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Baltimore 2, Toronto 1

9/20/2003

BALTIMORE (AP) -- The kids won this one for the Baltimore
Orioles.

Matt Riley threw five shutout innings, and Luis Matos hit a solo
homer and later scored the winning run on Jay Gibbons' bloop single
in the eighth as the Orioles edged the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on
Saturday night.

"It's nice to see (the younger players) appear to have turned
the corner," Baltimore manager Mike Hargrove said. "It's the
first time we've had some of our kids come in and, in some
situations, dominate."

Riley got a no-decision, but pitched well enough for a win. He
earned his first victory in Toronto last Sunday and Riley stifled
the Blue Jays again, allowing three hits with four strikeouts and
two walks in five strong innings.

Hargrove is unsure if Riley will start again, but the
left-hander definitely wants the ball once more.

"I came out with a better fastball than I had in Toronto,"
Riley said. "It's just another stepping stone for me to get
better. I feel great."

Said Toronto manager Carlos Tosca: "I thought Riley overpowered
us tonight."

Matos homered for the first time in more than a month and began
the game-winning rally by reaching on a one-out infield single off
Cory Lidle. Larry Bigbie singled off Trever Miller, moving Matos to
third.

Gibbons followed with a flare that fell just in front of
charging left fielder Reed Johnson and gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead.

"I was just trying to put it in play," Gibbons said. "I hit
it way off the end of my bat."

Matos last homered off Mariano Rivera on Aug. 16 and has 11
homers but said getting on base is his main job.

"I need to be on base so the guys can bring me in," Matos
said. "I'm not a home-run hitter."

Kerry Ligtenberg (3-2) got the win after getting the final out
of the eighth. Jorge Julio pitched the ninth for his 35th save.

The Gibbons hit made a hard-luck loser of Lidle (12-14) and
ruined one of his best starts. The right-hander looked sharp in
holding the Orioles to two runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings.

"I was in control of the ball," Lidle said. "I put the ball
where I wanted to and was able to change speeds."

John Parrish relieved Riley in the sixth and ran into trouble in
the seventh. Bobby Kielty led off with a walk and went to third on
Chris Woodward's one-out double. Parrish struck out Orlando Hudson
but threw a wild pitch with Johnson up, allowing Kielty to score
the tying run.

Game notes
Parrish hasn't allowed a run in nine of his 12 appearances
with the Orioles. ... Nine of Matos' 11 homers have been solo
shots. ... Johnson had two hits and extended his Toronto rookie
record hitting streak to 17 games. ... Woodward's double broke an
0-for-18 streak, the longest of his career.