Series: Game 3 of 3

Toronto won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, September 19
Game 2: Saturday, September 20
Game 3: Sunday, September 21

Blue Jays 7

(81-74, 45-36 away)

Orioles 4

(69-85, 40-40 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 21, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    TOR 002011030 7 16 0
    BAL 103000000 4 11 1

    W: P. Walker (2-2)

    L: H. Carrasco (2-6)

    S: A. Lopez (13)

    Reed's single opens floodgates for Toronto in eighth

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Toronto Blue Jays are determined to end their season in positive fashion.

    Reed Johnson hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run eighth inning and Carlos Delgado had four RBI as the Blue Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 7-4 Sunday.

    Toronto won its 81st game, guaranteeing the Blue Jays their first non-losing record since 2000. They have won seven of eight road games.

    "We're trying to finish up strong here," said Johnson. "We had a couple of rough months, but we came back strong in September."

    Johnson matched a career high of four hits, set June 23 against Baltimore. The left fielder extended his Toronto rookie record hitting streak to 18 games.

    "I think that this ballclub on a lot of occasions has shown a lot of character and a lot of fight in them," manager Carlos Tosca said.

    Pete Walker (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

    "Hopefully we can carry this last month into spring training and into April," Johnson said. "Hopefully we can be more consistent next year."

    Kevin Cash began a string of five straight eighth-inning hits by doubling to the right-center field gap with one out off Hector Carrasco (2-6). He scored on Johnson's hit up the middle.

    Delgado, who earlier hit his 36th home run and a sacrifice fly, followed singles by Eric Hinske and Vernon Wells with a two-run, bases-loaded single off B.J. Ryan.

    "It's awful nice when a kid like Johnson has a day like he did," Tosca said. "Then you have Delgado and Wells in the middle of the lineup to get some runs in for you."

    Baltimore took a 4-2 lead with a three-run third inning off Mark Hendrickson. Larry Bigbie's RBI single followed singles by Jerry Hairston and Luis Matos. Jay Gibbons walked to load the bases and rookie Carlos Mendez lined a two-out, two-run single for a 4-2 lead.

    Toronto tied it with runs in the fifth and sixth off Rodrigo Lopez.

    "Rodrigo had good stuff today. He had poor command of it and pitched to deep in the count to a lot of hitters," Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "He competed well but just didn't seem to make the pitch when he needed to."

    Johnson and Hinske opened the fifth with singles. After Lopez cut down Johnson at the plate on a grounder, Delgado delivered his sacrifice fly.

    Bobby Kielty doubled leading off the sixth and eventually scored on Johnson's single.

    Wells' sacrifice fly and Delgado's home run put Toronto up 2-1 in the third. Johnson singled, stole second and advanced to third on a grounder to set up Wells' fly.

    Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the first. Brian Roberts scored on Bigbie's sacrifice fly.

    Bigbie helped stop a Toronto rally in the second with a running catch of Orlando Hudson's drive to left field with two on.

    Lopez, who gave up nine hits over 5 2-3 innings, remained winless in seven career games against Toronto.

    Game notes

    OF Jay Gibbons was picked as the 2003 Most Valuable Oriole in a vote by media who cover the team on a regular basis. Gibbons leads the club with 98 RBI, but is 1-for-13 lifetime off Hendrickson. ... Delgado is hitting .500 (5-for-10) vs. Lopez with three homers and eight RBI. ... The Orioles finished with a 40-40 home record. ... Kurt Ainsworth made his Baltimore debut, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

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