- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 24, 2009

TORONTO (AP) | After snapping a lengthy losing streak, Toronto rookie Scott Richmond was two parts frustration, one part relief.

Travis Snider homered and had two RBI, Richmond won for the first time since June 24 and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep, beating the Baltimore Orioles 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Baltimore lost its season-high seventh straight and lost for the eighth time in nine games in Toronto this season. The Orioles have been outscored 48-19 over their losing streak.

Richmond (7-10) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings to win for the first time in 10 starts. The rookie, 0-6 since beating Cincinnati on June 24, walked four and struck out two.

“It was an improvement from the previous [starts], but there’s still work to be done,” Richmond said. “I’d like to go from struggling to lights out, but it just doesn’t work like that. You’ve got to go pitch by pitch, battle by battle.”

It’s the second time this season the Blue Jays swept the Orioles. They did it May 1-3 at Rogers Centre.

Richmond had allowed five runs or more in each of his past five starts and didn’t make it past the second inning in his last outing, an 11-4 loss at Tampa Bay. Despite getting the win, the right-hander was upset at himself for not working deeper into Wednesday’s game.

“I don’t want go five innings, you know what I mean?” Richmond said. “But the way the last few outings have gone, five innings is an improvement.”

Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston praised Richmond for earning the win despite failing to command his breaking ball.

“I don’t think he had the best curveball tonight,” Gaston said. “He usually has a pretty good curveball that breaks pretty sharp. This one was just kind of rolling a little bit.”

Casey Janssen, Josh Roenicke and Brandon League all worked one inning before Jason Frasor finished.

Jeremy Guthrie (10-16), who has lost four of five, allowed seven runs, five earned, and eight hits in seven-plus innings.

Guthrie threw 105 pitches, only 58 strikes.

“You can’t pitch and expect that you’re going to be successful when you’re pitching at that ratio, pitching behind a lot, and that’s what he did,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

Baltimore first baseman Michael Aubrey opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, his first of the season.

Toronto halved the deficit in the bottom of the inning on consecutive doubles by Edwin Encarnacion and Lyle Overbay, then tied it in the third on Encarnacion’s sacrifice fly.

“We had a 2-0 lead and couldn’t hold it,” Trembley said. “That’s when you want to add on. Once you score two you want to add on and kind of build from there, and we didn’t do that.”

Note - Baltimore third baseman Melvin Mora was scratched from the lineup with sore legs after two games on the artificial turf at Rogers Centre. Justin Turner started at third.

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