- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2008

TORONTO (AP) | Adam Lind drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

Leading 5-4 in the ninth, Baltimore handed the ball to closer George Sherrill (2-4), who struck out pinch hitter Marco Scutaro but gave up a single to Rod Barajas and a double to Scott Rolen. Pinch hitter Gregg Zaun was walked intentionally to load the bases for Lyle Overbay, who tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Lind followed with a single to right, bringing home Rolen with the decisive run to give Sherrill his sixth blown save and the Orioles their fifth straight loss.

Toronto right-hander Shawn Camp (2-1) worked one inning for the victory.

The late collapse spoiled seven strong innings from Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed two runs and four hits.

Baltimore opened the scoring in the first when Nick Markakis doubled, extending his hitting streak to a career-high 17 games, and scored on a two-out single by Aubrey Huff.

The Orioles made it 3-0 in the second. Melvin Mora and Jay Payton began the inning with consecutive doubles and Payton went to third on a fly ball before scoring on Brandon Fahey’s grounder.

The Blue Jays got one back in the fourth when Joe Inglett singled, moved to second on a grounder, went to third on a passed ball and scored when Alex Rios grounded out.

Toronto cut it to 3-2 in the sixth when Lind doubled and came around on grounders from Inglett and David Eckstein.

The Orioles added two more in the eighth against relievers Brian Tallet and Brandon League, loading the bases on Brian Roberts’ single, an intentional walk to Huff and a walk to Ramon Hernandez before Mora lined a two-run single to right.

Toronto replied with RBI grounders from Inglett and Eckstein in the bottom half, setting up the ninth-inning rally.

Pitching for the first time since June 28 and making only his second appearance of the season, Toronto left-hander John Parrish overcame early struggles to work seven innings. He allowed three runs and six hits, walked two and struck out three.

The Orioles had two runners thrown out on the bases in the fifth. Roberts drew a one-out walk and was caught trying to steal second. Markakis followed with a walk but was picked off first base by Parrish to end the inning.

Rolen made the defensive play of the game in the first, diving into foul territory to snag a smash from Kevin Millar, then throwing to first from his knees.

- Before the game, Toronto placed outfielder Vernon Wells (strained hamstring) on the 15-day DL. Wells, who was injured on a steal of third base Wednesday, is expected to miss four to six weeks. …

An MRI exam on the shoulder of Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan revealed no further damage to a tear in his rotator cuff. McGowan is expected to miss at least four weeks.

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