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O's end five-game home losing streak decisively

9/17/2002

BALTIMORE (AP) -- For one glorious night, the Baltimore Orioles
turned back the clock on a promising season that abruptly turned
sour.

Chris Singleton hit two of Baltimore's season-high five home
runs, and rookie John Stephens earned his second major league win
as the Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 10-4 Tuesday night.

The last time Baltimore scored more than eight runs in a game
was Aug. 23, in an 11-7 win over the Blue Jays. That victory put
the Orioles at 63-63, but the following day Baltimore began a 1-18
slide.

This game, however, was a reminder of how things once were.

''I feel like tonight was the type of game I'll remember most
about this season,'' Singleton said. ''For the most part, we've had
a lot of good wins, a lot of come-from-behind wins. The last couple
of weeks have been tough, obviously, but this is a team that never
quit. Regardless of what's happened the past few weeks, tonight was
a great night.''

Tony Batista, Chris Singleton and Marty Cordova also connected
for the Orioles, who rallied from an early three-run deficit.
Baltimore has won three of five since their horrendous skid.

''Hopefully we can play well like we did tonight and finish up
on a good note,'' said Jeff Conine, who contributed a two-run
single.

Singleton hit solo shots in the fourth and seventh innings. It
was his second career two-homer game, the first coming in September
1999 against the New York Yankees.

Stephens (2-4) overcame a rocky start to win for the first time
in five starts since Aug. 17. The Australia native allowed four
runs, six hits and four walks in six-plus innings. He struck out
six.

Shannon Stewart homered for the Blue Jays, now 10-4 against
Baltimore this season.

Rookie Justin Miller (7-5) gave up five runs, five hits and four
walks in 2 2/3 innings. He was 3-0 in his previous four starts.

''He's coming off three pretty good outings and for whatever
reason, tonight just wasn't his night,'' Toronto manager Carlos
Tosca said. ''Really the only pitch he had control of was his
slider. He was rushing all night, from his warmup pitches in the
bullpen.''

Down 3-0, Baltimore pulled even in the second. After Batista
drew a leadoff walk and Gibbons hit his 25th homer, Melvin Mora
doubled and scored on an infield single by Jerry Hairston.

The Orioles took a 5-3 lead in the third. Batista hit his
club-high 31st homer and Gibbons doubled before Miller walked three
of the next four batters, forcing in a run and ending the
right-hander's night.

''I felt so good tonight. The first inning felt real good,''
Miller said. ''After that, I think, mechanically I started getting
real out of sync. I started leading a lot with my front shoulder. I
knew what I was doing -- I just couldn't correct it. So it's
something I've got to work on.''

Singleton homered off Corey Thurman in the fourth to make it
6-3.

Cordova led off the fifth with his 18th of the season, the first
since Aug. 18, and Conine added a two-run single for a 9-3 lead.

Stewart chased Stephens with a leadoff homer in the seventh.
Before that, the right-hander had retired 13 of 14 batters.

The Blue Jays got RBI singles from Josh Phelps and Jose Cruz in
the first inning, then went up 3-0 in the second on a run-scoring
grounder by Stewart.

Game notes
Baltimore's Mike Bordick played his 99th consecutive
errorless game at shortstop, two short of the major league record
held by Rey Ordonez. Bordick also walked three times. ... By the
second inning, every Toronto batter reached base via a hit or walk
except for Chris Woodward. ... The Orioles had a baserunner in
every inning.