TORONTO (AP) -- Matt Riley never thought it would take this long
to get his first major league win.
"It feels great. It's been long road back since 1999. I figured
I'd get his win a long time ago," Riley said.
Riley (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings,
struck out four and walked three. The 24-year-old left-hander, who
had not pitched in the major leagues since Sept. 30, 1999, against
the New York Yankees, and was 4-2 with a 3.58 ERA in 13 starts this
season with Triple-A Ottawa.
"I felt like I belonged out there today. In '99, I wasn't quite
ready," Riley said. "I was really nervous. I remember I balked
twice in my first start. Today, my team scored three runs in the
first for me, and that took the edge off a lot."
Riley was on the fast track to success in 1999, when he made his
major league debut with Baltimore in only his second professional
season. He made three starts that September -- his only big leagues
appearances before Sunday. The following spring, the 21-year-old
arrived late for several practices.
He struggled in 2000 and missed the 2001 season after elbow
ligament replacement surgery.
Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said Riley has matured.
"He's grown up and settled down," Hargrove said. "He wasn't a
wild man, don't get me wrong. He wasn't a bad kid, but he was real
hyper all the time. He was a true left-hander."
Riley said he'll give the game ball to his mother.
"I'm sure they are waiting for me to call," he said.
Jay Gibbons hit a two-run homer for Baltimore, which stopped a
four-game losing streak.
Cory Lidle (12-13) allowed five runs and seven hits in seven
innings for Toronto, which had won four straight.
"I'm going to take positives out of the outing. I felt good
about it," Lidle said.
Baltimore took a 3-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Larry
Bigbie and Tony Batista, and a run-scoring grounder by B.J.
Josh Phelps homered in the second, his 20th of the season. Riley
didn't allow another hit until Dave Berg singled in the fifth. Reed
Johnson followed with a single, and Mike Bordick had an RBI single.
Gibbons homered off the left-field foul pole in the sixth.
Baltimore reliever Omar Daal allowed Carlos Delgado and Phelps
to reach in the eighth, but Kerry Ligtenberg retired Bobby Kielty
on a flyout, and B.J. Ryan struck out Eric Hinske. Tom Wilson then
Jorge Julio finished for his 33rd save in 40 chances.
The Orioles haven't announced whether OF Melvin Mora will
miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, but Mora is walking
around with crutches and has a soft cast around his left knee. Mora
crashed into the right-field wall while trying to make a catch on
Saturday. He was taken to a hospital for X-rays and an MRI exam,
and is to be re-examined in Baltimore on Monday. ... Baltimore CF
Luis Matos is day to day with a strained left hamstring. ... Hinske
leads AL third baseman with 21 errors.