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Blue Jays top O's for first series win in nearly a month

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Faced with the prospect of losing another
series and falling three games under .500 for the first time this
season, the Toronto Blue Jays mounted a comeback that produced a
feel-good victory.

Frank Catalanotto singled in the tiebreaking run in a four-run
seventh inning, and the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-4
Wednesday night for their first series win since mid-August.

Gregg Zaun homered for the Blue Jays, who won two of three from
the sinking Orioles. Toronto had not won a series since beating the
Los Angeles Angels twice in three games Aug. 15-17.

"It's been our goal all season to win every series, so this is
a big deal," Zaun said. "There is a lot of pride in this locker
room and we played too well, too long, to just fold the tents at
the end and finish the year under .500. We were in it for a long
time and we want to finish strong."

Javy Lopez had two hits, drove in a run and scored one for the
Orioles, who blew two leads in losing for the 14th time in 19
games. It was the 16th time in 26 games that Baltimore scored four
runs or fewer.

"We've got to swing the bats better than we have," interim
manager Sam Perlozzo said. "We say that every night, but we've got
to shore it up all the way around."

Baltimore shortstop Miguel Tejada played in his 895th
consecutive game, tying Stan Musial for the seventh-longest streak
in major league history.

Toronto trailed 4-3 before batting around in the seventh. Reed
Johnson and Orlando Hudson hit one-out singles off Jorge Julio
(3-5) before Russ Adams tied it with a run-scoring single off Chris
Ray. Catalanotto then singled in Hudson, who sprained his left
ankle sliding home.

A sacrifice fly by Corey Koskie and an RBI single by Shea
Hillenbrand completed the scoring.

"We had one good inning tonight," Toronto manager John Gibbons
conceded.

Pete Walker (6-4) pitched 1 2-3 innings of one-hit relief for
Toronto, and Miguel Batista worked the ninth for his 26th save.

Walker, Jason Frasor and Batista combined to allow two hits over
the final 4 2-3 innings.

"Our bullpen's good. When we're rested, they're real good,"
Gibbons said.

Down 3-2, the Orioles took the lead and chased Toronto starter
Scott Downs during a fifth-inning rally fueled by a fluke triple.
With one out, Johnson slipped on the warning track while camping
under Tejada's fly to right, and the ball fell beyond his grasp.
Jay Gibbons followed with an RBI single and scored on a double by
Lopez.

Catalanotto prevented further damage by making a fine running
catch of a deep drive to left by Chris Gomez with two on and two
outs.

"I never thought he'd make that catch," Perlozzo said. "I was
actually adding up two more runs on the board for us."

Downs gave up four runs, seven hits and four walks in 4 1-3
innings. He struck out six.

Toronto got a run off John Maine in the first inning when Adams
led off with a double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Koskie. In
the bottom half, Brian Roberts hit a leadoff triple before Downs
struck out the next three batters.

The Orioles went up 2-1 in the fourth. After Lopez drew a
one-out walk and scored on a double by Alejandro Freire, Gomez
grounded a single deep in the hole at shortstop. Adams gloved the
ball and threw wildly to third, allowing Freire to score.

Zaun hit his ninth homer to start the fifth, his first home run
since connecting in Baltimore on Aug. 12. Johnson followed with a
double and came home on a single by Hudson to put Toronto up 3-2.

Game notes
Toronto won the season series 10-9. ... Baltimore fell to
14-18 under Perlozzo. ... Orioles RF Sammy Sosa was sent home to
Florida to continue the rehabilitation of his right big toe. He is
expected to return before the end of the season.