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Janssen outduels Benson as Blue Jays squeak past O's

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Long after Casey Janssen did his part to earn
his fourth straight win, B.J. Ryan benefited from an inexplicable
baserunning error to register another save against his former team.

Janssen allowed one run in six innings, Vernon Wells had four
hits, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Kris Benson and the Baltimore
Orioles 5-3 Wednesday night.

The Blue Jays scored two runs off Benson with the aid of wild
pitches, then added two unearned runs in the seventh against Todd
Williams before Wells doubled in a ninth-inning run.

Janssen (5-3) gave up six hits, walked none and struck out five.
The rookie allowed seven runs in 10 innings in losing twice
previously to Benson and the Orioles, but this time he got the best
of them in improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.

"I looked at what I did in the two previous starts," Janssen
said. "I threw the first start out because it was my first
(career) start, second one I looked at what I did and went out
there and attacked them."

Ryan, the sixth Toronto pitcher, worked the ninth for his 15th
save. It was his third save against the Orioles, the second in two
nights.

But it's hard to imagine the left-hander was ever involved in a
finish like this one.

Baltimore put runners on second and third with one in the ninth
before Ramon Hernandez hit a popup that shortstop Aaron Hill caught
in short left field. Melvin Mora tagged up and was easily thrown
out at the plate to complete the game-ending double play.

"I'm sure he felt like he had the shortstop going away from him
pretty well," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Basically, that run
means nothing to us. I think he misread the ball and thought he had
an easy score."

Exactly.

"I'm thinking to score. I'm thinking he's going to dive for the
ball, the shortstop, and Im going to score," Mora said. "When he
goes to get the ball, he's going to be out of balance.

"I just saw that he went back and the left fielder never come
in on the ball. I said I don't think he's going to throw me out
from that far."

Mora guessed wrong, and a dreadful night for the Orioles ended
with Kevin Millar waiting in the on-deck circle for an at-bat that
never came.

"We'll have to live with it," Perlozzo said.

Benson (6-5) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. He
struck out four and walked two.

Brian Roberts went 3-for-4 with a sacrifice fly for the Orioles.
He started the game mired in an 0-for-19 slump.

Baltimore trailed 4-1 before Miguel Tejada singled in a run with
two outs in the seventh. A walk to Hernandez loaded the bases, and
Millar drew a walk in a 10-pitch at-bat against Justin Speier to
force in a run and get the Orioles within a run.

Scott Schoeneweis then retired pinch-hitter Jeff Conine, who was
robbed of a potential game-tying hit when second baseman Edgardo
Alfonzo made a diving stop on a grounder before throwing to first.

Benson struggled with his control early, and the Blue Jays took
advantage in grabbing a 2-0 lead.

Toronto used a hit batter, a single and a walk to load the bases
in the second inning before Shea Hillenbrand scored on a wild
pitch. In the third, Wells hit a leadoff single, stole second, went
to third on a wild pitch and scored on Lyle Overbay's groundout to
first.

The Orioles got a third-inning run when Brandon Fahey hit a
leadoff double and scored on a flyball by Roberts. But that would
be the extent of Baltimore's offense against Janssen.

"He hung in there, he hung tough," Toronto manager John
Gibbons said. "He's ahead of his experience level. He's just
getting better."

Toronto added to the margin in the seventh. A throwing error by
Mora at third put runners on second and third for Frank
Catalanotto, who hit an RBI single to right before Troy Glaus drove
in a run with a grounder.

Game notes
Wells' four hits tied a career high. ... Roberts went
1-for-2 in stolen base attempts and is 14-for-16 this season. ...
Catalanotto and Bengie Molina extended their hitting streaks to a
season-high nine games, but Alex Rios went 0-for-5, ending his
eight-game run. ... Toronto needs a win Thursday to win its fifth
straight series. ... Tejada has hit in 10 straight games.