The 6-foot-7 right-hander looked up and pointed skyward -- twice.
Then he wrapped his long arms around catcher Ramon Hernandez, the
first of a series of hugs that Cabrera distributed to his
Cabrera pitched a five-hitter, Kevin Millar drove in five runs,
and the Baltimore Orioles became the last major league team this
season to win a fourth straight game, beating the Toronto Blue Jays
"Hey, it's only August. It's not that big a deal," Baltimore
manager Sam Perlozzo said with a wry grin.
The victory also assured the Orioles of winning a second
straight series for the first time since June 23-29. Baltimore is
2-0 in the three-game series with Toronto after taking two of three
against the New York Yankees.
Cabrera (6-8) struck out 10 and walked two. His lack of control
led to his demotion to the minor leagues last month, but he was
exceptionally sharp in beating the Blue Jays for the second time in
"He just had it all together today," Perlozzo said. "He
worked the outside corner a lot, located his fastball down and
away. I'm really proud of him."
Cabrera allowed only one runner past second base in his first
shutout since beating Atlanta on June 25, 2004. After his 121st and
final pitch, he couldn't contain his joy.
"A shutout, that's the best thing a pitcher can do. That's a
perfect game for me," he said. "Every pitcher wants to throw a
It was Cabrera's second complete game in 75 career starts.
"That just shows you what he can do on the mound," Millar
said. "When he throws strikes, he's as good as anybody in this
It was the Blue Jays' most lopsided shutout loss since a 15-0
defeat against the Yankees on September 1977.
No one on Toronto got more than one hit, but when Blue Jays
third baseman John Hattig entered in the fourth inning, he became
the first player from Guam to play in the big leagues. He went
0-for-2, contributing twice to Cabrera's season-high tying
On Friday night, Baltimore led 6-0 after two innings. In this
one, Baltimore took control by having eight straight players reach
base in the first inning against Shaun Marcum (1-3).
"It was similar to what happened last night," Toronto manager
John Gibbons said. "It was just too much to overcome."
After leadoff hitter Roberts grounded out, Markakis hit his
eighth homer. Melvin Mora walked and scored on a double by Tejada,
Jay Gibbons received an intentional walk and Jeff Conine loaded the
bases with an infield hit.
Corey Patterson followed with an RBI single, Millar hit a
three-run double and Ramon Hernandez singled before the final run
scored on a grounder by Roberts that resulted in a rundown and a
Tejada homered on an 0-2 pitch from Marcum in the fifth to make
it 9-0 and prompt Gibbons to mercifully remove his starter.
"I just wasn't locating pitches in the first inning. They were
hitting everything, no matter if they were hard or soft, they were
finding some holes and gaps," Marcum said. "I kind of settled
down after that and just tried to locate some pitches, and I think
I did that from the second the fifth. But Tejada was a changeup
that was down and away -- another missed location."
Roberts homered in the sixth off Dustin McGowan for a 10-0 lead.
Millar's two-run double and a two-run single by Hernandez
highlighted a five-run seventh.
Although the Orioles are out of contention, their performance
this week against New York and Toronto shows they can still make
some noise in the AL East.
"It's not how you start, it's how you finish," Millar said.
"There are six weeks left. We can do some damage."
Millar's five RBI tied a career high. ... Toronto's Roy
Halladay goes after his 16th win Sunday. He's 2-0 vs Baltimore this
season. ... Tejada went 2-for-4 and is batting .380 against Toronto
this season. ... Marcum is 0-3 with a 9.26 ERA on the road.