- The Washington Times - Monday, August 5, 2002

TORONTO (AP) Kelvim Escobar barely bounced back.
Eric Hinske hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, and Escobar hung on for his 21st save as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-4 yesterday.
Escobar gave up a go-ahead three-run homer to Gary Matthews Jr. in the ninth inning of Friday night's 9-8 loss.
Yesterday, Escobar got two quick outs before Chris Singleton singled. He then walked Matthews on four pitches and allowed Singleton to steal third before striking out Tony Batista to end it.
"It was good to get it done anyhow because of my last game," Escobar said.
The 26-year old right-hander said he wanted to get revenge on Matthews by striking him out, but after falling behind 2-0, he didn't give him anything to hit.
"I didn't want to make a mistake and get hurt like the last game," said Escobar, who has blown six save chances and has a 4.89 ERA.
"It hasn't been easy. It's been tough. I guess that's the life of being a reliever," he said.
Hinske drove in two runs as Toronto stopped the Orioles' four-game winning streak.
After Tom Wilson singled off B.J. Ryan (2-1) in the seventh, pinch-runner Dewayne Wise stole second and advanced to third on Shannon Stewart's infield single.
Hinske followed with an infield single to second baseman Jerry Hairston, who didn't throw to first base after fielding the high chopper.
"I was just looking for a first pitch over the plate, and I hit it into the ground. It bounced on the turf, and we got the run," Hinske said. "It was a huge win for us. Escobar came back and closed the game out after giving up the first game of the series. That's great for him."
Hinske, who ended an 0-for-14 slump Saturday, went 2-for-3 with a walk. The 24-year-old third baseman leads all AL rookies with 58 RBI.
Felix Heredia (1-2) pitched an inning for the win.
Baltimore starter John Stephens, who allowed nine runs in three innings in his major league debut on July 30, walked Stewart to lead off Toronto's first before Hinske hit an RBI double. Hinske advanced to third on a grounder before scoring on Vernon Wells' sacrifice fly.
Stewart's two-run single gave Toronto a 4-0 lead in the second.
Stephens admitted he was nervous in his second major league start.
"I wasn't hitting my spots in the first two innings, but then I settled down," said Stephens, who allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.
The Orioles tied it in the third on Marty Cordova's RBI single, Brook Fordyce's two-run double and Hairston's RBI grounder.
Carlos Delgado's franchise record streak of 432 consecutive games played ended. The Toronto first baseman missed the game with a sore back. Toronto starter Pete Walker allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings. Stephens is the 17th Australian to appear in the majors.

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