- The Washington Times - Friday, June 27, 2003

TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Delgado homered twice to increase his American League-leading total to 25 as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-8 last night.

Delgado tied his season high with five RBI and now has driven in a major league-best 86 runs. The slugging first baseman hit a two-run shot off Rodrigo Lopez in the second inning. The ball hit off the top of Windows restaurant in center field, giving Toronto an 8-6 lead.

Delgado’s two-run homer in the eighth off Buddy Groom made it 12-8. Tom Wilson, who had a career-high four hits, followed with a homer.

Wilson went 4-for-4 with a walk for the Blue Jays, who split the four-game series.

Baltimore’s Melvin Mora went 2-for-3 with two walks, raising his American League-leading average to .370.

Toronto third baseman Eric Hinske, activated from the disabled list before the game, made two errors in the top of the second, leading to four unearned runs. Hinske also went 0-for-5.

Winner Tanyon Sturtze (6-4) pitched four scoreless innings of relief.

After Toronto’s Reed Johnson reached on shortstop Deivi Cruz’s throwing error in the fifth, Chris Woodward doubled off Travis Driskill (1-3). Shannon Stewart then hit a sacrifice fly, giving Toronto a 9-8 lead.

Frank Catalanotto followed with an RBI single.

Mora’s RBI single and Jeff Conine’s sacrifice fly gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the first.

The Blue Jays batted around in the bottom half, scoring six runs off Lopez. Vernon Wells, who went 3-for-4, hit a two-run double under the glove of third baseman Tony Batista. Wells went to third on the throw to the plate and scored on Delgado’s sacrifice fly.

Johnson later hit a two-run double, and Woodward followed with an RBI grounder, giving Toronto a 6-2 lead.

The Orioles scored four unearned runs in the second as Carlos Mendez reached on Hinske’s fielding error and later scored on Luis Matos’ single off starter Mark Hendrickson. Mora followed with a two-run double and scored on Hinske’s throwing error, tying it at 6-6.

Delgado homered off Lopez in the bottom half.

Lopez allowed eight runs — six earned — on seven hits in 1⅔ innings, the second shortest outing of his career.

Hendrickson lasted just two innings, giving up eight runs — four earned.

Tony Batista led off the third with his third home run of the series. Brian Roberts later followed with an RBI grounder, tying it 8-8.

Notes — Hinske returned after being sidelined since May24 with a broken bone in his right hand. … The Orioles play host to the Philadelphia Phillies this weekend. The Orioles are 5-10 against National League teams this year and 51-67 in the seven-year history of interleague play.

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