BALTIMORE (AP) -- On a day in which he hit two home runs, Rafael
Palmeiro watched Miguel Tejada break his club record for RBI in a
And he didn't mind one bit.
"That's awesome, to have it on the same team as me and see him
do it," Palmeiro said Wednesday after the Orioles beat Toronto 7-6
in the first game of a doubleheader.
Tejada's run-scoring single in the fifth inning gave him 143
RBI, snapping the mark set by Palmeiro in 1996.
"I didn't realize how many RBI that was until I saw him do
it," Palmeiro said. "When I did it, it didn't seem like that
many. When he did it, it seemed like a whole ton of RBI, man. It's
Playing in his first season in Baltimore after signing as a free
agent in December, Tejada leads the AL in RBI and has 12 in his
last six games.
"He's the heartbeat of this club. He gets us going, he's one of
the leaders, he's vocal, everything," Palmeiro said.
Palmeiro hit a two-run drive in the fourth inning and a solo
shot in the sixth. His 34th career multihomer game, the second this
season, gave him 551 home runs -- nine short of Reggie Jackson for
ninth place on the career list.
David Newhan singled in the winning run in the bottom of the
ninth after the Orioles blew a 6-3 lead. The victory enabled
Baltimore (75-81) to keep alive its slim hope of avoiding a losing
season for the first time since 1997.
Vernon Wells homered twice and drove in three runs, and Carlos
Delgado and Adams also connected for the last-place Blue Jays.
Toronto had won six straight in Baltimore.
Tim Raines Jr. led off the ninth with a single off Justin Speier
(3-8) and took third when Toronto shortstop Russ Adams threw wildly
to second on a slow grounder by Melvin Mora. Tejada then received
an intentional walk before Palmeiro struck out.
Newhan, who entered earlier as a pinch-runner, followed with a
soft liner to left.
"The bullpen hung tough and gave us a chance," Toronto interim
manager John Gibbons said. "But you're playing with fire with the
bases loaded and no outs. We almost got out of it, we hung tough.
We just had too many walks."
Four Toronto pitchers yielded eight walks, including five by
starter Ted Lilly, who gave up five runs on three hits in 4 2-3
innings. The left-hander was seeking his fourth win in a row and
career-high 13th of the season, but instead had his shortest outing
since June 24.
"It was very frustrating," Lilly said. "I wanted to take a
timeout and just practice for a little bit because I just lost it
that bad. That was about as tough as it was for me finding the
B.J. Ryan (4-6) worked a perfect ninth for the Orioles, who have
won five of six.
The Blue Jays trailed 6-3 before Delgado hit a two-run drive in
the seventh off Jorge Julio, pitching for the first time since
serving a four-game suspension for throwing at the head of
Minnesota's Augie Ojeda on Sept. 10.
Adams tied the game in the eighth with a pinch-homer off Jason
Toronto got an unearned run in the first and went up 2-0 in the
third when Wells homered off Bruce Chen. Palmeiro's first home run
evened the score in the fourth, but Wells' 22nd of the season put
Toronto ahead 3-2 in the fifth.
Baltimore took a 5-3 lead in the bottom half when Raines doubled
in two runs and scored on Tejada's single. Palmeiro's 23rd homer
made it 6-3.
The game was a makeup of Tuesday night's rainout. ...
Palmeiro's first homer was the 37th in the 12-year history of
Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street beyond the right-field
scoreboard. Palmeiro has hit five of them. ... Wells has seven
career multihomer games, including four against Baltimore.