Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Baltimore leads 1-0 (as of 4/22)

Game 1: Friday, April 22
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Toronto5
Game 2: Saturday, April 23
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Toronto1
Game 3: Sunday, April 24
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Toronto1

Orioles 13

(10-7, 5-2 away)

Blue Jays 5

(9-9, 2-4 home)

    7:07 PM ET, April 22, 2005

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    BAL 010300063 13 17 0
    TOR 004001000 5 5 2

    W: T. Williams (2-0)

    L: J. Speier (0-1)

    Four players go yard for Baltimore

    TORONTO (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles bounced back from consecutive shutouts in a big way.

    "We were bound to break out," said Jay Gibbons, who homered and drove in five runs in Baltimore's 13-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

    Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Javy Lopez also homered for the Orioles. Gibbons ended a 22-inning scoreless streak with a broken-bat RBI single in the second and made it 13-5 with a three-run shot off Vinnie Chulk in the ninth.

    "I'll take the cheap ones," Gibbons said.

    Boston blanked Baltimore in its two previous games, but the Orioles got 17 hits in this one and set a season high for runs.

    "Our team is capable of doing that. You give us a little leeway, we'll take a lot," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said. "Today was pretty impressive."

    Down 5-4 in the eighth, the Orioles scored six runs. Mora tied it with a homer off Justin Speier (0-1). Gibbons, Luis Matos and Larry Bigbie later followed with three straight RBI singles off Scott Schoeneweis, who also walked Brian Roberts with the bases loaded. Mora added a sacrifice fly off Chulk.

    "It was tough to hold that team down, they're so balanced and so powerful. You're always living on the edge with a one-run lead," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "I don't know what to tell you. It got away, and it got away in a hurry."

    Todd Williams (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win and has appeared in seven games this season without allowing a run.

    "This is one of the better stretches I've ever gone through," Williams said.

    He also praised his teammates.

    "What's great about our offense is that you got the obvious guys who are doings things, but you've also got guys that people have never heard before that are getting hits, too," Williams said.

    Corey Koskie homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost three straight and five of six to fall to 9-9.

    Gregg Zaun's two-run double and Koskie's two-run homer gave Toronto a 4-0 lead in the third. Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera started the inning with consecutive walks to Russ Adams and Frank Catalanotto.

    The Orioles rallied with three runs in the fourth on Tejada's homer and Lopez's two-run homer.

    Toronto's Eric Hinske led off the sixth with a walk and stole second and third before scoring on Adams' RBI grounder.

    Game notes


    Tejada gave his team a scare when he tripped over first base in the eighth. He was OK, though. "He was just clumsy," Gibbons joked. ... Baltimore pitcher Sidney Ponson was granted a special permit to enter Canada for the three-game series against the Blue Jays. Ponson had trouble obtaining a work visa because of his involvement in two court cases. ... The Blue Jays entered with just one stolen base before Hinske stole second and third.

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