguez in the ninth, capped the Blue Jays' 14-hit outburst against five Baltimore pitchers.

    "It was a huge offensive night, very well needed," Hudson said.

    Hudson went 3-for-5, drove in two runs and scored twice. He has eight multihit games in his last 10 starts, going 20-for-43 (.465) over that span, and is 13-for-23 during a six-game hitting streak.

    Javy Lopez, David Newhan and Melvin Mora homered for Baltimore. The Orioles have lost four in a row, all at home by a combined 33-9 score, since an 11-2 run got them within two wins of .500.

    "It's frustrating, to play so well for a two-week stretch and then to have this happen at home, where you're supposed to win," Newhan said. "We felt like we were making our move, and then to have this happen is very disappointing."

    After dropping three straight to Oakland, the Orioles were done in by a pitcher who used to wear a Baltimore uniform. Towers was drafted by the Orioles in 1996 and pitched in Baltimore in 2001 and 2002 before being released.

    He latched on with Toronto, where he's 17-5 over two seasons.

    "There's no resentment anymore. It's just another team," he said.

    The Blue Jays jumped on Dave Borkowski (3-4) for two runs in the first. After Alexis Rios and Hudson hit successive singles, Vernon Wells drove in a run with a groundout that traveled about seven feet. Carlos Delgado then snapped an 0-for-11 skid with an RBI single.

    Toronto chased Borkowski during a three-run fifth. Gabe Gross walked and Woodward singled before Rios doubled in a run and Hudson added a two-run single.

    Lopez hit his 19th homer leading off the fifth, but the Orioles missed a chance to score again in the inning when Brian Roberts was thrown out at third on Newhan's single an instant before Karim Garcia crossed the plate.

    "We had a chance, getting three hits in a row, and then we get thrown out at third base," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You can't do that in that situation."

    The Blue Jays made it 9-1 with a four-run seventh, the key blow Hinske's three-run homer off Buddy Groom. It was his 12th home run, the first in August.

    "I like hitting here. I have good games here," Hinske said. "We're trying to keep strong and end the season on a good note."

    In the bottom half, Newhan hit a two-run shot off Kevin Frederick and Mora followed with his career-high 22nd.

    But a five-run ninth, highlighted by Woodward's drive to left on a 1-2 pitch, decided the issue.

    "You never felt safe," Gibbons said, "until Woody hit that slam."

    Game notes

    Lopez has seven homers and 19 RBI in his last 22 games. ... Toronto improved to 20-43 on the road, 4-17 since the All-Star break. ... Towers has three of the Blue Jays' five wins in August, and his nine wins are a career high.

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