- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 6, 2002

TORONTO (AP) Steve Parris might be pitching his way on to another team.

Parris allowed six hits in eight innings to win his fifth straight decision as the Toronto Blue Jays beat Baltimore Orioles 7-1 yesterday.

"Whether I'm part of this team or not is up to J.P.," Parris said of general manager J.P. Ricciardi. "Obviously, they are going younger, and I think that's the direction they need to go, to be honest with you. Whether I'm part of it or not, I'm going to enjoy my time here and pitch as well as I can."

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The 34-year-old right-hander is eligible to become a free agent after this season and isn't expected back next year. He could be placed on waivers if he hasn't been already and traded before the Aug.31 deadline for postseason rosters.

"Anybody in my position would probably be on the trading block right now. I understand that. It doesn't bother me one bit," Parris said.

Parris (5-2) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two, allowing Melvin Mora's fourth career leadoff homer.

Luke Prokopec finished with a perfect ninth, completing Toronto's fifth win in seven games overall.

"I don't what know what teams would be interested," Parris said. "There might be a few out there. Everybody is interested in starting pitching. Hopefully, I can keep it up."

Orlando Hudson, Chris Woodward and Dewayne Wise homered for the Blue Jays, who have won 16 of their last 20 against the Orioles.

Rookie Rodrigo Lopez (12-4), who had been unbeaten in six starts since June 20, gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings.

"My fastball was up and my breaking ball wasn't working," Lopez said.

Jose Cruz Jr., who went 3-for-4 with a walk, had a tying double in the third, and Woodward homered leading off the fourth for a 2-1 lead.

Hudson hit his first major league home run later in the inning, a two-run drive.

Cruz tripled in the fifth off the glove of second baseman Jerry Hairston, who couldn't field the popup to shallow right field. Cruz scored on a single by Vernon Wells.

Wise added a two-run homer off Rick Bauer in the seventh.

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