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Toronto 5, Baltimore 4 (12 innings)

4/24/2004

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Off to a dismal start, the Toronto Blue Jays
are hoping to build some positive momentum.

Frank Catalanotto hit a tiebreaking single in the 12th inning
Saturday, leading the Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 5-4.

"I'm starting to see real signs of our offense starting to come
back and grind out at-bats," Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.
"I'm hoping we win this series and win the next one and the next.
... There has to be some consistency."

Chris Woodward led off the 12th by doubling off the left-field
wall against Mike DeJean (0-1). Catalanotto followed with a single
through the hole at shortstop.

"I tried to throw a fastball down and away, and it's really not
my strong suit. I'm a sinkerball pitcher and if he hits it to the
shortstop, it's a different inning," DeJean said.

Kerry Ligtenberg (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the
victory. The Blue Jays, off to a franchise-worst 5-12 start,
stranded 18 runners.

Toronto has come from behind in four of its wins.

"It's been real tough for us lately -- we haven't been swinging
the bats the way we're capable," said Blue Jays catcher Kevin
Cash, who homered. "So it's good when we can overcome what
happened today and get a win.

Tosca was ejected in the 11th inning by plate umpire Mike
Everitt for arguing after Melvin Mora popped up and the ball went
off the glove of Cash near the first-base line. Everitt ruled that
Mora did not interfere with Cash's ability to make a catch, but
Mora wound up at first on the error. It was the fourth ejection of
Tosca's career.

Miguel Tejada had three hits, including a homer, and two RBI
for the Orioles, who had won seven of eight. Javy Lopez also drove
in two runs.

Carlos Delgado had a season-high four hits, including a home
run, for Toronto, which had lost six of seven.

Lopez's two-out RBI single in the first staked Eric Bedard to a
1-0 lead and Tejada hit a two-run homer off Pat Hentgen in the
third.

Bedard was chased in the fourth when Dave Berg hit a run-scoring
single and Woodward had an RBI double. Delgado tied it 3-all with a
solo homer in the fifth off Rick Bauer.

Lopez hit an RBI single in the bottom half, after Rafael
Palmeiro was picked off first, but Cash retied it with a
sixth-inning homer.

Game notes
After the game, Toronto designated RHP Josh Towers for
assignment and optioned RHP Aquilino Lopez to Triple-A Syracuse.
The Blue Jays purchased the contract of RHP Justin Miller from
Syracuse and recalled RHP Micheal Nakamura from the same club. ...
LHP B.J. Ryan pitched 1 1-3 innings of scoreless relief for
Baltimore and unscored upon in 10 2-3 innings over seven
appearances this year. ... Tejada is 8-for-19 against Hentgen with
four homers and nine RBI.