TORONTO (Ticker) -- Bruce Chen got one of the best gifts a
pitcher can receive - a five-run lead before taking the mound.
Chen allowed one run and five hits in his first career complete
game and Rafael Palmeiro homered in a five-run first as the
Baltimore Orioles pounded the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-1.
Chen (1-0), who began the season in the Toronto organization,
picked up his first victory since April 21, 2002, while with the
Palmeiro's home run was his 18th of the season and his 546th,
leaving him two behind Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for 10th place
Justin Miller (3-4) lasted one inning, charged with five runs
and six hits in his shortest outing of the season. Miller
worked a career-high eight innings and allowed two hits in his
last start Wednesday against the Anaheim Angels.
Jay Gibbons had three hits for Baltimore, including an RBI
triple in a four-run eighth.
Orioles pinch hitter Luis Lopez was ejected in the ninth inning
by plate umpire Matt Hollowell for arguing balls and strikes.
Toronto has lost four consecutive games.