Orioles win laugher over Jays
An explosive performance by the Baltimore Orioles offence coupled with Daniel Cabrera's best start of the season added up to big trouble for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Baltimore scored seven runs in the first inning and Cabreratossed a complete-game shutoutas the Orioles pounded the Blue Jays15-0 Saturday in Baltimore.
It was Toronto's most lopsided shutout loss since an identical defeat against the Yankees in September, 1977.
Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis and Brian Roberts homered, while Kevin Millar drove in five runs with a pair of doubles for the Orioles.With the win, the Orioles gave up the dubious distinction of being theonly team in the major leagues without a four-game winning streak this season.
The Oriolessent 10 batters to the plate in the first, racking up six hits, including a home run and a pair of doubles, off Toronto starter Shaun Marcum.
Marcum (1-3) settled down a bit after the horrificopening, but still coughed up nine earned runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking three over 4 1/3 innings of work.
"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," said Marcum, who was removed from the game in the fifth aftera MiguelTejada home runmade the score 9-0.
After chasing Marcum, the Orioles put together another big inning in the seventh. In batting around for the second time in the game, Baltimore scored five runs off Toronto relievers Dustin McGowan and Brian Tallet.
Guam's Hattig makes debut
While the Blue Jays' pitchers struggled mightily, Cabrera (6-8) put together his finest outing of the season. The 25-year-old allowed justfive hits while striking out10 and walking twoen route to his first complete game since June 25, 2004, when he blanked the Atlanta Braves.
"A shutout, that's the best thing a pitcher can do. That's a perfect game for me," said Cabrera, who permitted only one runner to advance past second base. "Every pitcher wants to throw a shutout."
"He just had it all together today," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said of Cabrera, who was sent to the minors last month to work on his control."He worked the outside corner a lot, located his fastball down and away. I'm really proud of him."
On a day with few bright spots for the Blue Jays, rookie John Hattig provided a highlight by becoming the first player from Guam to appear in a major-league game.
After replacing Troy Glaus at third base in the fourth inning, Hattig, 26,made his first big-league plate appearance in the sixth. It was less than a memorable debut, though: Cabrera struck him out on three pitches.
Hattig didn't fare any better in his second at-bat, taking a called third strikein the ninth.
With files from Associated Press