Patterson hit a bloop, two-run double in a four-run seventh
inning for the Orioles, who salvaged the last game of the
Benson (3-2) allowed two runs and three hits to get his third
win in his last four starts. He struck out four and walked three.
"I don't have my best stuff but I'm still winning," Benson
said. "I'm struggling a little bit with my command."
"As long as we win that's all I really care about," said Ray,
who allowed the tying run to reach first. "Things just didn't go
well. I just wasn't in the zone consistently."
Ray entered the game having pitching nine scoreless innings and
Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said he wanted to get his closer
some work even though it wasn't a save situation.
"It was kind of looking shaky at the end, but they battled
through it. We needed that win," Perlozzo said.
Toronto starter Casey Janssen -- making his first major league
start -- had a rocky first inning. He walked Melvin Mora, allowed a
single to Miguel Tejada and hit Jay Gibbons with a pitch to load
Ramon Hernandez then hit a grounder to first baseman Shea
Hillenbrand, whose throw home skipped past catcher Gregg Zaun. Mora
scored on the grounder and Tejada came around on Hillenbrand's
"I never really got comfortable where I could air it out. I was
just gripping it and not trying to throw it to the backstop at
times," Janssen said.
Janssen (0-1) hit Nick Markakis with a pitch in the second
inning. Markakis advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on
Brian Roberts' RBI single to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead.
Zaun's RBI single and Russ Adams' sacrifice fly cut it to 3-2 in
the bottom half but Baltimore scored four runs in the seventh to
make it 7-2. Patterson doubled into left-center to drive in two and
Tejada and Ramon Hernandez also had RBI in the inning.
"That's a big confidence boost for him and for us," Perlozzo
said of Patterson's performance.
Janssen, who replaced the injured A.J. Burnett in the rotation,
allowed three runs and three hits with three walks in four
The Blue Jays repaired the part of the scoreboard that
Vernon Wells damaged with his homer on Wednesday. ... Janssen went
1-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four starts at Triple-A Syracuse. ...
Toronto's Alex Rios went 0-for-4 with an RBI in a rare start
against a right-hander. Rios is platooning with Eric Hinske in RF,
but manager John Gibbons wanted Rios' bat in the lineup. He is
batting .368 with six home runs. ... Rios made a nice running catch
at the wall in the ninth.