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Bush loses despite four-hit complete game

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Desperate for a victory after a 12-0 defeat one
night earlier, the Baltimore Orioles put their faith in a rookie
who had lost his last seven decisions at Triple-A before being sent
to the mound for his second big league start.

John Maine did his part, and the Baltimore bullpen did the rest.

Maine pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first major
league win, Miguel Tejada singled in a third-inning run and the
Orioles ended the Toronto Blue Jays' four-game winning streak with
a 1-0 victory Saturday.

Rafael Palmeiro sat out a third straight game since returning
from a 10-day suspension for using steroids. He is expected to
start as Baltimore's designated hitter on Sunday.

Maine (1-0) and three relievers combined on a five-hitter,
helping the Orioles improve to 6-3 under interim manager Sam
Perlozzo.

"He's working on three days' rest and he was in a tough
situation with the [100-degree] heat," Perlozzo said. "Johnny
really came through when he needed to, and that's a real shot in
the arm for us. He came up here right when we needed it, he knew
that and went out and pitched a good game for us."

Maine was filling in for an injured Sidney Ponson, who was put
on the disabled list Tuesday. It was supposed to be a one-shot
audition, but now it appears the right-hander will be sticking
around.

"He's earned the right to stay on this ballclub for a little
while," Perlozzo said.

Maine, recalled from Ottawa on Friday night, allowed two hits,
walked three and struck out three. Last year, in his major-league
debut, he allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings in a loss to
Minnesota.

"He was much better than we've seen in the past," Perlozzo
said.

Maine allowed only one runner past second base. That was in the
third inning, when he retired Russ Adams on a foul pop with two
outs and Reed Johnson on third.

In the fifth, Maine retired Orlando Hudson and Adams after the
Blue Jays put runners on first and second with one out.

"I was very tired," Maine said. "I'll sleep good tonight,
though."

Dave Bush (2-6) took the loss despite allowing four hits -- none
after the third inning -- in his third career complete game.

"I pitched better than I have other times," Bush said. "I was
throwing strikes and changing speeds."

Coupled with Josh Towers' performance in that 12-0 rout Friday
night, the Blue Jays got successive complete games for the first
time since Chris Carpenter and Kelvim Escobar did it April 21-22,
2000, against the New York Yankees.

"Seems like we can't get our bullpen any work," Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons said with a chuckle.

After Maine left, Tim Byrdak entered in the sixth and left with
runners at first and second and one out in the seventh. Todd
Williams came in and got Johnson to hit into a double play, then
allowed two hits in the eighth before getting Shea Hillenbrand to
ground into a 5-4-3 double play.

B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his 26th save.

Brian Roberts hit a leadoff double in the third and scored with
two outs when Tejada lined an opposite-field single to right.

"[Bush] threw well," Gibbons said. "He just had that one
pitch up to Tejada."

Bush retired 16 of the next 17 batters. The only runner to reach
after the third inning was Javy Lopez, who was hit by a pitch with
two outs in the sixth.

But the Orioles didn't need any more offense than Tejada's RBI
single, thanks to a solid pitching performance and a defense that
turned three double plays.

"They surprised me today. They really played well," Perlozzo
said. "This team, when we pitch a little bit, they're really into
the game. That's all there is to it."

Game notes
Toronto OF Vernon Wells was a late scratch with the flu.
... Baltimore has scored only one run in the first two games of the
series, but can win a second straight series for the first time
since early May with a victory on Sunday. ... Perlozzo said he
would talk with RHP Daniel Cabrera, who nearly beaned Eric Hinske
with a pitch Friday night. "If that indeed was an intentional
thing, we'll have to address that," Perlozzo said. "It's not the
way we're going to play baseball."