- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 12, 2009

BALTIMORE | Melvin Mora ended a 50-game homerless drought with an opposite-field drive in the 12th inning Saturday night, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Mora had gone 189 at-bats without a homer since May 7 before connecting with one out against Jesse Carlson. The liner barely made it into the right-field bleachers. The homer drought was the longest of his career.

Luke Scott also homered for Baltimore to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. Mark Hendrickson worked the 12th for the Orioles, who improved to 6-0 after being shut out.

Toronto got the potential go-ahead run to third base with one out in the 11th after Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters dropped the ball in a botched rundown. But Brian Bass worked out of trouble by striking out pinch hitter Lyle Overbay and retiring Rod Barajas on a sharp grounder to third.

Baltimore wasted a one-out double by Nick Markakis in the bottom half.

Aaron Hill had two hits and drove in a run for the Blue Jays, who have lost 11 of 14.

Baltimore used successive doubles by Markakis and Aubrey Huff to go up 3-2 in the sixth, but Toronto tied it in the eighth. After Jim Johnson hit Marco Scutaro with a pitch, Adam Lind singled and Scott Rolen hit a sacrifice fly.

Bidding to become the first Blue Jays rookie to win eight games before the All-Star break, Toronto starter Ricky Romero left with the score tied after giving up three runs and seven hits in eight innings.

Rich Hill allowed two runs and seven hits in six-plus innings for the Orioles after yielding a total of 21 runs and 23 hits in his previous three starts. Hill was given the starting assignment after a virus forced Jeremy Guthrie out of the rotation.

Both teams played a second straight game without their managers. Baltimore’s Dave Trembley finished a two-game suspension for his actions after an ejection in Seattle on Tuesday, and Toronto’s Cito Gaston was attending the funeral of his sister.

Dave Jauss replaced Trembley and Brian Butterfield took over for Gaston, who is expected to return Sunday.

The Orioles got a second-inning run when Wieters received credit for an RBI double on a two-out popup that glanced off the glove of charging Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells.

Scott made it 2-0 in the fourth with his team-high 18th homer, a drive to right that landed on Eutaw Street. Only 51 balls have landed on Eutaw Street in the 18-year history of Camden Yards, and Scott has hit three of them.

Toronto was 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position until Scutaro doubled in a run with two outs in the fifth and scored the tying run on a single by Aaron Hill. The uprising started when former Orioles player Kevin Millar snapped a 14-for-80 skid with a leadoff double.

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