TORONTO (AP) -- Eric DuBose became the latest inexperienced starter to shut down the struggling Blue Jays.
DuBose, B.J. Ryan and Buddy Groom combined on a four-hitter,
pitching the Baltimore Orioles past Toronto 7-0 Sunday for their
fourth straight victory.Miguel Tejada had four hits and Jay Gibbons hit a two-run double
for the Orioles, who swept the three-game series -- their first
sweep at SkyDome in 10 years.They did it by dominating Toronto's offense, allowing just 12
hits while outscoring the Blue Jays 23-5.DuBose (1-2) gave up three hits -- all singles -- while striking
out five and walking one in seven innings.Baltimore rookie Matt Riley won Friday night by allowing just
two runs in five innings, and second-year starter Kurt Ainsworth
pitched seven strong innings Saturday."We have the stuff to pitch here," said DuBose, also a
second-year starter. "This is a big series for the three of us. We
came in here and pitched to our abilities. Riley threw a great game
to set the pace, and then Ainsworth followed that ... and I came
out here and pitched the way I wanted to pitch."Ryan worked the eighth and Groom the ninth to complete
Baltimore's first shutout of the season.Toronto fell to 0-6 at home and 3-9 overall, matching the worst
start in club history."It's definitely frustrating and disappointing because we left
camp with high expectations," slugger Carlos Delgado said. "We
felt like we really improved our club over the offseason."The Blue Jays, off to their worst home start ever, have been
outscored 43-11 at SkyDome.Delgado is in a 0-for-15 slump, dropping his average to .119.
Four other starters are also hitting below .200."Everybody is just struggling right now," Delgado said.Inexperienced Detroit starters Jeremy Bonderman, Mike Maroth and
Nate Robertson also beat the Blue Jays this year.Blue Jays starter Pat Hentgen (0-2) took the loss, but looked
sharp against his former team, allowing three runs -- two earned --
and six hits in seven innings. Hentgen pitched for the Orioles from
2001-03, but signed with the Blue Jays in the offseason.He thinks his new team will turn it around."You've got guys with proven track records here. If you look on
their card, and look at the stats, you're going to see
consistency," Hentgen said. "We just have to let the season play
out. It's early."Javy Lopez added an RBI single in the ninth to extend his
hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.Tejada's RBI single and Rafael Palmeiro's sacrifice fly gave
Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the sixth.Larry Bigbie hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Gibbons'
two-run double and Luis Matos' RBI single made it 6-0 in the
Baltimore's last sweep in Toronto was June 24-26, 1994. ...
The Orioles won just one of their previous 16 series against the
Blue Jays (1-13-2), including six sweeps by Toronto. ... The Blue
Jays also started 3-9 in 1978 and '81. ... Director Ron Howard sat
behind home plate. ... The Orioles have won five of six overall.