- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 23, 2008

BALTIMORE | Adam Lind had a career-high four hits, including a three-run homer, and light-hitting John McDonald had four RBI to rally the Toronto Blue Jays past the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Tuesday night.

Alex Rios also homered for the Blue Jays, who trailed 4-0 after three innings and 7-6 after five.

Toronto’s comeback took some of the sting away from a poor performance by starter Shaun Marcum, making his first start in more than a month after being sidelined with elbow soreness. Marcum gave up seven runs and eight hits, including three home runs, in 4 2/3 innings.

Jesse Carlson (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, and B.J. Ryan worked the ninth for his 19th save. Ryan gave up a two-out RBI single to Mora and then issued two walks to load the bases retiring Ramon Hernandez on a fly ball.

Melvin Mora went 4-for-5 with a season-high five RBI for Baltimore. In six games since the All-Star break, he is 12-for-24 with four home runs and 14 RBI.

Nick Markakis and Ramon Hernandez also homered for the Orioles, who have lost 10 of 14.

The Blue Jays took the lead for good with a three-run sixth. After Fernando Cabrera (0-1) retired the first two batters, he gave up a single and a walk. Alberto Castillo entered, and Lind hit the left-hander’s second pitch over the right-field scoreboard.

Rod Barajas added an RBI single in the eighth.

After Olson yielded five runs in the fifth inning, Baltimore scored three runs in the bottom half to go up 7-6. Aubrey Huff hit a leadoff double and Mora followed with his 15th homer. Three batters later, Hernandez hit a solo shot.

It would be Baltimore’s final lead.

After Markakis hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Toronto loaded the bases in the second but failed to score.

Baltimore made it 4-0 in the third. Scott Rolen misplayed Adam Jones’ grounder to third, Markakis walked and Huff singled to fill the bases for Mora, who hit a two-run double.

The Blue Jays got a fourth-inning run on a sacrifice fly by McDonald but again left the bases loaded.

- Markakis went 1-for-2 with a homer and a walk against Marcum, improving his lifetime numbers against the right-hander to 8-for-17 with four walks and five home runs and six RBI. …

Eight of Lind’s last 15 hits have gone for extra bases. …

Jones has reached base safely in 21 straight games. …

Despite his poor outing, Olson lowered his career ERA against Toronto from 17.05 to 14.73.

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