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Hendrickson shuts down Orioles for second win

9/19/2002

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The hits just keep on coming for Shannon Stewart, who outdid himself with an unprecedented performance.

Stewart had a career-high five hits and rookie Mark Hendrickson
pitched eight innings of four-hit ball as the Toronto Blue Jays
cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Thursday night.

Baltimore's Mike Bordick played his 101st consecutive errorless
game at shortstop, tying the major league record set by Rey Ordonez
in 1999-2000. Bordick also hit a two-run homer.

Surprisingly, Bordick didn't get one chance in the field in
setting the single-season mark for consecutive errorless games at
his position. Ordonez played in 100 straight in '99, then added one
more flawless game in 2000 before the streak ended.

"It feels pretty special to get the record,'' Bordick said.
"It was weird, too, that I didn't have any chances in the game.''

Stewart went 5-for-5, hitting a home run, a double and three
singles. His five hits tied a club record, accomplished 12 times
previously -- the last by Tony Fernandez in May 1999.

"I guess it's a night to remember. I've never done that
before,'' said Stewart, who had 19 four-hit games before going over
the top.

Stewart, the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter, has reached base safely
in 32 of 33 games and has scored 44 runs in his last 50 starts.

"He's a hitting machine,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

"I've seen certain players in this game have great days. The
leadoff hitter, it's kind of tough,'' he said. "I am very thankful
for tonight. I'll never forget it.''

Making his third start in the majors, Hendrickson (2-0) allowed
two runs, struck out six and walked none. He allowed only one hit
after the fifth inning and retired his final eight batters.

"For the most part I was happy,'' the left-hander said.
"Bordick and the 2-0 count, I tried to divide the plate in half. I
really made a bad pitch. But other than a couple of batters, I was
pretty happy with my performance.''

Jose Cruz homered and Chris Woodward had three hits for the Blue
Jays, who the series 3-1 to improve to 12-4 against Baltimore this
year.

Toronto got all the runs it needed in the first inning against
Rodrigo Lopez (15-8). Stewart singled and Eric Hinske walked before
Vernon Wells ended a 1-for-35 skid with an RBI single. Carlos
Delgado then singled in a run, Cruz hit an RBI double and Woodward
followed with a sacrifice fly.

"It kind of helps when your team gets you four runs in the
first inning,'' Hendrickson said. "That's always a plus.''

Bordick's eighth homer made it 4-2 in the third, but the Blue
Jays restored their four-run cushion in the fourth. Stewart singled
in a run before Hinske chased Lopez with an RBI single.

Lopez gave up nine hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings,
his shortest stint since joining the starting rotation on April 24.
The rookie is 3-5 since the beginning of August.

"He just didn't have anything at all tonight,'' Orioles manager
Mike Hargrove said. "It's one of few times he's been that way. I
think it's a foregone conclusion that he's tired, but I don't think
that's the problem. It was just one of those nights.''

Stewart doubled off Chris Brock and scored on a sacrifice fly by
Wells in the sixth, and Cruz hit his 17th homer off Steve Bechler
in the seventh for an 8-2 lead.

Stewart connected off Bechler in the eighth.

Game notes
Stewart leads Toronto with 49 multihit games. ... Hinske
snapped an 0-for-13 drought with a second-inning single. ... Brock
has allowed runs in seven of his last nine appearances. ...
Woodward's three hits tied a career high. He's done it nine times,
eight this year.