BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Blue Jays' stagnant offense showed signs of
emerging from a season-long slump, and Roy Halladay reaped the
Carlos Delgado and Eric Hinske each had three RBI, and Vernon
Wells and Woodward drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Jays, who
roughed up Sidney Ponson and won their second straight game for the
first time this season.
"Those guys that have track records, you're going to look up at
the end of the year and they're going to have numbers," Blue Jays
manager Carlos Tosca said.
Halladay (2-3) allowed three runs -- two earned -- and seven hits
in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three, improving to
10-2 lifetime against Baltimore.
"Obviously, it helps when you go out and score runs like
that," Halladay said. "It makes it easier to pitch. It helps you
go out and be aggressive. We got on them early today and it made
things a lot easier."
Toronto, which set season highs for runs and hits (17), has won
three of four. But the Blue Jays' 6-12 start still matches the
worst in franchise history.
"Nobody likes to struggle," said Delgado, who was 7-for-12 in
the series, raising his average from .111 to .246. "We all worked
really hard. There were times we wouldn't hit water if you pushed
us out of a boat. We kept battling and it seems everything is
Rafael Palmeiro drove in two runs for the Orioles, who have
dropped two straight.
Toronto took advantage of two Baltimore errors to score a pair
of unearned runs for a 2-0 lead in the first. One scored on third
baseman Melvin Mora's major league-worst eighth error and the other
on an RBI single by Hinske.
"When you fall behind a team like that and you have Halladay
pitching, it's an uphill battle," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli
Palmeiro's run-scoring groundout trimmed the lead in half, but
the Blue Jays got three runs in the second off Ponson (2-1).
Woodward hit a one-out single and went to third on Howie Clark's
double down the left-field line. After Ponson got Frank Catalanotto
on a soft liner, Wells slapped a two-run single to center, ending
an 0-for-8 drought. He scored from first on Delgado's single to
Palmeiro's RBI double cut it to 6-2 in the third, but Woodward
tripled to right-center and scored on Catalanotto's sacrifice fly
in the fourth.
Miguel Tejada's sacrifice fly in the fifth made it 6-3.
Ponson left after loading the bases with one out in the sixth on
Woodward's double, a one-out walk to Catalanotto and Wells' single.
John Parrish relieved and Delgado hit his first pitch down the
right-field line for a two-run double and an 8-3 lead.
After an intentional walk to Josh Phelps, Hinske lofted a
sacrifice fly to center, scoring Wells. Delgado was out trying to
advance to third.
Ponson allowed nine runs -- seven earned -- and 10 hits.
"I threw some good pitches and they got base hits, I threw some
bad pitches and they hit them pretty hard," Ponson said. "That's
a bad combination."
Woodward hit a two-run double in Toronto's six-run eighth. Reed
Johnson added a two-run single.
Palmeiro has 1,703 RBI, moving him past Reggie Jackson and
into 17th place on the career list. Palmeiro's double was the
2,800th hit of his career. ... Woodward entered 1-for-14 against
Ponson. ... Toronto starters other than Halladay are 0-7.