Series: Game 1 of 4

Toronto leads 1-0 (as of 9/27)

Game 1: Monday, September 27
Game 2: Tuesday, September 28
Game 2: Wednesday, September 29
Game 3: Wednesday, September 29
Game 4: Thursday, September 30

Blue Jays 4

(65-90, 27-50 away)

Orioles 1

(74-81, 34-40 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 27, 2004

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: B. League (1-0)

    L: S. Ponson (11-15)

    S: M. Batista (4)

    Jays 6-1 at Camden Yards this season

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- During a season that long ago went sour, the Toronto Blue Jays have found happiness in one place: Camden Yards.

    Gregg Zaun homered and Orlando Hudson had three hits and an RBI, leading Toronto past the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 Monday night.

    The Blue Jays are 38-40 at home and 27-50 on the road, but in Baltimore they're 6-1. Toronto swept the Orioles in a three-game set last month and started this four-game series looking nothing like a last-place club.

    "If you go through the motions, people can tell and they label you as losers," interim manager John Gibbons said. "I haven't seen any of that. The guys are responding pretty good, but it would be nice to finish on a good note going into the offseason."

    Melvin Mora went 3-for-4 with a homer for the Orioles, whose four-game winning streak ended. The defeat means Baltimore (74-81) will complete a seventh straight season without a winning record.

    "We just have to keep our heads high, finish strong and see what happens," Orioles starter Sidney Ponson said.

    Ponson (11-15) allowed three runs and nine hits in six innings, falling to 8-3 since the All-Star break. The right-hander gave up six hits in the first two innings, but managed to pitch through the sixth for the 15th straight time.

    "I couldn't throw my breaking pitch for a strike, and when they know a fastball's coming they can jump on it," he said.

    Zaun homered on an 0-2 fastball in the second inning to put the Blue Jays up 2-1, and that was enough on a night in which the Orioles could manage only seven hits against five Toronto pitchers.

    Pitching for the second time since ending a two-month stint on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, Toronto starter Roy Halladay allowed one run and four hits before being pulled after throwing 70 pitches in three innings.

    He was replaced by Bob File, who entered with a 3-1 lead. He blanked the Orioles in the fourth but was yanked in the fifth when Baltimore put runners on first and third with one out.

    League (1-0) then retired Miguel Tejada on a liner to third and Rafael Palmeiro on a fly to left. Pitching in his third major league game, League allowed one hit in 2 2-3 scoreless innings.

    "I didn't know I got the win until after the game," he said. "I'm just happy being up here, but the win makes me feel great."

    Justin Speier worked the eighth and Miguel Batista got three outs for his fourth save.

    Besides hitting two singles and a double, Hudson also reached on a walk and was hit by a pitch during a perfect night at the plate. But he was more delighted with the victory than adding five points to his batting average.

    "It's a big game for the whole team, not just me," he said. "Three hits don't mean anything, but it's a big thing to finish up strong."

    The Blue Jays got four hits in the first inning, including an RBI single by Alexis Rios, but Carlos Delgado was thrown out at the plate by right fielder David Newhan trying to score on a single by Eric Hinske.

    Mora tied it in the bottom half with his 27th home run, but Zaun put Toronto in front for good in the second.

    Hudson hit a two-out RBI single in the fourth to make it 3-1. By the end of the inning, Ponson had thrown 90 pitches.

    Toronto added an unearned run in the eighth when Orioles pitcher John Parrish threw wildly on a pickoff attempt and Hinske hit an RBI single.

    Game notes

    Tejada went 0-for-4 after being selected AL player of the week for Sept. 20-26. ... Halladay had won eight straight starts against Baltimore. ... Palmeiro had two hits for the Orioles, including a double that was his 1,158th extra-base hit, moving him past Carl Yastrzemski into sole possession of eighth place on the career list.

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