After allowing six runs in three innings Monday, Russ Ortiz is 0-9 with a 9.86 ERA in 42 innings this season. Earned runs have been continuously tabulated in the major leagues since the second decade of the 20th century; since then, only three pitchers have had ERAs as high as Ortiz's in at least 40 innings -- and all three instances have been in the last eight seasons. Roy Halladay had a 10.64 ERA in 67 2/3 innings in 2000, Micah Bowie had a 10.24 ERA in 51 innings in 1999 and Aaron Myette had a 10.06 ERA in 48 1/3 innings in 2002.• For more Elias Says, Click here.
Lilly was scratched just before the scheduled start because of a
stiff neck."It was a long day," Baltimore's Kevin Millar said. "What can
you say? We got two hits."League was throwing 98 mph sinkers and that's not fun to face
for four innings and then Accardo threw 95, 96 mph sinkers,"
Millar said.Tallet didn't allow a hit in the first 2 1/3 innings. Accardo
(1-0) gave up both hits but didn't allow a run in 2 2-3 innings.
Brandon League earned his first major league save by pitching the
final four innings."Those were my two hits. I ruined the no-no," Accardo said.The relievers were told about Lilly two hours before the game."Ted couldn't go so we knew it was going to be on the
bullpen," Accardo said. "We all did our job and the best thing
was that we needed only three pitchers to do it."Fernando Tatis singled in the third, and Miguel Tejada doubled
in the fourth for Baltimore."The bullpen sucked it up and did a heck of a job," Toronto
manager John Gibbons said.Vernon Wells also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won two
straight following a season-high seven game losing skid.Reed Johnson, who was 3-for-4 with a walk, doubled in the first
and scored on Overbay's single off Orioles starter Russ Ortiz (0-3)Toronto right fielder Alex Rios bobbled Tatis' single for an
error in the third, allowing Millar to score from second.Overbay's homer made it 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning.Johnson doubled and Frank Catalanotto singled before Wells hit
his 27th homer to give Toronto a 6-1 lead.Ortiz has struggled since signing with Baltimore on June 25,
following his release by Arizona. He gave up six runs on nine hits
in three-plus innings. His ERA actually dropped from 11.57 to 9.86."You take your lumps like a man," said Ortiz, who answered
questions politely for several minutes after the game. "Everyone
is going to have bad days."Overbay added a two-run single off Tim Byrdak in the eighth to
make it 8-1.
Lilly is now scheduled to pitch against Minnesota on
Thursday. ... Tallet made his first start since July 21, 2003, when
he pitched for Cleveland. He came in with a 3-0 record and a 4.89
ERA in 28 games this season. ... The Orioles played the first game
of a nine-game road trip. ... The Orioles had six walks, including
four against Tallet.