- The Washington Times - Friday, September 21, 2001


TORONTO (AP) Pinch hitter Tony Batista helped Baltimore end a 10-game losing streak with a go-ahead, three-run homer against his former team as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 12-6 last night.
Baltimore, which stopped its longest losing streak since a 10-game skid from June 23 to July 3, 1999, rallied from a 5-1 deficit with six runs in the seventh and five runs in the eighth. It was the Orioles' first win since Aug. 31.
Luis Matos hit a two-run double off Chris Carpenter in the seventh, Jeff Conine hit an RBI single off Bob File (3-3), and Batista, pinch-hitting for Chris Richard, homered off Pedro Borbon for a 7-5 lead.
Batista, claimed on waivers by the Orioles on June 25, has 10 homers and 32 RBI with the Orioles and 23 homers overall. Batista hit .207 in 72 games with Toronto this season and also hit a tiebreaking two-run homer against the Blue Jays on June 29.
Brian Roberts added a three-run double in the eighth off Paul Quantrill, and Batista and Cal Ripken hit RBI singles in the eighth.
John Parrish (1-1) pitched one-third of an inning for the win as the Orioles ended their eight game losing streak to Toronto.
Ripken, who plans to retire at the end of the season, went 2-for-5 with two RBI in what figures to be his last game in Toronto. He received a loud ovation during each plate appearance.
Shannon Stewart and Carlos Delgado each had two RBI for the Blue Jays, who had won three straight.
Toronto scored five runs in the second off Josh Towers on Homer Bush's RBI single, Stewart's two-run single and Delgado's two-run double. Towers allowed five runs on 10 hits in 5* innings.
Ripken's RBI single in the fourth made 5-1.
Notes The Blue Jays honored Ripken before the game. The Orioles' third baseman received a painting of himself alongside Lou Gehrig, a Blue Jays uniform with No. 8 on it and a $5,000 check for his literacy foundation… . Toronto general manager Gord Ash was booed when he was introduced during Ripken's ceremony… .
The Orioles improved to 16-42 since the All-Star break… . Toronto starter Chris Carpenter allowed five runs and six hits in 6* innings.

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