- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 20, 2001


From combined dispatches

TORONTO Roy Halladay handed the Baltimore Orioles their season-high 10th straight loss, striking out a career-high 11 in leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-1 victory last night.

Baltimore is on its longest losing streak since a 10-game skid from June 23-July 3, 1999. The Orioles have lost 16 of their last 17, dropping to 55-89.

Halladay (4-2) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings and walked none. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 12 of 13 starts; Toronto's bullpen has blown four save chances in games he left with leads.

Paul Quantrill pitched a hitless eighth, and Billy Koch finished the five-hitter for his 33rd save in 38 chances.

Raul Mondesi hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have won four of their last five.

Attendance was 31,303 for Cal Ripken bobblehead night. Ripken, who will retire at the end of the season, went 1-for-4 with a double and a game-ending strikeout. He received a loud ovation before each plate appearance.

Jeff Conine put Baltimore ahead in the first with an RBI single, but Brad Fullmer's run-scoring single tied it in the second.

Mondesi followed Carlos Delgado's fourth-inning single with a home run off Calvin Maduro (3-6).

Shannon Stewart added an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Jose Cruz Jr. from second. Cruz ignored third base coach Terry Bevington's stop sign and slid home before the tag.

Maduro, who has lost three of his last four starts, allowed four runs an eight hits in 4* innings.

Notes In Baltimore, the Orioles announced tighter security measures at Camden Yards in response to last week's terrorist attacks. They will be in effect for the first time starting tomorrow night.

Fans will not be permitted to bring coolers, backpacks or other containers into the park, and prohibited materials will not be checked at entrance gates. Purses and camera bags will be allowed but will be subject to search. Also, the Orioles will no longer allow fans to leave the ballpark and come back inside.

Baltimore police will station additional officers at entrance gates and on the upper level of the stadium. There will also be barriers blocking entrances to the service level, as well as the Camden Street and Eutaw Street entrances. The security measures will remain in effect at least through the remainder of this season… .

National broadcast plans for Cal Ripken's finale Oct. 6 at Camden Yards finally came into focus yesterday, with Fox-controlled cable outlet FX officially scheduled to air the game nationwide, except in the Washington/Baltimore area. Comcast SportsNet will carry the game locally… .

The Orioles are 15-42 since the All-Star break and have been outscored 106-29 over their last 17 games… .

The Blue Jays still don't know what's wrong with right-hander Kelvim Escobar, who left his Tuesday start with numbness in his right arm. Escobar has undergone tests, but they were inconclusive.

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