Lopez homered to spark a six-run second inning, and Matt Riley
pitched one-hit ball for seven dominant innings as Baltimore routed
the Toronto Blue Jays 11-2 Friday night."I know this whole lineup can hit, can drive in some runs, and
we showed it today," Lopez said.The Blue Jays managed just two hits in all, and Batista (0-2)
had poor command throughout his four-plus innings."(Batista) had real trouble throwing the ball over the plate,
all of his pitches," Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. "And when
he finally did throw one over the plate, it would stay out there
and get hit."The Orioles, boosted by the offseason signings of Lopez, Miguel
Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro, took full advantage, jumping out to a
big lead en route to their second straight win.Palmeiro also homered off Batista, who gave up seven runs, seven
hits and three walks. Jay Gibbons added a three-run shot in the
eighth off Aquilino Lopez.Riley (1-0) kept the Blue Jays' offense down, allowing only Josh
Phelps' homer in the second and three walks. He struck out a
career-high seven."Me and Javy, we've become pretty good friends since I've been
here," Riley said. "Before every game, we'll sit and we'll talk
about what we're going to do. He's become like a mentor for me
since I've been here. He's kind of taken me under his wing and
shown me the ropes. It's been great for me. When we're out there we
trust each other."Riley also got his first major league win in Toronto, last Sept.
14."I can call this my second home, I guess," he said.Rick Bauer pitched a hitless eighth before John Parrish gave up
a double to Vernon Wells and Chris Gomez's run-scoring groundout in
the ninth.Most of Riley's run support came in the second. After Lopez
opened the scoring by driving a 3-1 pitch over the wall in
right-center, Batista walked Gibbons, and David Segui singled.Luis Matos' single drove in Baltimore's second run. After Larry
Bigbie walked to load the bases, Brian Roberts brought home two
more with a double to right. Melvin Mora made it 5-0 with a
run-scoring single, and Palmeiro capped the rally with a sacrifice
fly."In the second inning I was behind too much," Batista said.Phelps homered in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1, but
Riley made sure there would be no rally on this night.Batista bounced back with a couple of quick innings, but
Palmeiro led off the fifth by turning a 3-1 pitch into his first
homer of the year.That ended Batista's night after 90 pitches, just 45 for
strikes.Jason Frasor made his major league debut in relief of Batista.
Frasor went 1 2-3 innings, giving up two hits and a walk before he
was replaced by Valerio De Los Santos in the sixth.Segui added an RBI double in the seventh off De Los Santos to
make it 8-1.Riley had four perfect innings."That's a good offensive team. He was overwhelming to me,"
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said. "You've got to put a star next
to his name tonight. He did a great job. He's a full-throttle guy.
He goes all out, all the time."
The Orioles have struggled against Toronto since 2001,
going 1-13-2 in the past 16 series and getting swept six times. ...
Baltimore OF Jack Cust, designated for assignment Wednesday,
cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Ottawa. ... Tosca
tinkered with his starting rotation, slipping lefty Ted Lilly
between Roy Halladay and Batista. The move means Lilly will start
Wednesday against Boston at SkyDome. ... No. 5 starter Josh Towers
makes his season debut Saturday against Baltimore. He has yet to
pitch this season, and the Blue Jays hope he's good for 50-60
pitches. "I'm going to be pretty amped up," Towers said.