- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 17, 2008

TORONTO (AP) | Chris Waters pitched eight shutout innings in his major league debut last month. On Tuesday night, the left-hander went one better.

Waters threw a four-hit shutout and Luke Scott homered to lead the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

In his Aug. 5 debut, Waters allowed one hit in eight innings in a 3-0 road win over the Los Angeles Angels.

“Both of them are a dream come true,” Waters said. “For my debut to be as good as it was, and then for me to be able to complete the game today with a shutout, that’s special. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first one or the 300th one.”

Orioles manager Dave Trembley praised Waters for getting ahead and working quickly.

“He had very good tempo,” Trembley said. “He looked like he was in complete control from the first pitch of the game to the end.”

Baltimore, which had lost 17 of 21 coming in, posted its first shutout since beating Texas 9-0 on Aug. 9.

Toronto lost its third straight and saw a six-game home winning streak ended. The Blue Jays had won seven of their past eight games against the Orioles.

Making his ninth major league start, Waters (3-3) walked two and struck out three. The left-hander was 0-3 with a 6.45 ERA in his past four outings.

“Anytime I’m out there I want to go all nine,” Waters said. “Sometimes you don’t have what you need to do it but tonight was special.”

Toronto rookie Travis Snider had the only extra-base hit, a one-out double in the eighth, but Waters got out of it by retiring Marco Scutaro and Jose Bautista on grounders.

“I thought he had a great game plan,” Trembley said. “He didn’t give in, didn’t try to do too much, didn’t change his approach. He stuck with it and he threw strikes. He got ahead and didn’t try too overthrow. When they fouled pitches off, he kept coming right at them. He deserved an opportunity to finish the game. I’m real happy for him and so is the team.”

Scott opened the fourth with a drive to straightaway center, his 23rd, off reliever John Parrish, as the Orioles won consecutive games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Aug. 13 to 15.

“That was the real deal,” Trembley said of Scott’s homer. “He didn’t miss it.”

The Orioles had chances for more runs, but Ramon Hernandez grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the third and Brian Roberts stranded two runners with an inning-ending double play in the fourth.

Toronto starter Shaun Marcum (9-7) left after two-plus innings because of tightness in his right forearm that led to numbness in his pinky. Marcum missed 27 games earlier this season with a sore right elbow.

The right-hander gave up a double and a walk in the first without allowing a run and set the Orioles down in order in the second before running into control issues in the third.

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